03.26.13 — “Walking on The Streets” by Beach Day

Beach Day

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Walking on The Streets” by Beach Day (2012, from the “Walking on The Streets” single).

Beach Day is a low-fi/surf-rock/indie/fuzz trio from Hollywood, Florida. They got their start about a year ago and they’ve released a couple of singles so far. Their debut album — Trip Trap Attack will come out on June 18 via Kanine Records. Although I haven’t seen a track listing, as far as I can tell, tonight’s song will also be on the new album.

The trio comes from Hollywood, Florida. By most accounts, it’s a town that sort of got stuck in the 1950s. The band has a sound that is sort of stuck in the 1960s. There’s some heavy influence by the girl groups of that era. Specifically The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes. Occasionally, they also reveal some influence of some more modern but 60s-styled groups. I’ve heard them do one song (a cover of a one-hit-wonder song called “Love is Strange” by a 1950s R&B duo Mickey and Sylvia) that’s really fuzzed out, almost like The Jesus and Mary Chain. The thing about that, though, is that JAMC were always very open about how much they were in fact influenced by the 60s girl groups. They said all along that they just wanted to make a record that sounded like The Shangri-Las. What JAMC did, though, was rip off the legendary drum line from The Ronettes song “Be My Baby”. That drum bit has been ripped off by hundreds of bands on thousands of songs over the years, but JAMC did it no less than twice on one album. “Just Like Honey” and “Sowing Seeds”, both from Psychodandy use the often imitated iconic drumbeat.

This post isn’t supposed to be about The Jesus and Mary Chain. It’s about Beach Day.

Here, then, is today’s song:

“Walking on The Streets” by Beach Day

See? This is pure 1960s. And it’s really fantastic.

I don’t know what else to say.

Pre-order your copy of Trip Trap Attack from the Kanine web shop now.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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