Artist of the Week: Beach Fatigue
Beach Fatigue, our most recent Artist of the Week, are an enduring collective from Swansea, weathering line-up changes and reworkings of their name before settling on this most recent incarnation, but the core of the work they produce has remained the same - infectious, somewhat ethereal and (just on the right side of) menacing "garage-surf rock". Their own words there, but the title really does their music justice, with hints of The Black Angels, Sonic Youth and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Amy Zachariah's terse and compelling vocals with the, at times, spaghetti western twang of Ben Rodway's guitar and Billy Horwood's rhythmic underpinning on drums make their debut, self-titled album a real gem; beautifully stand-off'ish, poetic, pure and direct.
'Carousel' - a blend of stoner-infused, tribal repetition showcasing a story of integrity, back-bone and resolve in the face of a shattered relationship. Short, sweet, perfect.
'Crash' - the rhythmic persistence of The Black Angels, simple, stunningly used harmonies propelling infectious songcraft.
Their musical lives together have seen some amazing accolades attributed to them due to their energetic, up-front, raucous performances; playing at Reading & Leeds, Green Man and Swn to rave reviews from both Huw Stephens and God Is In The TV and with shows all over coming up, catch the band on a small stage while you can!
Written by Joe Bayliss