London’s Beach Riot engage in fuzz-heavy angst on latest single ‘Slackers’. Unhindered by its catchy pop motifs and familiar structural beats, an assault course of feedback, gang vocals, and a QOTSA-esque rhythm section marry perfectly with the fuzzed-up power chords – the main giveaway to the band’s expansive influences.
Vocalist Rory O’Connor, over the top of this relentless musical barrage, relays a story of a relationship gone wrong, commenting in a press release: “When you are young and start seeing someone, it gets heavy way too quickly, and you start to freak out…” as to the main lyrical theme. The lyrics are undeniably relatable and the group vocal harmonies help tie the broad musical genres being explored together. Perhaps a nod to unstated influences, or perhaps just a happy accident, a Nirvana-tinted solo rips through the second half of the song, a personal standout moment of the track.
Undeniably, Beach Riot have a knack for catchy song writing, a fact proven by their short yet equally noteworthy back catalogue. In their own words, they’re a band for people to “lose their shit to” and this track has all the qualifications for people to do just that.
The single ‘Slackers’ is out now, purchase via iTunes here.
Beach Riot’s Upcoming Live Dates:
12th August – LeeFest, Kent
2nd September – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton (w/ Bootleg Rascals)
3rd September – O2 Academy 2, Islington (w/ Bootleg Rascals)