Beachheads is a spin-off band from good-times heavy metal band Kvelertak, with two of that band’s members joining another drummer and a synthpop singer. Their music is more pop-friendly than Kvelertak, with sun and beaches replacing black skies and forests. Fun times! Their self-titled debut is out on Fysisk Format.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 January 2017
The blokes from Beach Heads were part of metal heads Kvelertak when they decided that they might want to do something a bit happier instead so they formed power pop band Beach Heads. You might be glad they did when you hear the strum and drum of opener 'Moment of Truth' - a wonderfully breezy piece of classic power-pop that sounds something like a meeting of minds between REM and the Replacements.
They are rough hewn. Vocalist Borild Haughom has a gravelly everyman voice and there is an emo-ish feel to these tracks but they have good tuneful melodies that would appeal to fans of early the Posies and the Lemonheads. On 'Your Highness' they use the sort of rich plangent guitars usually found in 80's US college rock bands. They match this with a punky energy and the songs rattle along at quite a pace. There's the odd moment where I feel out of my comfort zone - usually those where sound a little too Green Day for my tastes and you wish they'd get a little more arty with things because when they do as on 'Procession' they aren't that far away from REM territory.
Unpretentious punky college rock made to appeal to fans of the likes of the Replacements, Material Issue and the Windbreakers.
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