Music

Live: Beach Baby – Clwb Ifor Bach – 14/04/16

Beach Baby

Beach Baby’s surf-y, summery vibes washed into Clwb Ifor last night. As relative newcomers to the music scene they made no delay in making their presence felt. With a punchy, yet concise set, the band were well received by the small, but warm crowd.

Managed by the team behind Jungle, their debut single ‘Ladybird’, was released to warm ears last year on Chess Club. It’s catchy guitar pop, somewhere between Sundra Karma and Palma Violets. It captures the best several genres – punk and grunge – without sounding like a mess. They cite as influences the Cure, Joy Division, the Smiths, Pavement and Nirvana. ‘Ladybird ‘– conceived as “an alternative love song tracing the subconscious workings of a relationship” – has some of the Cure’s early moody majesty, only combined with the dynamics of Nirvana and the stoned triumphalism of The Stone Roses.

Their catchy tunes make a strong foundation for a full length EP to go with their growing list of festival appearances lined up for the summer. With Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape and Live at Leeds, it’s an exciting time for this band making (baby) waves!

MARK SWEENEY

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