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INTERVIEW: Fuzz-rock act Beach Riot

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Oh hi VENTS! Very good thank you. Busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mr. Fixer”?

“Mr Fixer” is one of my favourite songs of ours, it’s got this mega middle breakdown rock out bit that is the best part of our set I think. It’s also the first song we’ve stuck out with mine and Cami’s dual vocals, which is cool.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not really, it’s more trying to be an expression of an emotion, if that makes sense?! So like the bit in an argument when you wanna scream. Kinda like that.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Possibly. We have thought about doing something super DIY (which is kinda the vibe of the band in general). We might get something together in the coming weeks and stick it up.

How was the recording and writing process?

As with all our stuff, super quick and full of energy. I wrote the song in like half an hour, and we recorded it with our first single “B.A.D” in Brighton with Steven Ansell. We tried to get each part done in one take, which we did apart from some of the vocals. Why labour over stuff is our attitude.

What role does Brighton and London plays in your music?

I’m from Brighton, born and bred, but live in London now. Half the band is still in Brighton and half in London. I can’t escape my Brighton roots when song writing.. there was always a good scuzzy grungy scene when I grew up and lived there. I think living in London and playing in bands here has maybe tightened up and polished the sound a bit (in a good way).

How has Queens of the Stone Age and Nirvana have influence your writing?

Pretty massively. I used to try and hide from the Nirvana influences a bit for some reason… it seemed like a dirty word to say you loved Nirvana. These days I think FUCK IT, that’s what I grew up with and thats how I write. Adding in some Queens sexy cool vibes takes it to another place, with lots of wonky chords and riffs. Check out a 90s band called “Cable” from Derby and you’ll see what makes the holy trinity of our sound.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

ha, that would be nice! It’s still mega early days for us… if someone wanted to get involved we’ve got the tunes 😉 I think at this stage we are just focussing on playing a tonne of live shows. That’s where this band thrives. We honestly do make a shit lot of noise live.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

If and when it happens, it’ll probably have the word SLACKERS in there somewhere.

What feelings would you be tackling down on this record?

I honestly don’t really know what I’m gonna write about until 3 seconds before I pen a lyric.

Any plans to hit the road?

Big time, we’re working on it.

What else is happening next in Beach Riot’s world?

How can we afford to get Cami that 1960 Fender Musicmaster?!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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