INTERVIEW: Beachmaster

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

We’ve been good, busy but good. Between music stuff and breadwinning, it’s a busy time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Only If You Know”?

It’s rubbish…I mean, it’s about rubbish – we’re surrounded by it. It’s a sad reality that we’re pretty much occupying a living landfill and I guess that’s what this song is about. But I digress, I like to keep the actual meaning of songs open, put I believe these are themes we can all get behind.

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

Over the last few years I’ve seen where I live become more and more inundated with crap people have just idly thrown from their cars. I wrote a song about that and quickly realised that the problem has been accelerating worldwide. It’s true that Attenborough has enlightened some, but you’d have to be really shortsighted to have not seen it beforehand. In retrospect, I should have written a song with bigger scope.

Video’s out now! Get on that link!

How was the recording and writing process?

The song rolled off the tongue pretty quickly because I’d been brewing the motions for a while – if a song doesn’t happen quickly lyrically I toss it, usually. The recording also happened pretty sharpish. We had a clear plan of what we wanted out of the recorded version and Joe Marshall who produced the track used to be in the band so he was familiar with the track. I think it was one of his favourites, but I’m not too sure since he’s mostly pretty reserved with his opinions.

Have Rival Schools and Frank Turner influenced your writing?

I’m going to say very little. I’ve never heard of Rival Schools. I like two songs by Frank Turner – I forget the names but they’re both off the same album and have a dodgy spoken word song in-between. I saw him wearing a Revival Tour shirt on daytime TV once, which I respected, but I always thought he was a bit too middle class for me to relate to. Sorry Frank.

What role does Penrith play in your music?

Maybe I can say something profound and poetic about Penrith while at the same time illustrating the mentality of the place. A sigh is just a whispered scream. I sigh a lot.

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

Yes it does, we’ve got new recordings in the works. That excites me because I do fresh art for each release. So, there’s some new tunes and artwork on the way.

Any tentative release date in mind?

There’s a song about life already recorded with a lyric video in the works, that’ll probably come out sometime over the winter.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Ya! We’ll be doing a little tour in October, the dates being:

Thursday 3rd – Penrith – Fell Bar

Friday 4th – Gateshead – Central Bar

Saturday 5th – Carlisle – Warwick Bazaar

Thursday 10th – Manchester – Retro Bar

Friday 11th – Ayr – Furys Nightclub

Saturday 12th – Glasgow – The Box

What else is happening in Beachmaster’s world?

We’re gonna do some new t-shirts soon, they always sell out fairly quick, we get them printed by our friend Paul who does eco-friendly clothing (go check out his brand Varlden and look at his threads) and has previously produced tunes for us. We’ve got a crappy lyric video on the way that we laughed a lot while making. We’re recording another 3-4 songs over winter to potentially put on an EP, or combine with our 2019 releases for a full-length album/compilation-type thing. We’re not really sure yet. Also we’re having rubber dongs of our shafts made to sell as a gift box. Get on it…literally.

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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