An Instance of Indie Music
Monday, November 19, 20074 Comments
The kids from Spiral Beach
Roe, whose voice is a love child of The Sounds' Maja Ivarsson and Controller Controller's Nirmala Basnayake, was happy to describe the band's creative processes: "You play until you find it" described Roe, and "experiment as much as possible" added Palm. Their musical influences prove interesting because their sound is definitely hard to pigeon-hole. Palm spoke for the other members Dougie Bazinet, Bernest McInerney, and Kevin Barnhorst as being influenced by "punk rock, jam rock... noisy music, and BB King". Roe stated "this is 2007 Lauren; everyone's influenced by everything" but she added that "we've been listening to a lot of music that would have been on '50s and '60s AM radio" which rings true in their slightly "surf club" sound.
So, was this band was any different from the posers I had heard in high school, I asked them? Roe told me that "it's different now than it was when I was in high school... but I think I enjoyed high school because I had to. I was conditioned into a lot and what I'm doing now feels like what high school should have been". There was no tone of boring, teenage angst to her description of high school and when I asked them who they played to, Palm said "we don't really aim for one crowd" which translated into a "footloose kinds of kids" for Roe who went on to explain their audience have a sort of "perception" that allows their music to reach them "but it's not like church" she assured me, laughing. Our conversation turned toward the money-making music industry; I asked them if they wanted to be a part of the mainstream music industry and they both replied "no" quite simply. "We make music because we like music and... we like each other" said Roe and I wondered how many big record executives had heard anyone say that as honestly and candidly as Roe had. You can listen to some of Elbow Beach Surf Club's music from their newly released, self-titled EP from Burnt Oak Records