Album Review: Various (Beach Community) - Life’s a Beach
Before I analyse and pick apart this release, I just want to say that as a reviewer I find it difficult to review compilations such as these, especially considering only two of the eighteen bands have releases on the label. For some background info on said label, Beach Community is its name and it is based in Oxford. The label only just began in August; it specialises in punk, hardcore and anything related releases. This compilation entitled ‘Life’s A Beach’ is their first release and gives on an idea of the sort of music they put out. It also acts as a tribute to the quality of releases within these genres.
Most of the bands featured on this comp belong to the indie, emo, post hardcore and pop punk genres of the punk spectrum. What’s also great is that both sides of the Atlantic are covered, as the crème de la cream of the American and UK scenes rub shoulder to shoulder together. Having Balance and Composure’s ‘Reflection’ lead into the progressive marvels featured in ‘Interiors’ by Crash of Rhinos is a resounding stroke of genius. In fact seeing all the great names selected for this compilation helps to give a well thought out idea of how great the current punk scene has got it. Daylight, Gnarwolves, Joyce Manor, Dikembe, Nai Harvest, Moose Blood, Defeater… it’s hard to argue with the label that they have firm grasp of what’s great in the here and now
I recently reviewed a new compilation made by new Oxford label Beach Community. They specialise in punk and hardcore.
The comp features a wealth of great bands in this genre including Daylight, Crash of Rhinos, Balance and Composure etc.
This comp also features a song from the up coming Hindsights record (The label’s first original release).
Reflections: Top 5 Records of July 2013
1. Pity Sex - Feast of Love
Combining punk and shoegaze into a heavenly blend, Pity Sex are sublime. Tunes that will do marvels to your scenic pleasures.
2. Crash of Rhinos - Knots
All the promise found on previous LP Distal has paid off. With Knots Crash of Rhinos are geniuses in progressiveness and melancholy. They chime, charm and roar profoundly. Post hardcore/emo not to be missed; hear it to believe it.
3. Defeater - Letters Home
Consistent as ever, this Boston hardcore band are at their heaviest on LP3. Melody clings as they tell the tale of an ex soldier father figure who falls from grace. Cathartic and poignant as ever. It’s not new ground sure but it’s done so well.
4. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
A surprise gem found in the musical coal mines of America. Waxahatchee is new solo project from former P.S. Eliot member Katie Crutchfield. The perfect soundtrack for lowly summer nights. This is sweet indie rock Kim Deal and PJ Harvey would be proud of.
5. Iceage - You’re Nothing
Danish punks Iceage snottily twist and turn on LP 2. Wall to wall noise rock at it’s finest with post punk flavour.
So George from Blacklisted is a guest vocalist on the new Defeater record. This makes me happy.
Would it be weird if I wanted to form a band in the vein of Husker Du, The Replacements, Fucked Up, Defeater, Pixies, and Modern Life Is War?
I imagine the focus of the next Defeater record will be on the father.
FUCK YOU AMERICA!
Anyway This Is Hardcore looks incredible this year.
Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, The Suicide File, Defeater, Nails, boysetsfire, Negative Approach, Panic, Ceremony, Trapped Under Ice…
and most importantly Modern Life Is War!
Though bit of a piss take in regards to timing and announcing it today of all days!
Tattoo idea, yes or no?
I really like the design.
Four great hardcore bands right here.
Happy New Year! We’re really excited about 2013 here at Already Heard. We think it’s going to be another excellent year with new albums, new releases, awesome tours, amazing festivals and a whole lot more.
Over the next 12 months you’ll see countless bands and…
My picks for the top 50 included Vales, Defeater, Brontide, And So I Watch You from Afar, MINE, Muncie Girls and Crash of Rhinos.
This is a cracking eclectic list, and I highly recommend you check out all 50 of these bands in 2013.