Brooklyn’s own Beverly stream their sophomore album The Blue Swell in full today with Consequence of Sound in anticipation of the official record release this Friday, May 6th on Kanine Records!
Front woman Drew Citron said of making the record :
“We went to a remote snowy lake house near Canada, it’s the second deepest lake in North America and the Navy tests out their submarines there. In the night it was eerie and quiet and you could hear yourself breath, in the day thousands of migrating birds flew South in the sky. We stayed up late sketching ideas and demos, or going into town for a beer.
We wrote and recorded The Blue Swell on the shore of this lake, the swells lapping against boats. A creative partnership in my life had recently ended and I was shattered. We completely changed the way we recorded, and the band’s lineup. Change is hard, but we’re better for it, and the songs we put down can be a map to what we went through.”
For those in the New York City area, Beverly will celebrate the release this Thursday, May 5th at Baby’s All Right as well as a 2pm in-store appearance at Rough Trade Brooklyn on Saturday, May 7th.
The Blue Swell Tracklisting
2. Crooked Cop
3. You Said It
5. South Collins
6. Lake House
8. The Smokey Pines
9. You Used To Be A Good Girl
10. Don’t Wanna Fight
On The Blue Swell, front woman Drew Citron’s main collaborator is longtime tour mate and noise pop producer Scott Rosenthal (The Beets, Crystal Stilts), with Kip Berman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) lending co-writing talents to “Victoria”. Careers is acclaimed for its “fuzzed distortion and melodic sugar” (Rolling Stone) and its variety, with Pitchfork noting how it “careens from venomous, angry punk to jangly, mild lust to blown-out emotional hangover.” While you’ll still find reverb, catchy hooks and a track or two like “Bulldozer” or “South Collins” that could perhaps fit into the debut, the new album takes a less aggressive and more melodic turn.
Lead single “Crooked Cop”, a dreamy allegory about deceit and confusion, sounds like a female fronted Teenage Fanclub. A direct hit like “Contact” is juxtaposed with the pretty and more leisurely “The Smokey Pines”.
Citron says, “It wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision to create- or not create – a new sound, but changes were inevitable, and we’re working harder than ever to get at what we love about good songs, what we can do with them, and how they can connect to people.”
The new album is, in some respects, bolder, more playful yet more grounded. The Blue Swell was not conceived by two friends taking a piss on the road; it was lovingly crafted by a band putting down roots. It marks a new beginning for Beverly.
Upcoming US + UK Live Dates
May 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (Record Release)
May 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade (instore 2pm free)
May 10 – Amsterdam, NL – De School
May 13 – Paris, FR – Le Mecanique Ondulatoire
May 14 – Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Bontanique
May 16 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
May 17 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
May 18 – London, UK – The Victoria
May 19 – Tunbridge Wells, UK – Tunbridge Wells Forum
May 20 – Bournemouth, UK – The Winchester
May 21 – The Hope & Ruin (Great Escape)
Jun 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas ^
Jun 15 – Baltimore, MD – Wind Up Space ^
Jun 16 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^
Jun 18 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn ^
Jun 20 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone ^
Jun 21 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s in store
Jun 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club ^
Jun 23 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout ^
Jun 24 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog ^
Jun 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe ^
^ w/ Flowers