PREMIERE: Black Beach Wave Red Flags on “Cluttered Head” Single

From the Boston garage trio's forthcoming EP Play Loud Die, Vol. II.

Millennials are killing pretty much everything—from chain restaurants to vacation, like, I don’t know, let’s say rolling suitcases—but one thing they’re not killing is garage rock. In fact, for reasons that are largely obscure, there’s a veritable bumper crop of angry young bands acts being harvested across our diffusively great nation; maybe it has something to do with millennials killing the car and thus emptying the garage.

Whatever the case, the ever-growing garage movement is good for business—more bands means more competition, and that means more reason to plug in and burnt out as loudly as possible. Boston’s Black Beach have made their way up that city’s ranks doing just that: playing a loud and ugly, yet surprisingly melodic, brand of thrashy punk whose sheer size belies the fact that there’s only a trio of people at its source. As they’ve risen, though, the group have dialed back on their intensity and replaced it with ambience, artistic flourish, bits of siphoned-off atmospheric gas.

Today, we’re premiering the song “Cluttered Head,” from the group’s forthcoming EP Play Loud Die, Vol. II. It’s a three-minute thrasher that takes a note from the post-Bleach crush of Hot Snakes, then buffs it up just enough to make it presentable. According to the band, the song is about “a string of bad luck (several deaths of close ones, flat tires, things breaking, etc.), as well as letting your living space get messy and the stress that causes,” so, you know, problems all around. Check it out below, along with a grip of tour dates.

Black Beach tour dates

07/31 – Cambridge, MA @ ZuZu
08/05 – New Bedford, MA @ Libads
08/26 – Boston, MA @ House Show w/ Kal Marks, Cult Fiction, & Gravel
09/02 – Frederick, MD @ House Show
09/03 – Akron, OH @ The Overlook
09/06 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Far House
09/09 – Somerville, MA @ Starlab Fest
11/09 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom w/ The Proletariat & Seige
11/10 – Fall River, MA @ Narrows


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