February 16th, 2017
We chat to Norwegian five-piece band, Bloody Beach.
Formed on a tour bus having bonded over a bottle of whisky and ten hours of music, Bloody Beach has now grown into one of the most exciting bands out there. Playing an exotic fusion of psychedelic surf pop, the group has become known for their unique music and their ability to make any audience smile.
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Bloody Beach Pirate Radio Presents, the band have gone on to delight at numerous festivals, including SXSW. They have now released their incredible new single, ‘You’ll Be Fine, Sister’, an uplifting indie rock track with a slightly eccentric twist. With a new album in the pipeline, we caught up with the guys to learn more about them.
How was Bloody Beach born?
Bloody Beach was born just about 10 years ago. Like most decent citizens B.B. is also a result of a drunken one-night stand between 2 lovers. Then 2 became 3, and 3 plus 1 is 4. After a while we decided that our love was so deep for synths and rhythm guitar, we simply needed more hands for that stuff. Erlend became a family member around 2013.
How has growing up in Norway had an influence on your music?
Hmm. Hard to say. Since the music is influenced by so many other cultures all over the world, we’d like to think we would make the same music if we lived in another country. We’ve always been looking outwards when making music, not inwards towards the Norwegian music scene.
You have been described as “indie punks” and cite influences like Serge Gainsbourg and The Clash. How would you go about describing your sound?
This is pop music for people that are too cool to enjoy pop music ironically. It is a mix of rock, world music, x-rated guitar riffs and adult synths.
Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
We wanted to try out something new for this album. Our last album was all songs that we had played live forever, and was recorded in one or two takes. Most of the songs for this album, however, we had never played live or even rehearsed together. But all the songs had great demos, which we then took a part and played with in Matias’ (Tellez, producer) studio. A bit of studio magic, some Matias producer-Messiah-dust and a lot of Calvados later the album was done.
You’re known for your crazy live shows. Is there a particular show or performance you’ll never forget?
There are many shows forgotten, few shows cancelled, never-ending shows and shows stopped. Roskilde was great, the sports bar in Austin (SXSW) was fun and the show at Øyafestivalen was especially fun.
You’ve just released your track ‘You’ll Be Fine, Sister’ – and we love it! Can you tell us a bit more about it?
The song was written in late 2015 and Anders and Arne went to our rehearsal room to record a demo of it. Guess it was one of those songs that just wrote itself. The lyrics and the vocal melodies came the same day, it took no time at all. Fun fact: the vocal track that ended up being used on the finished track is actually the demo take from that very first demo session.
What was the inspiration behind this song?
I guess we just wanted to write a song that was full of good vibes and get people dancing. The inspiration was just to make people smile, saying “don’t worry, you’ll be fine”. We also wanted to give a shout-out to all strong women in the world. They’re all our sisters! So now, let’s all hope 2017 will be fine.
It follows your very successful debut album, Bloody Beach Pirate Radio Presents, which was a mix of everything, from pop to dub and afrobeat. Will your second studio album be along the same lines?
Absolutely. We try to mix/steal/beg/borrow as much as possible, from everywhere and everyone. This album could easily be named The United Colors of Benneton Boys. Our music is pop music done right. With a dash of sexy and dangerous rock and roll.
What does the future look like for Bloody Beach?
The Bloody Beach family is ever expanding and keeps on growing. We will continue to make music and present it to the people of the world whenever we see fit.
Photo credit: Øystein Grutle Haara