Rating : 8/10
By Harvey Williams - Fairley
Beverly are a band that really have stood the tests, trials and tribulations that brings most bands to their knees. The loss of main writing partner and counterpart Frankie Rose who left the band in 2014, left Drew Citron lost as to what to do. Now front woman and driving force behind the band, instead of giving up hope and admitting defeat, Citron decided not to throw in the towel and firmly stood her ground. Although I am sure the experience was testing, carving her own pathway has definitely been worth the stresses and strains, as on May 6th Beverly released their second album – ‘The Blue Swell’ on Kanine Records, it is truly a lovely piece of work.
Beverly, a Brooklyn based indie outfit formed back in 2013, and as I said previously originally consisted of both Drew Citron & Frankie Rose. Rose left the band on release date of their first album ‘Careers’ back in 2014. The NME hailed the album ‘an effortless debut’, which in my opinion is an album that relied heavily on the riff. It is a great album; there is no doubt about that, however I feel as though ‘Careers’ embodied a sound of the time, which was mostly surf, garage and slacker rock. It’s a pure embodiment of everything guitar. ‘Honey Do’ is probably the most prolific song from that album, and is a classic example of the sound I am talking of. Slamming drums, lazy harmonious vocals, and a classic catchy as hell three-chord guitar riff. All round the crucial elements and foundations to an awesome hit. With the loss of Frankie Rose, who has previously been involved with bands Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls & Dum Dum Girls. I feel Beverly has lost this solely guitar leading sound that was heavily prolific on ‘Careers’, it’s almost evident to see how Rose’s influenced inspired Beverly’s original sound. Since Drew Citron has had to take the reins and drive the band, Citron has been collaborating with an array of different musicians along the way, such as Scott Rosenthal of the Beets and Crystal Stilts and Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This is more than evident, as we come into contact with more of a dreamy like sound the band has adopted.
‘Bulldozer’, the opening track to ‘The Blue Swell’ is an aggressive almost punky, new wave sounding song, but cut right through with these ghostly vocals, a melodic guitar ripped from almost every song back in the 80’s, and a nice keys section. If you have brought ‘The Blue Swell’ want to hear Beverly’s new sound, you’re going to get smacked right round the chops with an absolute belter of a tune. But it’s fine, as you’ll get soothed right back to easy listening with the second song on the album ‘Crooked Cop’, which again embodies this dreamy like music which is going to be the undertone to Beverly’s new sound. Although in this song, I’m hearing an almost country inspired guitar riff…
Overall I am very impressed with this album, and I am excited to see more from Beverly in the coming years.