Brighton up-and-comers Beach Riot have announced their debut EP release for January 25 via Vallance Records. Fronted by a fine slice of catchy, fuzzy pop in new single, ‘Good To Know (That I’m Still on Your Mind)’, the full four-track EP was recorded by Blood Red Shoes’ Steven Ansell, who continues to be an integral part of all Beach Riot recordings.
Beach Riot formed back in February 2017. Fronted by Rory O’Connor (guitars, vocals and songwriter) and Cami Menditeguy (guitar and vocals), and the rhythm section of Jim Faulkner (bass and vocals) and Jonny Ross (drums), Beach Riot’s line-up formed when Cami Menditeguy landed in London from her home country of Argentina in a bold move, as an 18 year old, to front a rock band in a new country. Living on a horse farm, playing guitar alone for so long was no longer an option, so to find funds for a move, Cami made her flight money by gambling on racing horses and then picked East London’s music scene as her prime new location. Isolated in unknown territory for two years of being in the big smoke, the breakthrough came when meeting O’Connor at a local show where they realised they had a lot in common: Ice cream, weird guitars, PJ Harvey , Mudhoney, 4am mozzarella sticks, dark comedy, Dungeons & Dragons and Brighton beach hangover fry-ups. Beach Riot was then born and the gamble paid off.
Their new single, ‘Good To Know (That I’m Still on Your Mind)’ “is the sound of broken relationships that linger in the dust once the decision to break up becomes reality” explains O’Connor. “It’s the emptiness of making that tough decision, the upside-down, gut-wrenching feeling of walking away from something that clearly doesn’t work anymore. Those urges that still pull heart strings when you see your ex-partner like a social media post, or ask you how you’re doing - and you realise they are still thinking about you even though they broke your heart.” It’s a driving track where O’Connor and Menditeguy’s duel vocal harmonies collide beautifully over meandering basslines and big riffs with a firm, unapologetic nod to the ‘90s.
Beach Riot will play live next at:
Dec 3rd - Sticky Mikes, Brighton w/ Gaffa Tape Sandy - EP launch show