Song of the Day: Beaches – When You’re Gone

Photo by Darren Sylvester

Photo by Darren Sylvester

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “When You’re Gone” by Beaches from their 2017 album, Second of Spring, out now on Chapter Music.

Beaches – When You’re Gone (MP3)

Since forming in 2008, Melbourne-based psych band Beaches have made major waves. Both their self-titled debut and 2013 follow-up She Beats earned nominations for the Australian Music Award, noted Australian singer-songwriter Jen Cloher recently professed her fandom, and Krautrock pioneer Michael Rother (Neu!, Kraftwerk) played on their last album. Last Friday, Beaches released their third album, Second of Spring, a seventeen-song, psych-noise epic.

Today’s Song of the Day provides a blast of summer vibes to last you well into the winter. Simply put, it’s one of the catchiest cuts on Beaches’ new double LP. Complete with fast and fuzzy guitarwork and Ramones-like floor tom pounding, “When You’re Gone” is the garage rock exception to Second of Spring’s noise rock leanings. Though the vocals sound distant, lyrics coming at you like a mirage, that won’t stop you from singing along. Hit play and prepare for your day to get brighter.

Keep up with the band via their Bandcamp and Facebook, and enjoy the brand new video for “Void,” below.

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  1. Douglas Shea
    Posted September 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi, just for fun; there is a group from Toronto called The Beaches and their Facebook page has them in Seattle on Nov 20 at The Showbox with Death From Above. Beaches from Australia’s Facebook says they have no upcoming dates. Love it when two groups have the same name.

  2. Posted September 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Ah, thank you for catching that, Douglas! We’ll edit now. :)

  3. Posted September 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!!
    We try to keep across this mixup, it’s been happening a bit.
    Thank you for your support over there!
    Love from Melbourne, Australia xoxo

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