Thursday, March 27, 2014

Featured Artist: Beach Day

City: Hollywood Fl
Style/Genre: Surf punky garagey sixties
Members: Kimmy, Skyler & Denise

I vividly remember when I first met the wonderful and sugar sweet lead singer of Beach Day, Kimmy Drake.. It was a couple of years back at a Black Lips show. Beach Day was one of the opening acts! I instantly fell in love with the good vibes trio. Each member was equally striking in their presence and performance. Their tunes transported me to the sunny sixties of the future. I recall feeling such excitement for the new found addition to the South Florida music scene. During the Black Lips performance I found myself dancing and downing birthday beer with Kimmy. Almost exactly two years later I finally got the chance to inquire about the magic behind Beach Day. Check it out!

When did Beach Day form: 
We started as a two piece in 2012!

Where were you guys born and raised:
We're all native Floridians! I grew up in Kendall which is a suburb south of Miami. Skyler is from Longwood, FL. Denise is from Crystal River, FL.
Musical influences growing up: Kimmy: Anything 50's & 60's. I only listened to oldies radio. I was such a weirdo in school. Never fit in with anyone. I felt like a time traveller that got left behind. Or like Clark Kent, you know, from another planet. Skyler: Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Beach Boys, California Dreams Denise: Prince

Favorite Era: Kimmy: Jurassic Skyler: 50’s Denise: Would have to be the 90’s since I lived through it.

Icons: Kimmy: My icons are definitely Jane Birkin, Kate Moss, Nico, Lou Reed, Brigitte Bardot Skyler: Elvis, Brian Wilson, Zack Morris, Jack White, Milton Levenger, Sandra Bullock

Something that fascinates and inspires the band: Kimmy: I am so fascinated by moths. They are so diverse. There are like new species found all the time. They’re always trying to fly towards the moon but get sidetracked by little porch lights for hours. I get inspired by everything around me. Wind, trees, people, but mostly imagination. Skyler: Betrayal. Denise: My musical inspiration would be Holly Golightly from Thee Headcoatees. And all of the amazing people that you meet.

Favorite quote: Kimmy: Let it bleed Skyler: The power of Mildrage compels you. Denise: Ass, ass or ass, no one rides for free ~ Thee Cormans
Ideal show and guests (could be living or dead): Kimmy: Screaming Lord Sutch, The Seeds, T. Rex, Marianne Faithfull, The Sonics, Santo and Johnny to close out the night. Noel Fielding dj’s!!! Skyler: Neil Diamond would open with an acoustic set, then Shangri La's would play and get everyone pumped, then Foxygen would hit the stage and would go crazy, and headlining would be the Ramones and the house would be brought down! Oh, and Lio Kanine would be the DJ. Denise: If Billy Childish shows up
How has Florida influenced your sound: Kimmy: The strange creatures, the palms, the abandoned theme parks, the gators, the freaks, the heat. it’s just a melting pot of weird and it’s paradise. I think I fit right in. I LOVE it. Skyler: The weather makes me happy and want to play surf beats!
Favorite Florida beach to visit: Kimmy: I love hollywood Beach so much! But Daytona beach is so awesome. You can drive on that beach! And the beaches around Sarasota are so pristine. Key Biscayne is such a chill beach. That’s the one I grew up going to. The lighthouse beach. My dad used to live in CA and surf and teach scuba diving. I am a beach girl forever. Skyler: Cocoa Beach Denise: Marathon Key
What would a typical beach day be like, activities: Kimmy: I love to play first. Frisbee! Then I’ll take a long swim. Then back on my beach towel and put on headphones, listen to music and watch the waves and think about how small I am and how I can’t take anything for granted. Skyler: Frisbee, fighting waves, truth or dare, eating ice cream. Denise: Making sand castles and bullying crabs
Have you guys been to California? Which do you prefer the west or the east coast: We’ve toured all through California. We had so much fun. Fresno is cool as hell! We played San Francisco, LA, Orange County (Burger Records), San Diego, & Fresno. I really love the west coast. Can’t wait to go back again. We played from Vancouver all the way down the coast. It’s so beautiful out there. We’ll be going back later this year. We’ve toured the east coast so many times that the west coast seems more magical and mysterious right now.
I love the track ‘Boys’. Anything specific about the species ‘boy’ that inspired this track: So many things! I kinda wrote this song as like an answer to all the sexy songs about girls. I wanted to make one about boys. No knight in shining armor, no white horses. I’m gonna be just fine. And then I just go BOY CRAZY. I guess it’s kinda about sex.

Something most people don’t know about the band: We have Panera Bread almost every morning on tour. Makes us feel “normal”. Whatever that is.
What is next for you guys, music, touring: Next up for us is we have a new song called “All My Friends Were Punks” coming out on April 19th, Record Store Day on a Kanine Records compilation called Non Violent Femmes. The compilation is all up and coming female fronted bands. And the vinyl is pink! So look out for that. It’s the first track coming out, off of our next LP. Our record will be coming out sometime this summer. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the new tracks. I feel like we’ve grown so much as a band with the next record. And I feel like my songwriting has grown so much too. The record is very introspective and observant. Our next tour starts April 9th in Cincinnati!

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1 comment:

  1. I love reading about you guys. Your music always brings me up. Can't wait for your next album. Hope I can see you guys when I'm in Fla. in May. Cheers!