Beverly releases “Victoria” (ft. Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) + announces sophomore LP ‘The Blue Swell’ out 5/6 on Kanine Records
Spring 2016 US + UK tour dates attached
Stream “Victoria” below
Brooklyn-based Beverly releases their new single “Victoria” and announces the release of their forthcoming sophomore record The Blue Swell due out May 6th on Kanine Records, album art above.
“Victoria” was conceived during a snowy weekend upstate where front woman Drew Citron and guitarist Scott Rosenthal had settled to get in some uninterrupted songwriting. Their friend Kip Berman (Pains of Being Pure At Heart) drove up to pay the pair a visit. Berman had written a few guitar parts inspired by Beverly and played them the demos; Citron and Rosenthal fell in love with the guitar work that eventually turned into “Victoria”, a collaboration made in pop fan heaven.
“Victoria” is the second cut from The Blue Swell following lead single “Crooked Cop” which the band shared in late fall of 2015.
The Blue Swell Tracklisting
1. Bulldozer 2. Crooked Cop 3. You Said It 4. Victoria 5. South Collins 6. Lake House
7. Contact 8. The Smokey Pines 9. You Used To Be A Good Girl 10. Don’t Wanna Fight
Since the summer of 2014 and the release of Careers, which Stereogum dubbed an “exceptional shoegaze-pop debut album,” the main driving force behind Beverly has been Drew Citron. While Beverly began as a recording project between two friends, The Blue Swell out May 6th, 2016 on Kanine Records represents a fresh start for the band.
What do you do when your original writing partner up and moves to Los Angeles upon album release? You quickly form a new live touring band. And when you live in Bushwick in 2014 and you build and run indie rock venue Alphaville, that’s easy to do. You even turn your two person project into a full blown rock band with energetic live shows. Then, you tour – across America and Europe – up and down the east coast and add in a few trips to the midwest. All the while, you never stop writing and collaborating.
On The Blue Swell, Citron’s main collaborator is longtime tour mate and noise pop producer Scott Rosenthal (The Beets, Crystal Stilts), with Kip Berman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) lending co-writing talents to Victoria. Careers is acclaimed for its “fuzzed distortion and melodic sugar” (Rolling Stone) and its variety, with Pitchfork noting how it “careens from venomous, angry punk to jangly, mild lust to blown-out emotional hangover.” While you’ll still find reverb, catchy hooks and a track or two like Bulldozer or South Collins that could perhaps fit into the debut, the new album takes a less aggressive and more melodic turn.
Lead single “Crooked Cop”, a dreamy allegory about deceit and confusion, sounds like a female fronted Teenage Fanclub. A direct hit like Contact is juxtaposed with the pretty and more leisurely The Smokey Pines.
Citron says, “It wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision to create- or not create – a new sound, but changes were inevitable, and we’re working harder than ever to get at what we love about good songs, what we can do with them, and how they can connect to people.”
The new album is, in some respects, bolder, more playful yet more grounded. The Blue Swell was not conceived by two friends taking a piss on the road; it was lovingly crafted by a band putting down roots. It marks a new beginning for Beverly.
Upcoming US + UK Live Dates
Feb 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Mar 09 – Harrisburg, PA – Milworks *
Mar – 10 Raleigh, NC – Kings *
Mar 11 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
Mar 12 – Savannah Stopover *
Mar 13 – Tallahassee, FL – TV Land *
Mar – 19 Dallax, TX – Spillover Fest
Mar – 22 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall *
Mar – 23 Omaha, NE – Milk Run *
Mar – 24 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen *
Mar – 25 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub *
May – 16 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
May – 17 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
May – 18 London, UK – The Victoria
* w/ Lazyeyes