Mia Seabrook has spent the last few months getting to know the lovely Beach Royals boys, Ross Anthony and Dan Whiteley. Here's what she found out.
Although they’ve only been together for a year, they didn’t wait around with the release of their first EP ‘Trap Door Music’ in April. When I asked then how they formed they told me that “eventually we realised that time waits for no man” and through pure coincidence, Ross told Simon [Drums], about the idea. “He was keen to have a dabble on drums leading to a couple of great practices as a three piece.” Then three became four with the addition of Fred [Bass]. “Fred joined us for a couple of jams on bass and much like Simon, he turned out to be hiding in plain sight, and everything blossomed from there.”
Their dreamy and soft sound comes from influences such as Morrisey which Dan calls the “cliché Manchester indie band answer”. “The way he can deal with universal emotions and feelings, especially in those early Smiths tracks is absolutely perfect – he manages to be hilariously, brutally blunt but so articulate and poetic at the same time.” – its clear the boys are fans. “The thing with The Smiths though, is that you can’t sound like them – you just end up sounding like a band TRYING to sound like The Smiths “. Beach Royals therefore decided to use the smiths as their launch pad into the sulky indie world, and personally I think they did it right.
Beach Royals are still fresh to the music scene, so when I asked them about their first gig together the reply was so sweet. They first played Manchester’s Night and Day Café with fellow Mancunian’s ‘The Vengalis’. “It’s funny because every practice we walk past Night and Day and for months I was saying to Simon “one day we’ll play there and it’ll be fucking mint,”- it’s no secret it’s been on my bucket list for a few years now”. Having already ticked off one of the band’s Bucket list goals so early into their musical career, it seems safe to say that they’ll be sure to move quickly through the rest of the list.
Having spent a while talking to them, its clear to see the boys are open to talking about pretty much whatever. Dan had no shame in admitting that “in an era where even Justin Bieber has begun to pump out legitimate bangers I think everything’s fair game.” Despite this, he did allude to the fact he has to check over his shoulder before letting the real guilty pleasure music that is Taylor Swift take over his IPod.
The boys have taken a break for the summer to get a head start on the makings of EP2, however they’ll be back around early September- “we haven’t announced it yet but we can say it’ll be with an established name in a top venue we haven’t got around to playing yet in Manchester - so keep your ears to the ground for that.”