The Beaches guitarist Jordan Miller is in an ecstatic mood as she and bandmates (sister) Kylie Miller (vocalist), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums) and Leandra Earl (guitar/keyboards) wind down a U.S tour supporting Passion Pit by heading to a date in Michigan prior to a brief Ontario stop at Peterborough’s Venue theatre.
The Toronto-based quartet had just learned they would be appearing in support of the Rolling Stones (with The Glorious Sons) during their June 29th appearance at Oro Station near Barrie Ontario after arriving back from a stint in the United Kingdom where they are set to play three dates in London plus an appearance at the prestigious Castle Donnington Festival Saturday, June 13th.
Promoting the new release of their `The Professional’ Ep, The Beaches have made a remarkable impact on both the domestic and international music scene, chalking up a Juno award as 2018 Top New Group/Artist and a Music Express Award for 2019 Breakthrough Artist.
“What can I say, it’s just awesome that we have been selected to play with the Rolling Stones,” bubbled Miller as the band headed towards Michigan. “It’s something that you just have to pinch yourself to realize that things like this are happening to us.”
Ever since their first two EPs’ (The Beaches 2013 & Heights 2014) brought them to the attention of Universal Records/Island Records in 2016, the four girls have been on an upwards trajectory career-wise. Their debut album, `The Late Show’ was produced by Metric duo Emily Haines and James Shaw, they toured with The Foo Fighters and Eagles Of Death Metal and even caught the attention of Sir Elton John who had high praise for their live performance.
“Initially we were under pressure to turn in a flawless performance every time we played because people thought that because we were an-all girl band we couldn’t be that good,” offered Miller. “We’d get compared to The Bangles or the Runaways which was a lazy comparison because we are girls. I can see the Runaways bit because some of our songs are a bit glam but we like to think we sound more like The Strokes.”
Initially known as Done With Dolls with original guitarist Megan Fitchett, the band toured the US with All-Star Weekend, penning the title track to Family Channel television show, “Really Me”. But with the departure of Fitchett and the arrival of Earl, the band changed their name (to the Toronto area that the girls grew up in) and also changed their musical direction to a much harder edge.
Now with the aid of producer Jack Knife Lee (The Killers, Weezer, U2), the band has continued their progression with a particular focus on their live sound. “It’s all about our live sound, we are adamant that we don’t use backing tracks. I don’t understand why people would go to a live show and listen to computers!” noted Miller.
As for the band’s progression from `The Late Show’ to “The Professional”, Miller believes she is personally developing as a proficient songwriter. “I have been writing songs since I was 10 years old,” she enthused. “A lot of songs we wrote for `The Late Show’ sounded pretty dated but we are really excited at how we have developed our sound for `The Professional’. We now have a collection of songs we can release immediately.”
With “Snake Tongue” as the lead-off single and other tracks; “Desdemona”, “Lame”, “Fascination “and “ Want What You Got” now part of their setlist, The Beaches are looking forward to building their fan base with a series of festival appearances this summer.
“We should just take a moment, pause, and realize what is happening to us,” mused Miller. “But we do realize how magical everything is right now and we are just going along with the flow.”
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“The Beaches deliver an empowering track with “Snake Tongue.” The track encourages women to walk tall and not let any men they encounter an attempt to bring them down.” Alternative Press
“They are such great girls and they do rock out. Love them, love them, love them!” Sir Elton John
The Professional EP follows a whirlwind couple of years for the band. After two self-released EPs, The Beaches unveiled their debut album Late Show in October 2017. Late Show was produced by Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric. The album’s first single “Money” secured #1 for three consecutive weeks and follow-up “T-Shirt” held the top spot for nine weeks on the Billboard Rock Chart.
Last year also saw The Beaches opening for the Foo Fighters, accompanying the Glorious Sons on their North American Tour and headlining their own shows across Canada. Additionally, the band received an iHeart MMVA nomination in the “Best New Canadian Artist” category where they performed their hit “T-Shirt,” while Sir Elton John, whose support for the girls spans multiple singles, has exclaimed: “Love them, love them, love them!” The year closed out with new track “Fascination” firmly embedded in the top 10 at alternative radio in Canada.