Beach Day at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

June 26, 2014


Who: Beach Day
Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto
When: Thursday, 19 June 2014
In One Word: Gritty

In keeping up with the beachy-grunge line-up at Wrong Bar, Beach Day was a welcome inclusion. Specializing in the 60’s garage-rock sound, the Hollywood, FL band made for a chill set.

Beach Day has tapped into a sort of nostalgia their target demographic would not have, for having been born about 20-30 years too late. And yet, their music brings up familiar tones and hooks, amidst the garage surf-rock revival of late. It’s something this generation can appreciate for being obviously influenced by past genres and styles, while still maintaining its own flare and relevance.

Beach Day’s Kimmy Drake croons with raw power and stage presence of a front woman. While their music has the aesthetic of fun and poppy summertime hits (right down to their name), there is still a level of grit and grunge to the tunes they perform. Even their cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 song, “Love is Strange” (you’d probably recognize it from Dirty Dancing) has a level of distortion and grittiness that has a refreshing take on the oldie.

Beach Days is releasing their upcoming album, Native Echoes 19 August, 2014. To tide you over before then, there are songs available to listen to on their Soundcloud.


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