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EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida’s Beach Day return with a second album that essentially extends the promise of their previous year’s debut album, Trip Trap Attack. Just as that album merged garage rock basics with the lure of girl-group pop and angst, this second album, 2014’s Native Echoes continues the streak with singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake’s vocals pushed to the front of the songs and her partner, drummer Skyler Black, holding down the backbeat. As usual, it’s all about the melodies, and songs like “All My Friends Were Punks,” “Don’t Call Me on the Phone,” and “Pretty” nail down the simple joys of pop-rock music since The Ramones first celebrated simplicity in punk form. Producer Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, White Stripes) opened his Detroit studio to the duo in the dead of winter and encouraged them to work all the potential angles, from surf instrumentals (“Gnarly Waves”) to harmony-rich ballads (“The Lucky One”). Every song here belongs here. What better recommendation for a second album—or any!

EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida’s Beach Day return with a second album that essentially extends the promise of their previous year’s debut album, Trip Trap Attack. Just as that album merged garage rock basics with the lure of girl-group pop and angst, this second album, 2014’s Native Echoes continues the streak with singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake’s vocals pushed to the front of the songs and her partner, drummer Skyler Black, holding down the backbeat. As usual, it’s all about the melodies, and songs like “All My Friends Were Punks,” “Don’t Call Me on the Phone,” and “Pretty” nail down the simple joys of pop-rock music since The Ramones first celebrated simplicity in punk form. Producer Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, White Stripes) opened his Detroit studio to the duo in the dead of winter and encouraged them to work all the potential angles, from surf instrumentals (“Gnarly Waves”) to harmony-rich ballads (“The Lucky One”). Every song here belongs here. What better recommendation for a second album—or any!

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About Beach Day

The Hollywood, Florida-based trio Beach Day was formed when Kimmy Drake (guitar/vocals), Natalie Smallish (bass/vocals), and Skyler Black (drums) met at a show they were playing with three different bands and decided to join forces and start their own thing. Their punky, surfy take on the classic girl group sound began getting some positive response and they signed with Kanine Records in the summer of 2012. The band released its debut single, "Beach Day," in July of 2012, then followed it up with another single, "Walking on the Streets," in November. Mixed by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs), their debut album, Trip Trap Attack, was released in June of 2013. After touring for the better part of a year, and stripping down to the duo of Drake and Black, the band headed to Jim Diamond's Ghetto Recorders studio in Detroit to make their second album. Native Echoes was released in August of 2014 and featured a cleaned up, punchier sound. ~ Tim Sendra

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