Brutalism and The Beamish Brothers | A Definitely Unbiased Review
If you came here for a non biased review of the new EP by the ever talented Beamish Brothers, you are in the wrong place. I am, certifiably, a giant fangirl for these brothers (no longer boys) and am undeniably in love with every single, album, cover (their passionate rendition of Work Song by Hozier is a personal favourite of mine) and EP they’ve released - and some they haven’t.
Hailing from Toowoomba, the town of flowers and more coffee shops than you could ever ask for, the Beamish Brothers (formerly The Beamish Boys) are a home grown talent with talent to spare. Their first release entitled Sparks was released in early 2016, which they have consistently followed up with hit after hit, a tour around the US, Spain and Asia.
Brutalism is the latest instalment to Jeremy and Ben Beamish’s discography, hitting all streaming services on the 16th of August, 2019. The four track EP deals with complex issues such as abusive relationships, what it means to be a good person and reminiscing on times long past, mellowed with soothing velvety vocals. And sometimes, even a flute.
We open with Nostalgia, and the smooth vintage sounding vocals that gradually lead us into twenty-first century crystal clear sound. It’s the musical version of a contented sigh, with all of the lazy sunday vibes you could imagine. I can’t help but sway in place whenever I hear this track - everything about Nostalgia screams passion in a familliar silky sheets kind of way. I listened to this song in the car recently with Phoebe, who immediately started swaying in her seat, all closed eyes and smiles. It’s that kind of song. I listen to the lilting lyrics and ever-catchy chorus, followed by the kind of drum beat you tap on your steering wheel in traffic and I’m very sure it’s my favourite track on this EP.
Kills Me Every Time was the first single released from Brutalism, an upbeat foot-tappingly brilliant piece that has you singing in unison across the catchy chorus lines, screaming “we both know” at the top of your lungs with Jeremy’s angelic falsetto. The Beamish Brothers followed this single with their best music video thus far (you can watch that one HERE), directed brilliantly by Charlotte Mungomery.
Crying With No Tears is by far the most emotional piece of the EP, the song itself tells the story (and a tragically familiar one) of a friend going through an abusive* relationship, and experiencing it as someone that cares on the outside. The nuanced, passionate chorus is brilliantly important and emotion inducing, hitting the story home complete with a choir and accompanying guitar solo.
We come to the finale of Brutalism with Weeds - opening with synchronised and pleading vocals asking one simple question, can I still make it back? Weeds asks the question, “what does it mean to be a good person” and it resonates with anybody that listens to it. It makes you a little existential, but in a good way - in the kind of way that you want to be a better person just by listening to it.
I had the pleasure of attending The Beamish Brother’s EP Listening Party at Reverends Fine Coffee on the 15th of August, where we had an intimate preview to their brand new baby - Brutalism. In this acoustic set, we were also privy to songs that didn’t make it onto the EP; my favourite and most notably relevant was “The Closet”. A track which Jeremy Beamish (he/him) wrote about the concept of coming out. “I had this idea in my mind of the closet being like a coffin…” he said “…I wanted to explain that in song…”. I, among many others there, can’t wait for the day that the rest of the world gets to hear The Closet. It’s truthful, melodic and heartbreakingly familiar.
Overall, Brutalism is a brilliantly heroic work of indie/pop/bluesy/something uniquely them and I thoroughly recommend that the only thing you do with your day is to stream the four track wonder that is Brutalism.
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