New Noise Magazine is pleased to be bringing forth the exclusive premiere of “Ash” by Beach Bums. The song is off of the upcoming LP, YEARS, out on July 26th.
Jonathan Horsley says, “The melody & lyric scheme in ‘Ash’ have been stuck in my head for 2 years now. We had a song slightly similar to it for the album EVERYTHING but it never felt 100% right so we never released it. A few months ago Kunu and I were in the studio. I threw down the drum machine & guitar while he tracked the bass. We vibed to it for a bit til I realized the song fit way better for that melody & lyrics. I called it “Ash” because when I saved the session name, we had just put out a blunt on the ashtray next to me. It had nothing to do with the actual lyrics at that moment, although, when Kunu came in to do his vox a few weeks later, we worked his verse around the name “Ash”, which why it says “It burned into my eyes, left ashes in my mind.”
The new LP YEARS finds Beach Bums shedding much of their previous aggression in favor of more melodic experimentation. One of the album’s stand-out tracks, “Ash” is a dream-pop and New Wave inspired song that puts Horsley’s vocals at the forefront, backed solely by minimalist, sparkling guitars and a drum machine. The bare-bones approach allows the song’s—and album’s—central thesis to stand front and center: there’s a light at the end that makes the darkness worthwhile.
Beach Bums core members consist of Horsley, drummer/producer/rapper Keanu Harvin (aka Kunu), bassist Elijah G. Alamo, and the groups newest addition, synth/keys player Joe Contreras. This core ensemble has spent the last few years releasing a slew of genre-spanning records that range from hardcore punk to lo-fi hip-hop, garage rock to trap, and surf rock to metal. 2017’s aptly named Everything brought all of these influences together, while the group’s 2018 follow-ups I Want to Sleep Forever and The Goat (Pts. 1 & 2) showed a more measured approach, instead focusing solely on indie rock and hip-hop, respectively. These records, paired with the group’s reputation for their wild live shows, led to shared bills with acts like King Krule, Balance & Composure, The Drums, Jhené Aiko, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman & more, and resulted in praise from Bandsintown, Flood Magazine, Janky Smooth & more, with OC Weekly dubbing Beach Bums, “The Wu-Tang of Los Angeles punk.”