Beach Riot announce debut album + share ‘Wraith’ video

Beach Riot press photo

Brighton fuzz pop quartet Beach Riot have announced details of their forthcoming debut album ‘Subatomic Party Cool,’ set for release on September 17, 2021 via Alcopop! Records. To celebrate the news, the band have also shared a video for their new single Wraith. Check out the video clip for Wraith via YouTube below.

The track is the latest to be lifted from the album, following on from previous singles Wrong Impression, Blush, and Sofa Surfer, which have seen the band steadily building momentum over the past year, having added BBC Radio One’s Jack Saunders and BBC 6music’s Tom Robinson to their rapidly growing list of supporters.

Commenting on the single, the band said: “Jonny hits the hi hats so fast on this one that his hands are actually playing 5 seconds in the future compared to the rest of his body. Also it’s a song about your life force being slowly drained away in a fading relationship and there’s nothing you can do about it but watch and brace yourself.”

‘Subatomic Party Cool’ was recorded in 2020 and produced by Ally Jowett at his home studio in Brighton, with matters complicated somewhat by the recent global pandemic.

“We’d heard a track Ally had worked on with another band and we immediately just said ‘that’s the guy!’,” says bassist Jim of working with the producer. “Rory and Cami would visit Ally at home where he has a newly built studio. We were mid pandemic so I missed out on studio fun times and blasted my bass takes out in the midnight hours at home. All my backing vocals were recorded in a shed. Or to be more precise, Rory’s coffee shack where he works!”

So far making their name with a particular brand of fuzzed up pop rock, ‘Subatomic Party Cool’ sees heavier and more disparate elements creeping in at the edges, something that guitarist and vocalist Rory attributes mostly to production decisions, as he explains: “I definitely wanted to move away from just big old crashing cymbals over a rock riff. I’m obsessed with a fuzzy chunky monster riff juxtaposed with a pop tambourine instead of cymbals, and some repetitive school playground melody.”

When it comes to subject matter, Jim’s songwriting springs mostly from a well of notes of encouragement and consolation “addressed to myself and anyone else who finds themselves in the same boat of life’s woes.”

Beach Riot Subatomic Party Cool cover artwork

Subatomic Party Cool’ track listing

1. B.A.D
2. Wrong Impression
3. Good To Know (That I’m Still On Your Mind)
4. Modern Dinosaur
5. Wraith
6. Unrequited Love
7. Medicate For Success
8. Faze
9. Sofa Surfer
10. She’s A Hurricane
11. Blush
12. Serial Scruff

Hotly tipped for the 2020 live circuit pre-pandemic, the quartet have previously played Reading & Leeds Festival 2018 and Truck Festival 2019. 

Beach Riot’s debut album ‘Subatomic Party Cool’ is released September 17, 2021 via Alcopop! Records

The band rescheduled November/December 2021 UK album tour dates are on sale now (see below for listings).

Beach Riot tour poster

2021 UK ‘Subatomic Party Cool’ tour dates

24 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
25 – Newcastle – Head of Steam
26 – Inverness – Mad Hatters
27 – Glasgow – The Hug & Pint
30 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

1 – Manchester – Gullivers
2 – Liverpool – Jimmy’s
3 – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
4 – Blackpool – Bootleg Social
7 – Sheffield – Record Junkee
8 – Leicester – The Cookie
9 – Birmingham – Dead Wax
10 – Bristol – The Lanes
11 – Guildford – The Boileroom
14 – Norwich – Voodoo Daddy’s
15 – London – The Lexington
16 – Brighton – The Prince Albert

More about Beach Riot

Beach Riot were born when guitarist/vocalist Cami Menditeguy made the decision to up-sticks and move halfway across the world to East London from her home country of Argentina at just 18. 

Desperate to front her own band, living on a remote horse farm alone was no longer an option; so, to raise funds for the move, Cami made her flight money by gambling on horse races. Meeting fellow guitarist/vocalist Rory O’Connor at a show in East London—and finding a shared love for ice-cream, weird guitars, PJ Harvey, Mudhoney, 4am mozzarella sticks, dark comedy, dungeons and dragons, and Brighton beach hangover fry-ups—at last Beach Riot were born, and the gamble had paid off.

The band released their self-titled debut EP Beach Riot in 2018, with a string of standalone singles ‘She’s A Hurricane’ (2017), ‘Serial Scruff’ (2018), ‘Robot’ (2019) and ‘Stuck Inside’ (2019) keeping momentum and buzz around the band’s potent blend of lo-fi drone rock, heavy riffs, and indie pop.

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