I took another visit to my favourite café today, the Vinyl Café. I couldn’t think of a better backdrop to have a crack with Robson from Beachmaster about their brand new album.
Strength in Numbness has been a year in the making and if the teaser tracks are anything to go by its gonna be an absolutecorker. So far they have released Titanic and Wreckhead so give them a listen and see what you think.
Seeing as though I am CumbrianLass they gave me an exclusive listen to their song Cue the Rain which is about the lakes and being from Cumbria and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it, when you listen to lyrics of the song it really hits a nerve. Like a lot of Cumbrians when I was younger I couldn’t wait to get out, I wanted to leave the lakes behind and go off to uni and start afresh, but like a lot of students from Cumbria I soon discovered how harsh city life can be, so I returned after 3 years and I’d never been so happy to see that Cumbria sign on the M6 and hear the rain on the window. I was home.
With lyrics like “I know when I get home….It’s not the place I left I hated after all” and the brilliant “They say that punk don’t play great in the Lakes, the rhythm’s in the water, in the mountains, on the winds” it really does stir up some old feelings and the different stages of being brought up in Cumbria. But it leads us back to where a lot of us are now, we appreciate what we have on our doorstep and know how lucky we are, because we’ve all been in the position where we just wanted to up and leave and never come back but we’ve all also experienced that feeling of when we realised coming back or staying was the best thing we ever did.
So with me utterly hooked on Cue the Rain and Wreckhead I asked Robson where it all started for him and he explained how It was a fear and a panic driven 2 weeks that got the band together as we see them now. With a month to go until their Kendal Calling gig in 2016, a guitarist left the band and they needed to find a replacement, with no time to advertise auditions and hold them, they spoke to Joe In the local pub and asked him to come on board for the upcoming festival gigs and he agreed….and he just didn’t leave!
After ordering some amazing homemade cake from Lynn, we got on to how Robson got started with music and he tells me hehas been playing drums since he was 11 years old when he first discovered Placebo and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He said he listened to them and decided that, that was it. He wanted to play music, but he wanted to play the drums “the most fun in a band is playing drums” he laughs.
He admires Jimmy Chamberlin from the Smashing Pumpkins and his style of playing and when Beachmaster get together and write music he prefers to “focus on the why, not the how of the music. I play to emphasise what’s already there” He explains that he would definitely model himself on Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, he loves to be the driving force behind the band and take control and push the band as far as they can go. And listening to him talk about his love of music and how far the band have came I can definitely see Trent in there somewhere.
Beachmaster are launching their EP at The Brickyard in Carlisle on the 29th September 2017, with the band being from Penrith I wondered why they had chosen the Brickyard to launch their new album“Well… it’s gotta be the Brickyard hasn’t it? there is just no other option” he said with a grin. “it’s quite nice for me too as I played my first gig in the Brickyard a few years ago, so it’s nice to return”
Beachmaster will be supported by Brocken Spectre who are playing their first gig with Steve (a former bandmate of Martyn from Beachmaster) and by Graces, who’s bassist Billy is Joe; Beachmaster guitarist’s little brother. So it truly is a Cumbrian affair!
If you haven’t got your tickets already, I urge you to get them, and give the lads our support, tickets are only a fiver or 7 quid on the door. Bargain. You can purchase tickets from here.
See you at the front!
Love CL xx