Dark Beach are a California-based duo comprised of Faith Gardner (guitar, vocals) and Melissa Dale (drums) who make surfed-out, sombre garage pop. Gardner’s vocals are a defining aspect of Dark Beach’s sound. The spoken-wordy, slightly moody girlish vocals throw Dark Beach into the same pool as Bratmobile, The Donnas and Violet Violet.
Stand out track ‘She-Bot’ starts with a grungy, mournful, Sonic Youth-esque riff then leads into a driving, lo-fi song about fembots, factories and identity. If that doesn’t win you round then check out Gardner’s amazing stripy sunglasses that she wears in the video. Pretty cute huh. ‘Phenomenom’ is a another great track that utilises all the best aspects of riot grrrl, garage rock and angry vocals.Read the whole thing here. Free Dark Beach album here.