The Beaches, a rock band consisting of Jordan, Kylie, Eliza and Leandra from Toronto Ontario are conquering the rock scene! We catch up with Eliza and Leandra- talking about their inspirations, who they’re working with and the pros and cons of being an all female rock band in this 2018.
How did you all meet and decide on the name, The Beaches?
Eliza: Jordan, Kylie, and I are from a neighbourhood called The Beaches, it’s very close to our hearts and just felt like the perfect name for the band. We named the band right before Leandra joined, who lives in a different neighbourhood in Toronto’s West End.
Who did you look up to musically while growing up, who inspired the amazing rock n roll music you’re making today?
Leandra: I’d say those who inspired us growing up are actually some of the same artists who continue to inspire us while writing music for this project. We write music that we enjoy listening to, so we draw from artists who had a huge impact on us growing up, since that’s the music that we know best. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Pretenders, David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Strokes, Oasis, and St. Vincent to name a few.
Can you talk us through your writing process, does everyone in the band get involved or do you each have something to work on?
L: One of us will usually bring an idea to band practice, whether its Jordan with a vocal melody or a couple lines of lyrics, or myself with a guitar or key riff. We then just jam on those ideas until we’re happy enough to record it on our phones. After a couple days/or weeks of editing, if we still like the idea and have it sussed out, we’ll then demo it with our tour manager James Quinn.
Are you collaborating with any producers or other musicians?
L: Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw from Metric produced our debut album, “Late Show,” so that was a huge collaboration for us. We also worked with a couple other writers on this album while we were over in LA. Our good friend Coco Morier helped Jordan edit some melodies and lyrics on a couple songs throughout this album, Bram Inscore co-wrote “Let Me Touch” with us, and our guru Jacknife Lee lent us his talent on “Money” and “Gold.”
‘Late Show‘ which is your new album that’s out now, what was the story behind it?
L: A common theme throughout this album is just that we’re young women exploring our city and those who live within it. We write from experience.
Which song is your favourite to perform live, or does this change for every performance?
L: I think it’s different for each of us, but right now I really enjoy playing “Turn Me On” live. I get to play two instruments at once and then rock out in the chorus. Yeeee.
Would you say you like performing live or recording the music?
E: Performing live is the best part about what we do. Sharing the energy and experience with the audience is the best feeling in the world.
Would you say you have a piece of clothing that always makes it in your stage wardrobe, if so what would it be and why?
L: I have a couple favourite items of recurring stage clothing, but we’re usually rotating our outfits so nothing makes it into every show. As for accessories though, 95% of the time I’m wearing a black beaded bracelet that Kylie’s mom’s friend made, and my $2 gold chain from a Walmart in Albany, New York. Those are staples for sure.
As a female rock n roll band in this day and age, would you say there are any positive and negative opinions you have heard, can you give us a few examples of stereotyping?
E: We are lucky to be a rock band in this day and age especially because we are seeing more women in rock, which is so important. As it becomes more common, the lines will be blurred and women will take over the rock world just like men have.
What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned as an artist and why?
E: We have learned as a band over the years that one of the most important things in this industry is making sure you stay true to the art you want to make. We are lucky to be four best friends, and keeping each other grounded is easy!
Would you give your younger self any advice if you could?
E: I would tell my younger self that if I keep working as hard as I am, things will work out. Keep doing what makes you happy and you will find success.