Release Date: Sep 2, 2016
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Synth Pop
Looking back at Beach Baby’s short but fruitful career is like flicking through jaded photos of a child growing up. From the sublime ‘Ladybird’ that eased them into the spotlight last year, the London quartet have grown with every release. True to this pattern, ‘No Mind No Money’ is an assured debut that strikes a perfect balance between the haziness of early material, with a newly emerged air of confidence.Addressing a disorientating period of their lives - without making music that’s alienating (or worse, dull) - is a pitfall joint frontmen Ollie Pash and Laurence Pumfrey skilfully avoid, none more so than on the wobbly ‘Lost Soul’.
Beach Baby, a band born of a city many miles from the sea, manage to capture the sound of the coast on their debut record No Mind No Money. Since rumbling onto the scene last year with 'Ladybird', they've been comfortably expanding their following of fans across the UK. Their debut album opens on a best-of suite, the punchy 'Limousine' has a wobbling Strokes style guitar thread, snarling percussion and a Justin Young drawl.
No Mind No Money is the full-length debut of Beach Baby, an indie rock quartet formed in 2013 by co-songwriters/singers/guitarists Lawrence Pumfrey and Ollie Pash while the latter was studying music at Goldsmiths (origin of Blur). The group seems to thrive on the combination of Pash's musical savvy and Pumfrey's self-taught power chords, offering an album full of hooks and anxious contemplation, at mostly danceable, sometimes fist-pumping tempos. The LP includes all four tracks off their one prior release, the Limousine EP.