Last week I sat here sweating due to the unseasonably warm temperatures and today I have a space heater by my side. What a difference a week makes. Or maybe a week doesn't make that much difference as last week's #1's have both retained their standings. Cloud Nothings continue to dominate the singles chart with "Modern Act" while Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's These Systems Are Failing has not failed at all. However it is joined in a three way tie for #1 (have we ever had one of those before?) by a previous chart topper, Pixies' Head Carrier, and a brand new contender, American Wrestlers' Goodbye Terrible Youth.
And the ties continue down the album chart with another three way at #4 between The Lemon Twigs' Do Hollywood, LVL Up's Return To Love, and Slothrust's Everyone Else. Then the top ten closes out with a four way tie between American Football, Kings of Leon, Walker Lukens, and the ever-growing 30 Days, 30 Songs (now 40 songs) anti-Trump playlist.
Back on the singles chart, Hippo Campus jumps up into a tie for second with "Boyish," alongside Sundara Karma with "Loveblood." Two of our #1 albums are represented as American Wrestlers' "Give Up" lands at #4 and Pixies' "Classic Masher" is at #5. Temples is at #6 with "Certainty," followed by ties at #7 and #9 involving some more artists who also appear on the album chart, as well as a chart debut from The Georgia Flood. You can see it all for yourself on the charts below.
It may be too cold to go to the beach now that it’s almost November, but it’s not too late to get into the U.K.’s Beach Baby, who released their debut album No Mind No Money back in the late summer. I recently caught up with the band’s co-founders Ollie Pash and Lawrence Pumfrey to chat about the album, and they performed acoustic versions of some of its song for our latest FMQB SubModern Session, which you can listen to here.
FMQB: Let’s get a little background on Beach Baby. The two of you started the band originally?
Ollie Pash: Yeah, we did. I met Lawrence about eight or nine years ago in Bristol.
OP: We’re unrelated. Brothers from another mother. But yeah, we started playing songs together then and we carried on doing so during our university years. Then we moved to London afterwards and we carried on playing. We looked for other band members because before then it had just been the two of us. It was like this [session] - acoustic guitars and singing. Different songs. A different songwriting style as well.
OP: No it was something else. So, we decided we wanted to make a go of it with a proper band. We met our drummer about two or three years ago. He was a friend of a friend. And at that point we kind of found the right combination of musicians and personalities and that’s when we started calling our project Beach Baby.
FMQB: And how would you describe the sound that you arrived at with all of you together?
OL: Yeah. Some of them are actually the same recordings, but then we re-recorded old songs as well. We did a new version of “No Mind No Money” for this record to try and update the palatte of the song a bit, to keep it consistent with the rest of the record. And also we’d played the song live quite a lot, since its conception to the moment that we were recording our album, and I think when you play a song live you start to, just by nature, change the way you play it. I thought it was important to try and involve those changes into the new recording and leave behind some of the things that we weren’t doing on the track anymore.
FMQB: Obviously that must be an important song to become the title track of the album?
OL: Yeah. With it being the album title, I think it’s possibly a bit misleading because I think it was the best song on the album for an album title, rather than the best song. It was a little bit of both. But in terms of importance, you’re right. It was definitely the start of something I think. It was the moment when we kind of brought all the components of our band together and it seemed to happen very quickly without a huge amount of forcing it. It was a morale booster.
FMQB: Another important song is your current single “Limousine.” Any story behind that one?
OL: That song was written just over a year ago as an acoustic jam and I started playing it with two of the other band members because you [Lawrence] were away. We stumbled upon this very driving bass and drum combination that seemed to work really well with the change of chords. I suppose it’s a good example of the rhythm section aspects of our band that we like to work on tightly knit, punky kind of stuff.
FMQB: Now you’re on your first full tour of America. How are you enjoying it?
OL: It’s been a hell of a two, three weeks! We’ve done a lot of driving obviously.
LP: Everything’s miles away. So far away that it took my voice from me. It’s been great though. I think highlights were driving through Yellowstone. We went for a swim in a lake in Yellowstone. That was pretty fantastic. We hung out with some cowboys in Montana. That was unexpected. They taught us how to rope.
FMQB: So you can lasso people from the stage now?
LP: Well, I’m still rubbish at it.
FMQB: Keep practicing.
LP: They gave us a rope, but I think we left it in L.A. It’s been an incredible experience to see so much of a country that we haven’t seen apart from New York and L.A. So, yeah, we feel pretty fortunate.
By Josh T. Landow
|1||CLOUD NOTHINGS||MODERN ACT||CARPARK|
|2t||HIPPO CAMPUS||BOYISH||GRAND JURY|
|SUNDARA KARMA||LOVEBLOOD||BEE & EL / RAL / RED|
|4||AMERICAN WRESTLERS||GIVE UP||FAT POSSUM|
|7t||THE LEMON TWIGS||THESE WORDS||4AD|
|MOBY & THE VOID PACIFIC CHOIR||HEY! HEY!||MUTE|
|9t||THE GEORGIA FLOOD||WHISTLE KING||HUBBUB!|
|11t||AMERICAN FOOTBALL||DESIRE GETS IN THE WAY||POLYVINYL|
|MONA||IN THE MIDDLE||BRIGHT ANTENNA|
|THE RADIO DEPT.||SWEDISH GUNS||LABRADOR|
|WALKER LUKENS||LIFTED||MODERN OUTSIDER|
|FIDLAR||WEST COAST||MOM + POP|
|KESTRELS||DESCENT OF THEIR LAST END||SONIC UNYON|
|KEVIN DEVINE||INSTIGATOR||PROCRASTINATE MUSIC TRAITORS|
|LETTERS TO CLEO||CAN'T SAY||SELF-RELEASED|
|SLOTFACE||TAKE ME DANCING||PROPELLER|
|21t||BEATS ANTIQUE||LET IT ALL GO||SELF-RELEASED|
|BLINK 182||SHE'S OUT OF HER MIND||BMG|
|CRX||WAYS TO FAKE IT||COLUMBIA|
|INTERRUPTERS||SHE GOT ARRESTED||HELLCAT / EPITAPH|
|RAG'N'BONE MAN||HUMAN||BEST LAID PLANS / COLUMBIA|
|SWMRS||PALM TREES||UNCOOL / FUELED BY RAMEN|
|TUNS||MIND OVER MATTER||ROYAL MOUNTAIN|
|THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES||RINGER||ANOTHER CENTURY|
|1t||AMERICAN WRESTLERS||GOODBYE TERRIBLE YOUTH||FAT POSSUM|
|MOBY & THE VOID PACIFIC CHOIR||THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING||MUTE|
|4t||THE LEMON TWIGS||DO HOLLYWOOD||4AD|
|LVL UP||RETURN TO LOVE||SUB POP|
|7t||AMERICAN FOOTBALL||AMERICAN FOOTBALL||POLYVINYL|
|KINGS OF LEON||WALLS||RCA|
|VARIOUS ARTISTS||30 DAYS, 30 SONGS||30 DAYS, 30 SONGS|
|WALKER LUKENS||NEVER UNDERSTOOD||MODERN OUTSIDER|
|GREEN DAY||REVOLUTION RADIO||REPRISE|
|14t||BEACH SLANG||A LOUD BASH OF TEENAGE FEELINGS||POLYVINYL|
|THE RADIO DEPT.||RUNNING OUT OF LOVE||LABRADOR|
|SAVOY MOTEL||SAVOY MOTEL||WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?|
|WARPAINT||HEADS UP||ROUGH TRADE|
|18t||KEVIN DEVINE||INSTIGATOR||PROCRASTINATE MUSIC TRAITORS|
|OF MONTREAL||INNOCENCE REACHES||POLYVINYL|
|VARIOUS ARTISTS||SAY YES! A TRIBUTE TO ELLIOT SMITH||AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT|
|21t||BON IVER||22, A MILLION||JAGJAGUWAR|
|JIMMY EAT WORLD||INTEGRITY BLUES||RCA|
|LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS||SPECIAL NIGHT||BIG CROWN|
|PAUL & THE TALL TREES||OUR LOVE IN THE LIGHT||BIG CROWN|
|THE SHACKS||THE SHACKS EP||BIG CROWN|