Based in London but tinged with the apathetic pop of west coast US, Beach Baby met in Goldsmiths college through a notice. Starting out with more a folky hue, the four-piece balanced their day-jobs as teaching assistants and movie script readers with crafting a distinctively their own – hazy, dream-like yet grungey and completely their own. Recording across various London bedsits, they put together a collection of tracks that inspired seminal tastemaking label Chess Club to put out the band’s debut single, which is out now. Ladybird was mixed by Cenzo Townshend (who has previously worked with the likes of Jamie T, Franz Ferdinand and The Maccabees), and touches on ideas of femininity, atypical romances and the bitter-sweet nature of slowly growing out of your teenage years. As well as their fast-developing sound, the band have used their Goldsmiths background to create striking aesthetics to go with the music – something which approaches what John Hughes might’ve created had he spent his formative years in Deptford.

Thu 9 Apr, The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Greengate, Salford, Manchester M3 7DW. 7.30pm, £3,

Thu 9 Apr
Matthew Britton
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Tue 7 Apr 2015