Beach Baby are back today with new single ‘Lovin’ Feeling’ – their first new music since 2016’s critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘No Mind No Money’, and a tantalising glimpse of their second album, which will be released later this summer. The band have announced additional details of a handful of intimate UK shows, which go on sale today.
Written and self-produced by the band – and mixed by Nathan Boddy (Shame, James Blake, Georgia) – ‘Lovin’ Feeling’ is a wry, welcome return from Beach Baby. If their debut album wistfully documented mid-20s malaise over the dreamy, post-punk stylings of 80s/early 90s indie, ‘Lovin’ Feeling’ feels suitably more self-assured: looser, groovier, and playfully incorporating everything from that deliriously catchy sax, to a smattering of congas. But despite its sleazy, distinctly 70’s sheen, ‘Lovin’ Feeling’ is at its heart still Beach Baby in characteristically arch, melancholic form: here in fact is a sad-eyed ode to romantic disaffection, exploring crippling indecision, the fear that your intense feelings might not be reciprocated, and the almost otherworldly mental spaces you enter in-between.
‘Lovin’ Feeling’ is a fitting introduction to the second Beach Baby album – which has – there’s no hiding from it – been a while coming. After touring ‘No Mind, No Money’ extensively, Beach Baby found themselves – well, with no money. So in the dark months at the start of 2017, the band repaired to the ‘summerhouse’ (read shed) at the bottom of drummer Shep’s garden, and set about converting it into a makeshift studio, with co-vocalist Ollie Pash at the helm as engineer and producer. It was cold, and you could see your breath mist. But it was a place where the band could lick their wounds and reconnect, over the shared warmth of a portable heater. Shep Hodgson was working as a Teacher’s assistant, Ollie had a million different shit jobs, bassist Kit Jennings was commuting from his parents’ house in Tunbridge, and co-vocalist Lawrence Pumfrey had shaved his head in a moment of existential crisis. The first song to emerge from the ‘Lodge Sessions’, as they became known – was ‘Lovin’ Feeling’. It was still sad, but it made you want to party. Possibly in a dagger-collared shirt and a pair of sunglasses. It was a breakthrough. The band turned the heater up to full to celebrate.
‘Lovin’ Feeling’ is the song that paved the way for Beach Baby’s ‘second coming’. It’s the song that Ollie cut his teeth on as a DIY producer and engineer. It’s the song that encouraged Lawrence to throw his hat into the ring as video director for the first time. It’s the song that convinced the band there was life in this old dog yet. And, in a way, it’s the song that paved the way for the creation of a whole new weirdly wonderful, surreally subterranean…world.
But more on that later.
20th June – LONDON, The Islington
22nd June – NORWICH, Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi.
4th July – BRIGHTON, Prince Albert
5th July – SOUTHAMPTON, The Joiners
6th July – MANCHESTER, YES