Less than a year after releasing a raucous debut album, local art rock trio Beings will play its final show Wednesday night at Bardot (21+, no cover), a surprising turn of events that deals a sizable blow to Miami’s indie scene.
“The reason for the split is that I have been doing the band thing since 1996, and I just got to the point that I didn’t want to do it anymore,” frontman Ivan Marchena said. “I have absolutely nothing but love and respect for my friends that I play with (Beatriz Monteavaro and Mike Alen) and I am proud of what we accomplished together. They are two of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure of collaborating with. Beings had a great run, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our friends, families, pets, fellow local/not so local bands, and fans.”
Beings are no strangers to great bands with short shelf lives. Monteavaro (formerly of Floor), Alen (formerly of Map of the Universe and :Nobuhjest:) and Marchena (formerly of Map of the Universe) have been through this before only to rise up again. That’s not to say Miami is taking the breakup lightly. Loads of Facebook messages and tweets suggest a stunned and saddened Beings-loving public.
“I think Beings breaking up is a major bummer, mostly because they didn’t release enough music,” Lil Daggers frontman Johnny Saraiva said. “I’m extremely unsatisfied with the amount of Beings songs I can listen to before I have to loop the cycle. I need so much more and now I’ll be Beings blue ballsing for the rest of my life.”
With roots in hardcore, punk, experimental rock, and no wave, Beings combine(d) an encyclopedic knowledge of underground music with riff-based song writing. The result was their 20-minute self-titled full-length, which channeled Chrome, Wire, and Fugazi with its quick rhythmic shifts amid controlled noisy chaos. From its opening track “Naysayer”, a straight nod to early Brit punk, to its final track “Fire Goddess”, an unlikely mix of post-hardcore, sludge, and early Sebadoh, Beings is a personalized tour of underground rock history.
Other than their self-titled debut, Beings only other release was a 7” through Discosoma Records. But a message on the band’s website from last month gives hope for new material post-breakup: “Writing lots of new songs, some of which were played out at the wonderful Radio-Active Records show …”
After tonight Beings will be dead, but the group members are alive and well. Alen will continue his work as the bassist for Foreign Bodies. Monteavaro, who moonlights as one of Miami’s best visual artists, is already hammering away in experimental noise outfit Holly Hunt.
As for Marchena?
“I have nothing musically in the works,” he says. “Just readjusting my life without a band. In all honesty, we’re starting a new band with Oprah after the rapture.”