New Waves: Beings ‘Modern Crush’, Social Creep Listening Party

By | December 6th, 2011 | 2 Comments

After listening to “Modern Crush”, the first offering from Beings’ forthcoming 7”, it’s obvious the Miami punk trio of Ivan Marchena, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Mike Alen hit the off-switch way too soon when they played their last show at Bardot in late May. It isn’t easy to come to terms with the premature demise of Beings, especially when this rollicking two-minute track reminds us so forcefully of why we loved them: catchy choruses and rhythms buried like the dead in dirt, hiccupping yelps, barbarian banging and crashing.

Engineered by Torche bassist Jonathan Nuñez and pressed by Discosoma Records, Social Creep features four songs — “Modern Crush”, “Crowd Clones”, “Social Creep”, “Popular Air” — that the melodically snarling punk trio recorded before they announced their split. In typical Discosoma fashion, Beings’ final release will be limited to 100 copies and features badass art by the band. (For nerds like me, the vinyl glows in the dark). Discosoma and Beings will celebrate the release with a listening party at Lester’s on Friday. To RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook.

William Alton is a regular contributor to the Beached Miami music section and the curator of the Miami Music Guide. Follow him on Twitter @beachedwilly.

New Waves: ANR gets into some ‘Bad Shit’

By | October 31st, 2011 | No Comments

In the spirit of Halloween, or plain ol’ murder, Miami synth rock duo ANR (Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson) dropped “Bad Shit” via 10K Islands on Monday. Hancock seems to sing the pretty ditty from the perspective of a love-confounded murderer who can’t help himself: “Desperate women in my path/If you’d only done the math.” The warm arpeggio on guitar, Hancock’s soft crooning, and the precious piano touches only serve to make the chilling lyric creepier.

You’ve got a way to make me cry,
Make me call the FBI,
Say, “There’s nothing they can do.”

You got into some bad shit
And now you’re gonna pay for it
‘Cos I got into a bad mood.

It isn’t until the electronic kaleidoscope kicks in at 2:08 that the song turns overtly sinister, with Hancock singing “Getting home on a tightrope” in a wavering falsetto that suggests what this keyed-up character is capable of.

ANR is currently finishing up a tour that will end on Nov. 11 with a show at Bardot. Until then, get yourself into some “Bad Shit”.