Beams

Featured Musicians

Hot off playing our Series Five launch party and 2 Year Anniversary celebration last Thursday, September 24th (at Gladstone Hotel) are Toronto’s Beams. Their sound is revolutionizing Toronto’s alternative folk scene and we love having them as a part of our Series Five labels. Here’s why:

Beams’ mix of bluegrass instrumentation, avant-garde noir folk stories, robust songwriting and indie is not-to-be-missed. They’re all banjo, mandolin, lap steel guitar and singing saw combined with the beautiful harmony of Anna and Heather’s voices. The seven-member band push the boundaries of tradition and stand out from the indie pop pack. In case you’re also as in love with their label art as we are, you’d be interested to know that it comes from re-purposed shadow puppets designed by Erin Fleck and Sarah Fairlie from their “Black Shadow” music video. Photographer Juni Bimm laid the design out for the purpose of this label.

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If you didn’t make it out for our event at Gladstone, you will absolutely want to catch these guys live at some point. In Toronto? Beams have a residency every Tuesday evening in November (3rd,10th, 17th & 24th) at the Dakota Tavern, where they will be playing old favourites, an array of covers and premiering many of the new songs that will make up their second LP.

So many great things for this two-year old band (same age as us! Total kinship.). They just returned from their very first U.S. tour, and recently released a music video for “The Way We Run,” which features a post-apocalyptic view of Toronto and animations by Aaron Long (you may also know him from Netflix’s Bojack Horseman): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0-6SgJSawo.

Follow their rapid growth on their website, www.beamstheband.com, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. YEA!

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