Why We Care: There’s nothing worse than consensus. There’s nothing I’d hate to see more than Britain’s independent music scene turning into a breeding ground for trend-driven conformity. Although we love to feature Hawaiian draped slackers mumbling vague mantras over lo-fi guitars it can get a bit tedious when every. single. band. we get set claim the same influences, wear the same clothes and conform to the same idea of what it means to be young, talented and on-trend. Which is why its great to hear Burning Beaches, who’s name and sound bring to mind the triumphalist helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now, heading down a road that completely bypasses the Beach Boys and instead pays homage to a grittier, snarlier and altogether more visceral school of sound.
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