beabadoobee is the first artist under this fresh continuing series (hopefully) covering young bands/artists making new music that qualifies as Power Pop Rock N’ Roll. Yes, despite our protestations to the contrary, it does seem that there are young people out there still stubbornly utilising guitars, bass, drums (and keyboards) to write and record music. Not a review so much as a discovery feature that will shine a spotlight on deserving bands/artists who produce the kind of music that Power Pop Rock N’ Roll fans of all ages will enjoy and appreciate.
beabadoobee is Beatrice Kristi Laus, a 21 year old woman who was born in the Philippines but grew up in the United Kingdom. Beatrice released her first EP – Lice – in 2018 (when she was 18) and followed that up with three other EPs viz. Patched Up, Loveworm and Space Cadet before last year’s full length Fake It Flowers. In 2021, Beatrice issued the Last Day on Earth single, with more music likely to follow.
beabadoobee has been critically acclaimed straight off the bat despite her songwriting being largely based on uncool ‘retro’ music popular in the 1990s and 2000s. Obvious influences include the anti-folk musings of Kimya Dawson and the grunge cum slacker rock melodicism of Nirvana, Teenage Fanclub and Dinosaur Jr. But what has distinguished Beatrice as a stellar singer-songwriter in her own right over a simple 90s rock revivalist is her ability to engage listeners by telling stories about being a teenager in these troubled times.
Songs like “If You Want To”, “Tired” and “Dance With Me” (all off Patched Up) reveal a fragile sincerity allied to the soft/loud dynamic that served Pixies and Nirvana so well 30 years ago. The new single “Last Day on Earth” is more repetitive but still maintains that intuitive attraction in both words and music that suggest that beabadoobee has the potential to be a pop rock powerhouse in the years ahead. Fingers crossed. Check out beabadoobee on Facebook and online.
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