Beesley's new track Empty was previously available as a free download sandwiched between two other tracks on their Bandcamp-released Blossom Demo. However, this new version of the 3-minute release is a re-recorded and smoother effort, featuring an alternative, silkier, take on the vocals by lead singer and guitarist James Nager.
Following recent uploads: Sunshine, Ruin and White Wall, Beesley continue their momentum, merging the use of jangly guitars, emo-rock influenced string bends and chords, plus a cymbal-heavy drum performance. The 4 piece’s main strength is surely the flawless rhythm section; Blue Thorn and Josh Hall’s contributions with drums and bass guitar respectively.
Beesley’s vocals can be an acquired taste at times, and Nager’s voice frequently lacks punch, adopting a purposefully lazy quality. However this works because of the loud-quiet-loud nature of Beesley’s work, mastered by bands such as Pixies or Bleach-era Nirvana, and should be taken as a compliment by the frontman. The backup vocals on Empty shadow Nager’s main efforts effectively and these details are what provides Beesley with their sound- if you are familiar with the group you would agree that they could release all manner of obscure covers and they would still be instantly recognizable.
Empty is not as enjoyable a listen as Sunshine or Greyscale Sunset, but Beesley’s music has a nostalgic quality which always has you returning for more, and this is very much the case here.
Beesley’s debut 6 track EP is due for release imminently, but the band have in fact split due to personal commitments so unfortunately this will be their last action as a band. Regardless, their tunes are worth a listen for any fan of grungey punk music.
Listen to ‘Empty’ here
Find Beesley at https://beesley.bandcamp.com