Los Angeles-based indie-pop band Beginners will release their anticipated
sophomore EP Pleaser on September 16th. A formidable follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut which garnered over 4 million Spotify streams, numerous TV syncs, and tour dates with artists such as Walk The Moon and Tove Lo, Pleaser features catchy dance melodies with a rock ‘n roll vigor and clever lyrics ranging from feel good to biting. Today, PopMatters premiered “Stereo” and called it “a laid-back tune as ready for blasting from a Camaro system as from Spotify, and that timelessness is a wonderful thing.”
“‘Stereo’ is an ode to the love of records,” frontwoman Samantha Barbera toldPopMatters. “I was definitely inspired by songs like Billy Idol’s ‘Dancing With Myself’, that so perfectly describe the feeling of contentment and freedom you get when dancing alone to a great record. ‘Dressed up nowhere to go. Just me and my stereo.’ There’s no place I’d rather be.”
Pleaser is an ode to the thin line between love and hate. Pulsing singles like“Gangsters or Lovers” and “What We Are” leave no choice but to move to the contagious beats and guitar riffs. The Black Keys meet Yeezus in the tongue-in-cheek revenge ballad “I F*cking Hate You” where Barbera’s bluesy vocal melody delivers sultry lyrics with a violent twist. Gritty dance track “Making Love to the Dead”reveals how passion can turn to pain in a soul-sucking industry designed to churn out marketable hits, while hypnotic closer “Melting Into One” evokes the intoxicating power of young love.
Beginners delivers dark garage rock with a shimmery electronic pop veneer influenced by years of cutting their teeth in the LA punk scene. The band’s sound and lyrics ride a line between glossy and gritty, creating hooks that are at once magnetically catchy and unsettlingly honest. Their single “Who Knows” off their first EP launched the band two years ago resulting in buzz from Rolling Stone, Perez Hilton, Huffington Post, and TV syncs on shows including New Girl and commercials for Ray Ban, Skullcandy, and Miller Lite.