Published Nov 04, 2015The Beverleys' angsty, up-front vocals and rough, forceful live show make them a perfect fit for Buzz Records. With label mates Greys, they share the influence of bands like Nirvana and Hot Snakes ("Kissing with Braces," "Anyway"), while their erratic, noisy, anxiety-driven darkness often evokes HSY ("Stamp Glue"). The Beverleys are at their best at their loudest, as evidenced by the vicious "Hush."
The vocals can be sweet like the Breeders ("Lemonade"), but more often they're snarling, abrasive, at times whiny. They mix melody and volume like Dilly Dally, but the Beverleys often feel like their badass older sisters; while Dilly Dally might skip class to smoke pot, the Beverleys are out messing shit up, setting stuff on fire. They merge grunge, punk and even classic pop punk, as on "Visions" and the slinky, sliding "Hoodwink," where delicate guitar touches serve as a nice contrast to the grimy power chord shredding and kicking rhythm.
The band have called their sound 'junk punk,' as it suggests simultaneously not caring and caring a lot, and claim to favour emotion foremost. That sounds about right; Brutal is volatile and trashy as much as it is steady and sincere. (Buzz)