Beams, Be Locust or Alone

July 19, 2017 8:00 PM - July 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Wednesday, July 19, 8pm, $5

from Toronto

Beams www.facebook.com/beamstheband http://beamstheband.com https://beamsbeams.bandcamp.com https://soundcloud.com/beamstheband

Be Locust or Alone www.facebook.com/Be-Locust-Or-Alone-1099058673466270
Lalalangue www.facebook.com/lalalangue.music https://soundcloud.com/lalalangue

Every decade or so, a band comes along that perfectly reflects Toronto’s never-ending quest to honour the legacy of its musical past while breaking new artistic ground. In this decade, that band is Beams. For the past four years, the sound of Beams’ two female voices in harmony, combined with banjo, mandolin, lap steel guitar and singing saw, has carved a niche within Toronto’s alternative folk scene. As a true collective, the seven-piece ensemble’s sound brings together elements of country, bluegrass, folk, and avant garde to create music that echoes long-dead Appalachian voices while bravely injecting that spirit into 21st century pop. With the writing of co-front woman Anna Mernieks as its foundation, Beams pushes the boundaries of tradition, at the same time allowing each member space to contribute their distinctive voices toward a greater end.

As a true collective, the seven-piece ensemble’s sound brings together elements of country, bluegrass, folk, and avant garde to create music that echoes long-dead Appalachian voices while bravely injecting that spirit into 21st century pop. With the writing of co-front woman Anna Mernieks as its foundation, Beams pushes the boundaries of tradition, at the same time allowing each member space to contribute their distinctive voices toward a greater end.

Their most recent release is the single “I Wanted to Tell Her,” released on Valentine’s Day…

“The female vocals on The Way We Run are deliciously smoky and sultry while the banjo challenges some slightly distorted guitar as the lead instrument on a melodic and harmonious Country-Folk song; which is as fresh as a Spring lamb and bounces around in much the same way.” – The Rocking Magpie

“From the moment they took the stage with their seven band members and a variety of instruments I knew I was in for something special. They brought to the table a very unique genre of folk that captivated the crowd. From a xylophone to a banjo, to metal saw bending, the variety of sounds that Beams brought to the table was mind bending. It was hard to believe that 7 people could construct such a symphony of sound. With stunning harmonized vocals from the two female lead singers, the rest of the band flowed around and intertwined their unique sounds to create something truly amazing.” – Lithium Magazine

“The Way We Run”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0-6SgJSawo

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