Michael Beach is a Oakland-based musician who writes, records, and performs under his own name, and as a member of Melbourne-based trio Shovels, as well as Oakland’s Meercaz and Colossal Yes. Since 2008, he has put out records on Ecstatic Yod, Twin Lakes Records, Homeless Records, Tacu Tacu Records, and Spectacular Commodity.
Shovels’ self-titled debut LP is out now on Homeless Records. From Homeless: ‘Australian psych-post-punk fury of clanging guitars, pummeling drums, and thick, sinewy basslines combine for a primal, minimalistic outpouring of swaggering rawk.’ 2015 USA tour dates here.
Golden Theft, the second full length LP from Michael Beach, was released in 2013 on Twin Lakes Records with distribution through Revolver. The album was recorded with drummer Utrillo Kushner (Colossal Yes, Comets On Fire) and engineer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl) over three days at Manley’s Lucky Cat Studios. After two years of almost constant touring around the US, Europe, and Australia, Michael Beach is now in the process of writing the follow-up to Golden Theft.
“Hooky and a little bit heavy, driving and catchy like crazy, and that tempo shift just kills us every time, so unexpected, but so cool…..Drifting from crunchy post punk, to woozy psychedelic drift, to countrified rust belt songsmithery, and several other stops in between… Gorgeous stuff for sure.” – Aquarius Records on Golden Theft