Who: Beaches Hails From: Melbourne, Australia Fun Fact: The group started when…
- Posted on May 1st 2011 8:00PM by Jason Cohen
"I know it sounds crazy to you Americans, but we got a grant, which made it possible really," says guitarist Antonia Sellbach of the sonically explosive Melbourne five-piece. "It's money to travel and tour, basically. When we got asked to do Psych Fest were were like, 'well, we can't not do this,' so we booked a few shows around it. It's like we're exporting [Australia's] cultural identity."
The all-female band, which released the Eternal Sphere EP on New York indie Mexican Summer late last year, actually came to Austin with an uexpected "Y" chromosome. A few months before the tour began, one of Beaches' other guitarists, Alison Bolger, found out she was pregnant - with twins, no less.
"She was ordered by her doctor to stay at home," says Sellbach.
Replacing her was Justin Fuller, a longtime friend and peer from deafening Aussie post-rockers Zond.
"He was the first person we all thought of," says drummer Karla Way. "It was like, who could play Al's parts? Who would we want to be on tour with for three weeks?"
"Who could play a whammy bar?," adds Sellbach. "We're lucky to have him."
Beaches finish up its tour this week with two New York stops: Cake Shop in Manhattan on May 5 and Death by Audio in Brooklyn on May 6.