The Real Ding
GET TO KNOW: Beafets
Photo: Daniel Blake
Following on from a flurry of bold and anthemic offerings over the last few years, Glasgow-based outfit Beafets have now returned to deliver their latest indie-rock stunner 'Falling Knives'.
Capturing a warm and atmospheric direction from start to finish, 'Falling Knives' showcases more of that fresh and vibrant aesthetic they are known for. Filled with soaring textures, killer hooks, and enticing vocals throughout, this new year already feels like a huge step forward for the group.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Green Day. ‘American Idiot’ was the first album I ever owned, and I learnt all the lyrics from the leaflet that came with the CD.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Scott (bassist) was in a pop punk band called Second Strike. I would say a lot of the 2000s sound can sometimes creep into our current music. Whether it's through the backing vocals or the basslines.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
The Arctic Monkeys have been a band we grew up listening to and brought a lot of us together at a young age. There are definitely songwriters who mean more to me now, but I think Alex Turner is responsible for a whole generation of artists starting up. They’ve also been consistent and have grown their sound over the years which is something we aim to do.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
‘Game of Pricks’ by Guided by Voices. I could listen to that song every day and it never gets old.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
I would like to relive the first gig we ever played. When you first start off as a teenager, nerves can get the better of you and you forget to just enjoy the moment. The reality is that hardly anyone is there to see you and you should make the most of the low expectations by just taking it all in.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
We would love to share a bill with The Coral. They always have such a great connection with their audience at live shows.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
The most interesting collaborations are always those where both artists bring something to the table the other can’t provide – for us I think that would be a female vocalist or a hip-hop artist to do a verse over our instrumentals. I’ll go for Angel Olson or Sharon Van Etten as both their voices are so unique, and I loved their collaboration on the single ‘Like I Used To’ last year.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years, we will hopefully have released a few Eps, an album (or two) and have toured the UK several times. It’s hard to plan too many steps ahead in the music industry since things are so unpredictable. Our key aim is to keep making music together, enjoy ourselves in the process and to make meaningful connections with fans along the way.
Beafets' new single 'Falling Knives' is available to stream now. Check it out below.