There might be more than one artist with the name Beeches
1) Beeches is a lilting indie-folk outfit comprising singer-songwriter Luke Thompson and producer/Shakes frontman Alex Price.
2) March 2004 was an important date in the history of music. It was the month when beeches were born and first spent three hours together in a fire-hazard death-trap of a practice room. The rhythm section were tight and knew what they were doing with their bass and drums. The booze section were loose but knew which off licence had the best deal of 8 cans for £5.
The band born that day haven't changed… apart from the line-up, the name and the arrangements of several songs.
After a year or so of working in the practice room, the band knew the time was right to take the songs to the people and play a gig. The Lonely Planet guide to Britain, the London Tourist Board nor the official capital bus tour make no mention of the fact, but on April 29th 2005 the Bull and Gate of Kentish town gave permission for a four piece called beeches to play out their view of the way of the world for 17 and a half minutes.
"I thought you were drunk" "You've got some strange ideas" and "XYZ" were comments thrown their way by other bands on the bill. With these endorsements ringing in their ears and buoyed by the success of the gig, the band did nothing together for a couple of months. When they did meet tho it seemed they'd forgotten most of the songs and each others names.
This collective dementia was only temporary and the music was re-born with a greater energy and purpose than ever before. With only a shoddy live recording to their names and some crappy minidiscs taken from various practices, the four of them decided, for the sake of posterity, to record their songs properly - in the studio. Owing money to various guitar collectors, the slippered Steve Honest took on the job of committing 9 Beeches songs to compact disc.
The evenings of the ninth month of 2005 - renamed Beechtember - were happily spent at the Honest ones' playboy penthouse recording the music that has, so far, brought so much happiness to so few (45 and counting). With "Then We're Agreed" completed, the band played their second gig at the Bull and Gate. Despite three guitars combusting, a bassist collapsing and a drummer cursing the kit, they still rocked.
Since then Neil, Andy, Tom and Kev have gone from strength to strength playing a shed load of gigs in 2006 and 2007 (including a festival in Weymouth and to a room of confused looking Germans in Munich).
The band could have broken up and dissolved when Neil went on a spiritual journey (read: trying to avoid work) to South America for 6 months. However, on his return the 4 beeches are back together trying to remember how all the songs go and what the words are.
Fate conspired to throw these four people together, whereas Destiny hasn't picked the red carpet up from the dry cleaners…but she will, oh yes…well, she might.
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