So as soon as I heard that they would be coming to Montreal on February 20th, I knew I had to see them perform live. I was sure that they would be entertaining but I wasn’t expecting to be greatly impressed by their musicianship.
I wanted to share the fun so bought a ticket for my husband. When he asked me what kind of music they played I made the mistake of calling them a girl band. The Beaches are a guitar/rock band who are talented, charismatic and happen to be women.
Formed in Toronto in 2013, The Beaches are; sisters Jordan (lead vocals /bass) and Kylie Miller, (guitar), Leandra Earl (guitar/keyboard) and drummer/percussionist Eliza Enman-McDaniel. They released their debut album, Late Show, in 2017 and won Breakthrough Group of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.
In 2019, they released their third EP, The Professional and toured Canada, opening for The Glorious Sons and Passion Pit. They were chosen as the opening act for the only Canadian stop on the Rolling Stones’ 2019 No Filter Tour. This year The Beaches are headlining a tour of Canada and I was lucky to catch them at The Corona Theatre in Montreal.
We arrived early enough to catch the first two opening acts. Fade Awaays and Goodbye Honolulu did a great job at warming up the crowd. We got a spot near the side of the stage and I was surprised to find a somewhat older crowd. All three bands were from Toronto and actually knew each other from school. One of the bandmates from Goodbye Honolulu announced that it was his sister’s birthday and got us all to sing to her. That’s when I realized why there was an older group in the audience. A lot of the bands’ moms and family members were in the audience.
Goodbye Honolulu has that perfect formula that’s been working for rock bands for over 50 years. Four young, talented and stylish guys with distinct styles and a sense of humour. “Typical” was my favourite track. It reminded me of The Monkee’s Stepping Stone which is actually a compliment. The band is a really cool mix of almost every decade of rock which everyone really enjoyed.
When The Beaches hit the stage it was like a magical team of superheroes appeared. They were beautiful and powerful, glammed out in their fabulous evening-wear and played their instruments like rock goddesses. Jordan strutted across the stage in a long red gown, doing high kicks and spinning around. Sister Kylie struck a pose in a sparkly version of a little black dress as she stood on the speakers and kicked the shit out of her guitar. Leandra pulled off some killer keyboard solos, in a white satin white jumpsuit with shoulder pads that would make David Bowie jealous. And even though she didn’t stray from her spot in the back, Eliza‘s silver sequinned vest was clearly visible from across the room as she pounded her drums with attitude.
When Jordan asked;
“Montreal do you like being bad?“, everyone in the Corona theatre whooped in unison. We all knew that we were in for a great show. And we were not disappointed.
They covered all their hits like T-shirt, Turn Me On, Money and Gold from their first studio album (The Late Show 2017) as well Fascination, Snake Tongue and Want What You Got from The Professional 2019). I was wondering if they were going to do any covers and was pleasantly surprised when they ordered us to dance before playing Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. Most of us did not wait for instructions to begin dancing.
The Beaches are a super fun band to see live because they really look like they are enjoying themselves on stage. Each member exudes confidence and joy in their playful yet professional performance.
The Beaches have restored my faith in the future of women in rock/pop music. And the fact that they are Canadian makes me even more proud. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Review – Annette Aghazarian
Photos – Eric Brisson