Beverly - Interview

songs about the origins of the universe

By: Dave Cromwell (@davecromwell)

October 31, 2014

" Harmonies are the most important thing to me. It’s what can set one moment of the song apart from the other. "

Initially formed as a collaboration between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, Brooklyn’s Beverly - after Rose's friendly departure to focus on her solo career - has now evolved into a four piece touring band. , Even though Frankie’s contributions on the Kanine Records debut “Careers” is substantial, Drew is now moving the band forward with the help of  Jamie Ingalls on Drums, Scott Rosenthal on bass, and Caitlin Frame on guitar, synth and the distinctive harmony vocals. The band recently completed an extensive North American tour with The Drums, followed by five appearances at this year's CMJ Festival. The band's music stands out from the pack due to their impactful pop songwriting concealed under big, 90s sounding guitars, also enhanced by their meticulously crafted vocal harmonies. That, combined with their dreamy atmospherics and moody lyrical hooks places them firmly in the dreamgaze camp.

“Yale’s Life” is purposely slowed down and angelic.  How was the concept of working in a factory / construction or woodworking like environment chosen as the visual portrayal of that song?

Drew: I was thinking about where we could shoot a video in a really cool environment, and realized we had this space available.  Our bassist opened a bar in Bushwick called Alphaville.  At first it was a total mess, in shambles and under construction. So I thought maybe we should wear work suits and that can be the theme of it.

“Madora” has these unique harmonies on the verses.  Like a flat note anchoring it all.  Are you trying to create unique chords with your combined voices?

Yes.  Harmonies are the most important thing to me.  It’s what can set one moment of the song apart from the other.  What you are hearing and calling a flat is actually a fourth note.

The chorus has a bit of a Pixies feel to it.  Were you a fan of that band on their initial burst on the music scene?  That was the early 90s.  Or did you perhaps discover them after the fact?

Oh yeah, I’m a big fan.  I got to see them a lot and they definitely were an influence on me.  Surfer Rosa was my favorite record when I was a sophomore in High School out in San Francisco where I grew up.

A song like “Planet Birthday” ultimately rides on a phrase that appears to be “let it ride.”  Is the meaning of this track referring to the first day of our planet earth, or perhaps the big bang theory in general?

I’d like to think that all of our songs speak to the origins of the universe.  However, that song actually came about when we wrote and recorded it all on my actual birthday.  So we were simply living on planet birthday at that moment.

You recently did a tour with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart where you were a member of the band.  How did that come about?

That was like a dream day job for me.  It was really fun.  I sang all the female vocal parts and played keyboards.

At just under 4 minutes, “Black and Grey” is the longest song on the album.  It too is a slow and deliberate piece, with spare careful instrumentation.  Introspective in overall feel, the listener is given that sense of wonder that comes from staring into deep night sky, pondering the stars and planets far above.

Frankie Rose wrote the melody and lyrics for that song, and it very much has a Frankie feel to it.  Right now she is based out in California working on her solo career while we carry on as Beverly here in Brooklyn.  It’s all good!

Dave Cromwell