BEATEN BY THEM: PEOPLE START LISTENING EP SET FOR 11/22 US RELEASE
“Creativity is hard to come by and for many, music has gone stale
and old: far too old to conjure up any kind of fighting spirit. Whilst
many still wonder where all the new music has gone, Beaten By Them are
continuing to relentlessly pound away with a desire and heart that goes
beyond your basic genre role call.”
- Bryan Sanchez
BEATEN BY THEM is a multi-national quintet consisting
of guitarist Andrew Harris, guitarist and keyboardist Max McCormick,
cellist Boima Tucker, bassist Spencer Murray and drummer Jeff
Ardziejewski. The group has previously released two albums and one EP,
and has set their creative ambitions to write and perform rock music
that transcends stylistic barriers.
People Start Listening (described as an "EP")
represents a significant progression for the group. While maintaining
the sonic elements of the previous release Invisible Origins(tribal
drums, synthesizers and earthshaking bass, to name a few) this new
release is an altogether different proposition. It isn’t a stretch to
describe it as an ambient record.
Where in previous Beaten by Them recordings you can clearly hear a band at work, the sounds in People Start Listening are
often hard to identify. It’s a weird and wonderful world, where
musical structures appear suddenly and then collapse into nothingness
before having the chance to gather any momentum. This could be
frustrating, but instead it feels like watching a strange, but cool
It could be Beaten by Them’s most accessible record yet. And as is usual with this group, the sound is top notch. People Start Listening should appeal to fans of progressive or experimental rock music, indeed anyrock fan who has lost their appetite for the bland and unimaginative fare being served up these days.
The future: the band is recording a full-length album in January and touring in Summer 2012.