Stemming from various bands that guitarist/vocalist Steven Instasi and bassist Ben Semeta had been in since their teenage years, Black Beach formed in 2012 in their hometown of Middleboro, MA when the two joined with childhood friend and drummer Ryan Nicholson. Originally starting as a hardcore band, the trio decided to focus on writing a style of music that encompassed all of their interests rather than existing in the confines of any one particular genre. What resulted was a sound that took inspiration from noise rock, post punk, proto punk, doom, free jazz, and art rock. Eventually relocating to Boston where the band found kindred spirits in the local music scene, Black Beach found a home in the various basements and music venues in the city and began playing with international touring acts such as Thee Oh Sees, Protomartyr and Acid King. With two EPS, a split with friends Nice Guys and 2016’s LP “Shallow Creatures” under their belt, Black Beach continues to evolve their genre bending version of rock music.
“Consumed by the omnipresent anxiety of our current political and cultural moment, Boston post-punk outfit Black Beach is channeling all that negativity into a bruising yet cathartic release on its new LP Tapeworm.”
– The 405
“With a cave-like wall of sound that’s both recklessly punk and stuffed with grungy grit, Black Beach’s sound has spread across the northeast, finding them on bills with bands of many styles and even securing them a Boston Music Awards nomination.”
– Allston Pudding
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