Geoff Barrow Is Pulled Out of DJ Retirement

In Anticipation of Beak> Live in the US, Geoff Barrow is pulled out of DJ retirement kicking and screaming, and will be playing choice select cuts with Billy Fuller and Matt Williams of Beak>. Weekend warm things up.

Coming out of a year long recording process that was also accompanied by a cross-country move to NYC, Weekend have finally wrapped up their record for a Spring 2013 release. They’re ready to bring back their sonic assault only this time with a bit more sophistication and darkness. As with their previous releases, the boys remind both avid fans and newcomers that dark and menacing can also be beautiful and loud. Keep your ears and eyes peeled for more information on these NYC transplants in the coming weeks. Maybe they’ll even preview a song or two from the new album. Come early and hear for yourself… and don’t forget to SEE as well.. they’re easy on the eyes! This all takes place at The Ace Hotel on February 9 from 10-2AM.




BEAK> formed by Geoff Barrow (drums), Matt Williams (keys-axe), and Billy Fuller (bass) in 2009 when they recorded their self-titled debut album in Bristol, created out of 12 days of improv sessions and then edited into song form. Shorty after releasing their self titled debut album on INVADA records UK and Ipecac records U.S., the band went on a successful tour, playing various festival dates across Europe and the U.S. Buzzing from the tour, Beak> then returned to the studio to start work on ALBUM 2 titled >> only to find that the time on the road had taken its toll on the band’s delicately sensitive and creative nature. And, by consequence, had turned them into a truly awful-sounding pub prog-rock band. The magic had gone. It seemed that the band were thoroughly moribund. Until… One rainy afternoon in Bristol after many tortured, truly terrible recording sessions something changed. It may have been the diesel fumes from the bands tour splitter bus had worn off, others say that the band simply turned their amplifiers down. We will possibly never know the true events of that afternoon but the band began to play and, once again as before, their bleak, wobbly anti-blue note sound had returned, but this time with added synthesizers.

BEAK> have a strong ethos to making records – all albums come from live improv sessions with all musicians playing together in one room, no preconceived written ideas and once recorded no overdubs or fixing – what you hear is what happened.

BEAK> have released 2 albums and toured extensively in Europe & the US, headlining shows and supporting Chris Cunningham & The Horrors along with playing many festivals in Europe (ATP, Primavera Sound, Route du Rock).

Despite BEAK> members all being in other bands they passionately feel that BEAK> should not be seen as a “side project” – they’re a real, continuous working band.

Although BEAK> have been played on specialist UK radio shows this single MONO is the bands first track specifically taken to radio as a single

BEAK> wrapped up their UK tour throughout November and December of last year, and are playing select dates in the US this February.

Beak> US dates:

February 8 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
February 10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
February 12 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
February 13 San Francisco, CA The Independent

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