(NYC, USA // Alive Naturalsound Records)
Through their combined experiences of truancy, petty thievery and altogether unseemly behavior, Beechwood has emerged from its not-too-distant past as a likely candidate to head the reemergence of authentic New York rock and roll. Comprised of Gordon Lawrence (guitar/vox), Sid Simons (bass/vox) and Russ Yusef (drums), Beechwood’s raw energy and unwavering passion has blazed a trail of fever-pitched enthusiasm from all corners of the globe. With last year’s full lengths, Songs From The Land of Nod and Inside The Flesh Hotel, released on Alive Naturalsound Records within six months of each other, Beechwood shows no signs of slowing down.
Generating a sound and feel at once stoned, cocky, and aggressive, Beechwood are a band that literally came from the New York streets. To take the members at their word, they were effectively destitute when they dropped their first nationally distributed album, and they all flirted with lives outside the law while struggling to get the band off the ground. Formed by a pair of close friends, the group first made a name for themselves playing clubs and D.I.Y. spaces in New York, honing their own brand of murky but muscular, streetwise rock & roll. Beechwood dropped their debut album, Trash Glamour (Lolipop! Records) in 2015, but it was with 2018’s Songs from the Land of Nod and Inside The Flesh Hotel (Alive Naturalsound Records) that they began attracting a significant audience outside New York City. After touring consistently in the past year, including three tours of Europe, Beechwood are currently working on their fourth album to be released early next year. – Mark Demi, Rovi
BEECHWOOD is Gordon Lawrence (guitar/vocals), Russ Yusuf (drums), and Sid Simons (bass/vocals).