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Albums Of The Week: The Beaches | Blame My Ex

Toronto's indie-rock queens show their softer side on their first independent outing.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With their new release Blame My Ex — their first independent album — The Beaches crack their upbeat, brazen shell to reveal a more vulnerable inside. Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums), Leandra Earl (keys/guitar), and sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller (lead vocals/bass and guitar respectively) are letting real-life heartache lead the way.

When the heart splits open, it unleashes all kinds of love; from platonic to queer and everything in between. The Beaches uncover it all on this album, while managing to keep it “equal parts silly party Beaches and heartbroken emotional girls,” says Kylie. The band paired with executive producer Lowell (Madison Beer, Nessa Barrett), Juno-nominated producer Gus Van Go (Arkells, Sam Roberts) and producer Sam Willows (Ruby Waters) to maintain their electric spirit. They’ve been dead-set on focusing on songwriting and melody, while channeling their live energy into this album for a more authentic sound.

Known for rousing performances that invite their audience into their realm of intoxicating energy and undeniable connection, The Beaches have opened for Avril Lavigne, The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette, The Aces, Passion Pit and Eagles of Death Metal, as well as being guest performers at the She Rocks Awards in Los Angeles in April 2023.

There is no denying their lure on the stage and in everyone’s playlists, including the great Elton John, who declared, “love them, love them, love them!” They’ve sold out two hometown Toronto shows at History and received acclaim from far and wide. The proof is in the plays — they’ve had six No. 1 singles on Canadian Alt Radio, and their 2022 single Grow Up Tomorrow hit No. 1 on Alternative & Rock radio in Canada for seven weeks.

As self-proclaimed lifers, The Beaches forfeited a typical university experience to pursue their careers in music — a topic often addressed in their lyrics. Named after their old neighbourhood and taking iinspiration from artists like Muna, Olivia Rodrigo, Wet Leg, Wolf Alice and The Strokes, The Beaches say this release is a new direction for them: “We’re not abandoning our rock ‘n ’roll roots, but for this next chapter of our career we wanted to take ourselves less seriously, have fun, and be less precious with the musical ideas we pursue.”

After releasing their self-titled EP in 2013, the group landed a major-label deal in 2016. Island Records released their debut album Late Show — described by Elton John as “The best rock album of last year” — as well as their next two EPs, The Professional (2019) and Future Lovers (2021), which were later combined for a full-length release called Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Albums) in 2022. They’ve been recognized with two Juno Awards: Rock Album of the Year (2022) and Breakthrough Group of the Year (2018).”