Beams is a band from Toronto that ultimately defies easy categorization. In our relatively short existence we’ve been called “Art-Country”, “Folk-pop”, “a mix of bluegrass instrumentation, avant-garde noir folk stories,” and most curiously “Spry electropop”. We have worked with the likes of Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/the Sadies/Neko Case) and John McEntire (Tortoise, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene) and recently just finished shooting a video with Christopher Mills (Modest Mouse, Interpol). They are releasing their new album “Teach Me to Love” on Feb. 23rd, 2018.
“There’s an angular and brittle energy in their songs that gets tempered by Bri’s very human voice. And the subjects they are exploring in their songs are life experiences that can harden you–but they don’t have to. Art itself softens. A harsh wail can be an act of violence, or it can be music, if it’s put in a song. And we all need more songs these days.”
– Angela Pancella, writer, “Music and Religion”
Blossom Hall started out as a side project between Nancy Paraskevopoulous (vocals, synth) and Phil Cotter (vocals, guitar). They’d written songs together for a year when they were offered a last-minute chance to perform at a high profile show at Southgate House Revival, even though they didn’t yet have a drummer to round out the group. Within a week of the show, Phil called Charlie Schefft to fill in on drums.