michael beach

Michael Beach is a US-born, Melbourne-based musician who writes, records, and performs under his own name, and as a member of Melbourne (AUS)-based trio Shovels.  Since 2008, he has put out records on Spectacular Commodity, the Thurston Moore/Byron Coley collab label Ecstatic Yod, Peru’s Tacu Tacu Records, and Twin Lakes Records.

In 2013 before moving full-time to Melbourne, Beach recorded his sophomore LP, Golden Theft with drummer Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire, Colossal Yes) and engineer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl) over three days at Manley’s Lucky Cat Studios.

“Hooky and a little bit heavy, driving and catchy like crazy, and that tempo shift just kills us every time, so unexpected, but so cool…..Drifting from crunchy post punk, to woozy psychedelic drift, to countrified rust belt songsmithery, and several other stops in between… Gorgeous stuff for sure.” – Aquarius Records on Mountains + Valleys


"...the grand theft surprise of the summer...an album that picks and chooses the best parts plucked out of the modern golden era that sound better than anything before."  -- Sjimon Gompers, IMPOSE Magazine, Aug. 2013

"The sound is all over the map, drifting from crunchy post punk, to woozy psychedelic drift, to countrified rust belt songsmithery, and several other stops in between... Gorgeous stuff for sure."   -- Aquarius Records, Dec. 2011

"A Horse is brilliant, understated, yet powerful and emotive. I guess you could call it a "singer/songwriter" effort, but that'd be selling it short. Fans of the best of Elliot Smith, the best of Lou Reed, and Straight Ahead, the 1984 solo LP by Greg Sage of The Wipers, please have a listen... -- Art for Spastics, Feb. 2011

Golden Theft one of Beat the Indie Drum's 40 Favorite Albums from 2013, Feb 2014

Raven Sings the Blues give high praise to Golden Theft, Jan 2014

Golden Theft comes in at #3 on Sonic Masala's Best Albums of 2013, Jan 2014

Golden Theft selected for Formless Fields' Favourite Vinyl of 2013, Jan 2014

Golden Theft reviewed in The Big Takeover, Dec 2013

Golden Theft ranks high on Vinyl District's Best LPs of 2013, Dec 2013

End-of-year honors from SF Weekly, Dec 2013

Golden Theft reviewed in Terminal Boredom, Sept 2013

Golden Theft given 'A+' review in The Vinyl District, Sept 2013

Golden Theft track "Eve" reviewed in Polaroids of Androids, Sept 2013

Golden Theft reviewed in Sonic Masala, Sept 2013

Golden Theft review/Michael Beach feature in the East Bay Express, Aug 2013

Golden Theft reviewed by Sam Lefebvre for IMPOSE, Aug 2013

Golden Theft reviewed in SlyVinyl, Aug 2013

Golden Theft reviewed in Rust Zine, Aug 2013

Michael Beach interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, April 2012

Mountains + Valleys reviewed in YourFlesh Magazine, January 2012

Beach receives Best of 2011 Honors for Best Song and Best EP from Bandcamp Hunter, January 2012

Two Beach tunes picked for Boshnoggin's Nine Most Euphonious Gems of 2011, December 2011

Michael Beach feature/interview in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 2011

Spacerockmountain digs Mountains +Valleys, November 2011

Review Stalker recommends Mountains + Valleys, November 2011

Mountains + Valleys reviewed in Stoned Sun Vibrations, November 2011

Tympanogram "introduces" Michael Beach, November 2011

The Bay Bridged, November 2011

Mountains + Valleys reviewed in Listen Before You Buy, November 2011

Sonic Masala reviews Mountains + Valleys, November 2011

Bandcamp Hunter selects Mountains + Valleys as its Pick of the Week, October 2011

Mountains + Valleys reviewed in The Needle Drop, October 2011

Featured article in MessandNoise, August 2011

Review in Still Single, June 2011

Droning Earth digs "A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise", May 2011

Review in Life is Noise, April 2011

Review in 7inches, April 2011

The Needle Drop digs the "A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise" 7-inch, March 2011

Curious Works, March 2011

Loudvine wants "to be a part of whatever Michael Beach does musically." Read more... February 2011

A strong endorsement from San Francisco's The Bay Bridged, February 2011

A review in France's S.A.V., February 2011

"The Exhilirating Rise" featured in Built on a Weak Spot podcast, January 2011

Review of "A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise" 7-inch in Sonic Masala, January 2011

Nice nod for "A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise" 7-inch in AllEveryoneUnited, January 2011

"A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise" 7-inch covered in The Hartford Courant, January 2011

MessandNoise.com on "Blood Courses":  

“Somehow these songs seem to exist outside the framework of popular music, their structures both classic and completely individual. As such, Blood Courses is an album that will hopefully be regarded as a fully realised work long after its contemporaries have faded from memory. It avoids the pitfalls of genre, fashion and commercial considerations so successfully, I’m tempted to call it timeless.” Read more...



Review in The Big Takeover, June 2012

Review in The Big Takeover, June 2012