Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Upcoming: The Beards To Play Sons Of Essex, 3/24

New York, Australian band The Beards will be making a stop at Sons of Essex on March 24 as part of The Aussie BBQ festival.  For those not in the know (like I was!) they're a group of guys who exclusively perform songs about one subject ... beards!  Yep, you heard me, BEARDS.  They have a new album, Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard, which is scheduled for release in the US on March 5.  And since I maybe, probably, have a beard fetish, I had to show them some love.  Check out the video for “You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man” below.

The concept of The Beards is simple: a band of bearded men that exclusively perform songs about just one subject – Beards.  Forming in 2005 to perform one show only in their hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, The Beards soon found their truly unique concept in hot demand. Their hardline pro-beard stance, coupled with their passion-fueled live shows and unquestionable musicianship, meant they developed a cult following right across the country, and the advent of social media soon led to a global fan-base. From their bearded lair, Johann Beardraven (vocals, keyboards, and saxophone) speaks of the band’s mission: “I regard us as freedom fighters. We started this band because bearded men in Australia were heavily discriminated against. We provided a voice for the bearded underdog and now everyone in our country has a beard.”

Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard is the band’s third full-length album since its inception, following the self-titled 2007 debut and 2010’s aptly titled Beards, Beards Beards. “It’s our third concept album about the same concept – the only concept of any importance to any of us – beards!” Explains drummer John Beardman Jnr. With other songs of various rock enormities on the album, including the rocksteady-tinged “Bearded Nation,” the L.A. sleaze-rock of “Why Having A Beard Is Better Than Having A Woman,” and the piano ballad “I Think Beards Are Great,” any notion that The Beards may have run out of material is comprehensively quashed. The band—rounded out by Nathaniel Beard (bass guitar/vocals) and Facey McStubblington (guitars/vocals) - proudly point out that this is “definitely our most beard-related album yet”.