Beams began in 2011 when singer Anna Mernieks-Duffield sent out an open invitation to fellow musicians to help her perform her songs. They honed their sound through residencies at Toronto’s iconic roots-rock venues like the Dakota Tavern, as well as DIY shows in garages, basements, front porches, and living rooms.
The band connected with acclaimed producer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies) for their debut album, 2013’s Just Rivers. The success of that record helped the band break out of Canada and into the US market, where they have become an audience favorite.
This track is the final single from their upcoming third full-length LP, Ego Death’ due out on March 26th. To celebrate the release the band will also be putting out a concert film release show Livestream on the same day.
The band’s sound can be described as psychedelic folk. This track is upbeat intense and exciting. It opens with chaotic guitars paired with gorgeous vocal harmonies that will resonate with fans of The Pretenders and Fleetwood Mac
The song is about having fear of change even when it may be necessary. Songwriter Anna Mernieks-Duffield says,
“Imagine there’s a fire, and you see one of those signs that says “in case of emergency, break glass”, but you’re so afraid to make a mess or a noise that you can’t, even to save yourself. This one’s about fear of deep change – fear of ego death, really.”