Generating a sound and feel at once stoned, cocky, and aggressive, Beechwood are a band that literally came from the New York streets.
To take the members at their word, they were effectively homeless when they dropped their first nationally distributed album, and they all flirted with lives outside the law while struggling to get the band off the ground. Formed by a pair of close friends, the group first made a name for themselves playing clubs and D.I.Y. spaces in New York, honing their own brand of murky but muscular, streetwise rock & roll. Beechwood dropped their debut album, Trash Glamour, in 2014, but it was with 2018's Songs from the Land of Nod that they began attracting a significant audience outside New York City.
Beechwood were formed by guitarist and vocalist Gordon Lawrence and drummer and vocalist Isa Tineo. The two first met when they were 16 years old, bonding over their shared love of skateboarding. Lawrence got his first guitar when he was 11, and after learning a few chords found he could play along with Ramones records. As for Tineo, his father was a drummer, so he grew up around percussion gear, and discovered as a teen that playing drums was a good way to deal with aggression. Lawrence and Tineo decided to pool their ideas about rock & roll, and with the addition of bassist Sid Simons, they had a band, and they adopted the name Beechwood from the street were Lawrence lived as a kid.
Beechwood made their debut playing a St. Patrick's Day show opening for Murphy's Law, and while they didn't have much in common with the headliners, they went over well and were on their way. In 2014, Beechwood released an independent album, Trash Glamour, and their live work helped them earn a reputation in New York City. In 2017, Beechwood struck a deal with the long-running indie label Alive Naturalsound, and in January 2018 they brought out the group's second album, Songs from the Land of Nod. Just five months later, the trio was back with a tougher and more energetic third album, Inside the Flesh Hotel. Early the next year, Alive reissued the band's hard-to-find 2014 debut, which had primarily been available as a cassette. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi