Toronto band The Beaches have won two Juno Awards, had six top 5 singles, opened for the Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters, and count Elton John as a fan. All that and they are still in their mid-20s.
Their next few singles will surprise fans with their distinctly indie-pop direction, and yet within their lyrics is a theme not uncommon to musicians, or anyone in the music industry: perpetual adolescence, or as lead vocalist/bassist Jordan Miller refers to it “arrested development.”
Jordan; her sister, guitarist Kylie Miller; keyboardist/guitarist Leandra Earl; and drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel are dedicated to this life. Jordan and Kylie started jamming together as kids (6 and 7 years old) in a band they called Done With Dolls; Eliza joined in grade 6, followed by Leandra in high school. They adopted the name The Beaches in 2013 after the neighbourhood in which they lived. They practiced every single day, the way some kids do their homework, and released a self-titled EP that same year, and another, Heights, in 2014.
New songs “Grow Up Tomorrow,” “Orpheus” and “My People” — to be released in this order over the next six months — are filled with humour and cool clever lines, many about arrested development, of course.
“You’re given these momentous life moments but because we’re in a band, those moments aren’t the same for us,” Jordan reflects. “I’m happy we chose the road we did. Maybe I’ll grow up tomorrow and things will happen later for me.” Or not.