Following a brief pandemic induced hiatus, First Beige have returned in a big way with the announcement of their newest single ‘Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For’, a debut merch run and a return to live performance. The Brisbane based 6-piece have been making the most of isolation; writing, recording and designing the next exciting chapter in their journey.
The band’s latest offering stands as a testament to their ability to masterfully create infectious dance music that draws from a number of genres and influences. ‘Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For’ is just the tip of the Iceberg of what First Beige have been working on.
Founding member David Versace reveals, “Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For is, "a song about expectations. The song came together in early January this year, we had the Demon Days crew staying with us in Brissy so it was only natural that we had some jams going. I set up a drum loop and had Marley (Bass) and Josh (Keys) jam over it. A couple of months later I found the session on my computer and started mucking around with it and structuring it a bit and in no time had a rough demo of the song. We had our friend Curtis come and track some trumpet one afternoon and also my housemate Kerry from 'Pink Matter' sing on it. I took it to the band and recorded some final drum/percussion parts then handed it over to Oscar for the mixing and sent it off for mastering. This track was really fun to make I think ultimately for me it’s an ode to the brilliance of Josh and Marley’s ability to improvise, they are such killer musos.”
With the ease of restrictions coming into play in the bands home state of QLD, First Beige have teamed up with fellow Bris-buddies Pink Matter for three sessions of live grooves at The Zoo in August. The band’s first two sessions sold out within 24 hours, with their third and last session closing in on its final tickets now – Tickets can be found at Oztix.
The band hit the ground running in 2020, opening Brisbane’s Laneway Festival, performing at Party in the Paddock, A Festival Called Panama and Nine Lives Festival. The band had also had slots scheduled for Meadow Fest & Big Pineapple before the shutdown. In spite of current events, First Beige kept busy, teaming up with good friends Sampology and Love Deluxe to release two club remixes of their track ‘Desire’ in May.
The release of the bands second EP ‘Mirrors’, recorded and mixed by Sampology, garnered praise from around the nation with Tone Deaf stating; ‘With infectious, groove-laden jams like opener ‘Attitude’ to the previously-released ‘Desire’, Mirrors is one of those releases that will stick with you for days, reappearing in your mind when you least expect it, and refusing to leave until you’ve kicked off your own private dance party.’
With the band setting their sights on another mammoth year in 2021, First Beige have much more to offer before 2020 is over.