Breaking into summer with a thunderous new single FREYA BEER is back with new single: “The Calm Before The Storm”.
Directly following on from “The Siren”, this is the inevitable destiny. A swirling maelstrom of feedback-fried guitars and ground-splitting percussion, the South Coast singer stands amidst it all with a towering vocal performance that hooks and haunts with perilous intent.
Said to draw its inspiration from “the association of feminine energy and the phases of the moon”, Freya’s enthralling new release also offers cultish reference to one of her own breakthrough moments. As Freya says:
“The song embodies the essence of my earlier single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, but it’s more like Rosie’s older, more mature sister… I wanted it to be a ceremonial ‘esque’ experience.”
With all the brooding intensity of stone-grey clouds amassing over a choppy sea, “The Calm Before The Storm” adeptly captures the ominous expectation and intrepid excitement of a storm brewing. Produced by Peter Hobbs (The Boy Least Likely To) with Owain Hanford on drums, the outcome offers another captivating glimpse of her long awaited debut album: ‘Beast’ – expected Autumn 2021.
Originating from West London but currently residing on the south coast, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with a distinctive gothic noir of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch. While the pandemic proved a major stumbling block for many artists, for Freya it was a year of breakthroughs and self discovery. Earning repeated airplay on BBC6 Music for her single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, her follow-up single “Arms Open Wide” repeated the pattern before being listed in The PRS’ Top 20 Songs of 2020. Utilising the enforced time away from the live stage to her advantage, Freya began to experiment with a series of timely covers; casting her unique spell over classics like John Lennon’s “Nobody Told Me”, Lana Del Rey’s “Happiness is a Butterfly” and Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. A darkly inviting cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” also saw Freya raise cash for Salford’s Loaves & Fishes food bank, for whom she also played several online fundraising gigs during the lockdown.
Discovering new audiences and in-turn more about herself as an artist throughout the year, these creative experiences provided a powerful stimulus in finalising her debut album: ‘Beast’. Completed between London and Manchester, the record is due for release later this year via her own Sisterhood Records.
To coincide with the album release, Freya has a major UK tour planned for November this year. Shows include venues in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, and Glasgow, as well as a hometown show at Southampton’s 1865. Full dates and details as follows:
FREYA BEER – LIVE DATES
Wednesday 10th November – The Lanes, Bristol
Friday 12th November – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Saturday 13th November – Jimmy’s, Liverpool
Tuesday 16th November – Paper Dress Vintage, London
Friday 19th November – The Lantern, Halifax
Saturday 20th November – Headrow House, Leeds
Sunday 21st November – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Tuesday 23rd November – Bobiks, Newcastle
Wednesday 24th November – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 25th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Saturday 27th November – Old School House, Barnsley
Thursday 2nd December – Music Hall, Ramsgate
Friday 3rd December – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Sunday 5th December – The 1865, Southampton
Tickets on sale now at www.freyabeer.com