Boston-based Black Beach plan to make a splash when they make their Boston Calling debut this weekend, bringing their garage-y, grunge-oriented brand of alt bangers to the festival’s locally-focused third stage. The trio recently followed up their rollicking March full-length ‘Shallow Creatures’ with ‘Black Beach Live @ V.16,’ an EP of rowdy recordings from a live session that is available on a limited cassette run. The band’s hazy, crunch-heavy sound features haunting, goth-adjacent vocals and relentless, rough-around-the-edges riffs that recall the glory days of 70s guitar rock.
In the meantime, singer and guitarist Steven Instasi gave us the scoop on what music makes him tick – and reveals that the way to his heart is as simple as a plate of falafel and a chat about Ozzy Osborne.
Name: Steven Instasi
Band: Black Beach
What sound(s) do you/your band make?
Black Beach makes fuzzy rock and roll.
If you could have anything fall from the sky what would it be and why?
Either money or falafel because I have neither and I could really go for either one.
When I was a kid I used to love to…
An embarrassing phase in my life was when…
I had a middle school shitty music phase.
The 1st album I purchased:
Double Platinum by KISS.
The last album I purchased:
Fire Music by Archie Shepp.
My biggest insecurity:
I’m insecure about everything.
You can easily win me over by…
Talking to me about John Coltrane or Black Sabbath.
Sometimes when I feel any emotion I listen to The Smiths because they’re perfect for all occasions.
After a show people compliment me most on my…
Usually guitar playing or my fellow guitar nerds have questions or comments on amps or pedals or something.
Something most people don’t know about me is…
I don’t know, maybe that I really like to cook? I’m not very secretive.
The band (artist) that altered my perception on life is The Stooges because…Funhouse just really changed my life and made me want to play music in a totally different way.
If not for music I would probably…I would have completely lost my mind by now if it weren’t for music.
What are your favorite song lyrics?
“Boom na da mmm dum na ema Da boom na da mmm dum na ema”- Korn
But I don’t really know maybe something Morrissey wrote.