It always feels good to get nice things said about you. Especially when you send out press to everyone before going on tour, and get a particularly nice word.
There are lots of reasons to recommend this incendiary, ‘70s-inspired rock ‘n' roll band from Florida, from the blinding, Heartbreakers-esque blending of chiming electric 12-string and bat-out-of-hell lead guitar, to singer/songwriter Shawn Kyle's passionate lead vocalizing, to the songs themselves, which manage to be smart and literate while retaining all sorts of memorable hooks. This is a band that leaves fans satisfied and exhausted.
At the 2009 SXSW in Austin Texas, the Beauvilles' showcase went way over capacity, and the local fire marshall was called to bar the doors.
Then, of course, there's the video for the Beauvilles song "Snow," which is beautifully shot and captures the desperate nature of Kyle's lyrics to perfection. The clip, which plays out like a Cold War short film, won Best Music Video 2009 at the Sunscreen Film Festival. It's attached to this story on connectsavannah.com. See thebeauvilles.net.
Right on Bill De Young. Good to see that music journalism isn't dead.