The Aquadolls - Beachy

Photo: Jenna Houchin
Photo: Jenna Houchin

The Aquadolls will release a new single, titled "Beachy", on August 26 via Enci Records. Released to radio early, the track is already gaining traction, currently sitting pretty at #5 on the SubModern Chart.
The song, produced by Chris Szcezech (Goo Goo Dolls), finds The Aquadolls dipping into their nostalgic roots, for a 60s meets 90s dream pop self-love song.

Cover art: Jenna Houchin
Cover art: Jenna Houchin

"Beachy" tackles the hardships of coming out of a global pandemic and quarantine. Front woman Melissa Brooks says the song, "takes the listener on a trip to the California sunshine with reverb-y guitar and saccharine vocals. While alone at home, we are left with the thoughts of missing those we are far apart from, but realize that self-love is key to making it through these hard times."

"Beachy" serves as the lead single to the band's upcoming 'Charmed' LP. Watch for the music video to debut online soon.

In the meantime, the band's latest single titled "Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up)" is out now.

About the Aquadolls:

When Melissa Brooks formed the Aquadolls 10 years ago, it served as an outlet for her to channel her angst. In high school, she was bullied by her peers, and music served as a therapeutic way to express herself in a positive way. Though she initially aspired to be the next Lady Gaga, Brooks found her way into rock music for outsiders

Following the formation of the bedroom project, Brooks — who serves as the band’s primary singer, songwriter and guitarist — released the 'Free' EP in 2012 and her debut album, 'Stoked on You' in 2013. After cycling through musicians, Brooks joined forces with bassist Keilah Nina and drummer Jacqueline Proctor and things fell into place. The trio released their sophomore album, 'The Dream and Deception,' in 2018.

Once their current lineup solidified around the release of 'The Dream and Deception', the Aquadolls made serious moves. They’ve performed with artists including Kate Nash, Pennywise and Jimmy Eat World, and have featured on major festival lineups like Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Warped Tour and a pair of appearances at Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival.

The Los Angeles-based band have been spending the summer on the road with Incubus and Sublime with Rome. Bigger things yet are looming large in the foreseeable future.

The Aquadolls’ third album, 'Charmed' (which is named after the popular ‘90s/‘00s TV show), is a natural progression for their discography. Don’t let the relatable tales focused on love and relationships, heartbreak and longing for more fool you, the Aquadolls still are about having fun and showcasing humor in their lyrics. 'Charmed' charts the growth in the Aquadolls’ sound, fusing elements of melodic ‘60s harmonies and ‘90s-driven crunchiness with a modern twist that ushered in a new era for them, and it serves as a strong representation of what they want to do.

For the first time on an album (after punk legend Fat Mike produced their three previous singles), the trio relied on an outside producer. Chris Szczech’s (Goo Goo Dolls) Zen-like figure brought a calmness to the trio as they knocked out each song.

The Aquadolls were in the studio on-and-off since the release of 'The Dream and Deception.' The care and meticulous crafting of lyrics and music works seamlessly. What started off as Brooks’ bedroom demos and loose ideas turned into nine songs. 'Charmed' is also the first time that the trio wrote as a unit, allowing the tracks to blossom in the studio before transforming into fully fleshed-out songs that ended up on the album.

'Charmed’s' first single, “Beachy,” is a prime example of the band’s songwriting growth. Starting off as various guitar and drum loops with incoherent lyrics, “Beachy” emerged as a powerhouse, vibe-y, reverb-drenched, twinkle of nostalgia tale that rejects longing for someone and focuses on loving yourself first. “Sneaky,” another highlight, looks at the angst surrounding the uncertainty of a relationship combined with a sound that channels the Breeders and Veruca Salt.

Even as the current edition of the Aquadolls continues to evolve, their signature sound as a guitar-driven band remains the same. Armed with a continued desire to promote their message of self-love and positivity, 'Charmed' is the perfect step forward. Combining a cohesive sound with this message, the Aquadolls are comfortable growing up with their audience — who view things through never perfect, Vaseline-tinged view of the world.