So, a while back, I did a Better Know an Artist with Ariel Hartley, lead singer of the excellent Denton psych-rock band, Pearl Earl. Well, 2 members of that band, Charlie Beaman and Bailey Chapman (along with Benjamin and Taylor Copeland), also moonlight with Denton garage band, ABACABA, who just released an excellent self-titled LP. Charlie (keys) took some time to answer our timeless questions, and that went something like this:
Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?
CB: I was born in Midwest City, OK, and moved to Texas at age 6. I took piano lessons at a young age and then stopped because I became bored of it. At 12, I received my first bass and began playing birthday parties and other small events with other kids from school. My first venue to play at was the Curtain Club in Deep Ellum, TX. Right then, I knew I wanted to play music for the rest of my life, and since have. At age 16, I picked back up keys and that’s what I mainly play now.
Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
CB: I would describe ABACABA as Garage/Prog without the 4 minute jams for each instrument, but carries an almost cinematic feel.
Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?
CB: Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Medeski, Martin and Wood, pretty much all of Josh Homme’s projects, and Ween. The way Ween puts together their albums is fascinating to me.
Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?
CB: “Grumpy Couch”, just because it’s nostalgic for me. It was written about a coach that was used for timeout when I was living with my older cousins and one of their young sons. It was a song that had been in my mind for a long time before it all came together. I am pretty proud of it.
Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?
CB: I’m starting to play bass and be part of a new group called Particular People. It’s a mix of a lot of different musicians coming in and recording their own parts to each song. It’s been a really fun process.
Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?
CB: Ween’s White Pepper
Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?
CB: I honestly have no complaints. In the past 2 years that I’ve been back, everyone, whether it be Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton has been very nice and welcoming. 35 sucks to drive south on. That’s about it.
Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?
CB: 3 Links. Great staff, stage and sound.
Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?
CB: Particular People, Pearl Earl, Mink Coats, Cozy Hawks, Criminal Birds, Dead Mockingbirds, Sealion, Party Static, Lochness Mobsters, the Aquaholics.
Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
CB: I can talk to all animals except fish.
There you have it, folks. Shout out to Reverse Aquaman Charlie Beaman for taking time out of his day playing with every band in town. Go find you an ABACABA show or a Pearl Earl show or, you know whatever he’s doing that day, and check out the new record below.