Michael Beach is a San Francisco-based musician who writes, records, and performs under his own name, and as a member of Melbourne-based trio Electric Jellyfish. 2013 has has also seen him take up guitar duties with Colossal Yes, and bass duties with Meercaz. Since 2008, he has put out records on the Thurston Moore/Byron Coley colab label Ecstatic Yod, Twin Lakes Records, Peru’s Tacu Tacu Records, and Spectacular Commodity.
Having just finished 12 months of touring including tours of Australia, Europe, and the US both solo and with Electric Jellyfish, Michael Beach has returned to San Francisco to await the release of his sophomore LP, Golden Theft. The album was recently recorded with drummer Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire, Colossal Yes) and engineer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl) over three days at Manley’s Lucky Cat Studios.
Electric Jellyfish also recorded their second LP in between shows on their last Australian tour. The band heads overseas in May for ten dates in Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Spain. The new LP is due out in November through 80/81 Records.
Estrogen Highs was started in 2007 as a solo side project for frontman Stefan Christensen. A 5 song CD-R was released and was soon followed by those five songs being remixed, mastered, and put onto 2 7"s ('E Major D Construction' and 'She Don't Bother EP'). With some attention being garnished from the release of the 7"s a full band was formed with the addition of Wes Nelson on bass, Mark Scialabia on guitar, and Chip Crane on drums. This lineup would go on to record another 7" and the bands first full length "Tell It to Them" (Dead Beat Records). "Tell It to Them" saw the band moving away from its original garage influences and into new territory. After some shifts in lineup the band eventually settled back in with Ross Menze on drums and saw the release of their critically acclaimed second full length album "Friends & Relatives" and highly diverse "Cycles EP." These releases displayed a band indebted to post-punk, kiwi pop, and experimental music, while at the same time forging their own individual sound. The band stayed active with national tours and the release of their third full length, "Irrelevant Future," via Trouble in Mind Records