Both innocence and wisdom emanate from The Beaches, whose four members have been playing music together since high school. Only half the band has experienced true love, but that doesn’t stop them from singing about it—because as best friends (and two sisters), they’re not about to keep secrets. “I wrote the song ‘Keeper’ for Leandra after she shared one of her romantic experiences with me,” says lead singer Jordan Miller. “Sometimes you need other people to write those songs for you.” Keyboardist and guitarist Leandra Earl chimes in: “I went to her with feelings that I didn’t know how to describe, and she wrote them in a way that made sense to me.”
But they don’t just help each other understand their feelings; they help each other love themselves. “It’s easier to love yourself when those around you remind you how,” says drummer Eliza Enman McDaniel.
If you think about it, a woman loving herself, despite all the noise, is about as badass as it gets. “In our music, we talk a lot about acceptance and embracing your flaws and your sexuality,” says Miller. “I think that’s rock ’n’ roll.” Their favourite love songs: “My Sweet Lord,” George Harrison; “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley; “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers; “Los Ageless,” St. Vincent