Beabadoobee is Gen-Z’s soaring new indie rock act. She learnt guitar two years ago as a bored kid in secondary school. She makes the kind of music you hear in indie movies. She loves Pavement and she wishes she were Steven Malkmus so much that she wrote a song all about it. Since then she has won the NME Radar Award, has been featured in Rolling Stone and Vogueamongst others, and got nominated for a Brit Award — and she’s only 19. From writing acoustic songs in her bedroom to playing arena shows supporting The 1975, Beabadoobee is commendably making a name for herself as a promising act in rock music.
Throughout Bea’s music, openness and vulnerability in her lyrics come as easy as Pavement-inspired chord progressions. “Are You Sure,” the opening track of her latest release,Space Cadet, is driven by the theme of outer space to emphasize feelings of alienation: “You say you’ve been to Mars before / Are you sure?”
With vocal angst and distorted guitar lines, Bea continues to lament, “It’s pretty shit / My brain’s alone and no one understands.” Raging guitar strums swell under cries of loneliness at the song’s peak, capturing the emotion of an artist using songwriting as therapy. At 19 it’s often a stagnant feeling, but for Bea it comes with personal and musical growth. She tells Wickedd Childd:
I wrote Space Cadet during a time where I was starting to accept myself. Compared to my other EPs, I focussed more on instrumentation on Space Cadet. I wanted to focus more on the sounds. A lot of effort went into the EP and I'm proud of how much I’ve grown musically.