When I heard the first rough recording of "Beach Monster" my mind directly went to thinking about the Beach Boys. But in a different way. A different connection if you will. Not campy. It was a crazy kind of psychedelic Beach Boys sound for me. It was rumored that the beach boys used to hang with the Manson's so those associations started making there way into the plot. Immediately, the most interesting thing to me was to portray those 60's pitch perfect beach fantasies and then slowly turn them into horror. I was excited thinking about the how the chorus could shift from pleasant melodic high tones that put you at ease and then transform into a disturbing type of horrified screams.
I'm a big fan of contrast in film and the art of leading the audience into something they might not otherwise be ready for. Directors like Hitchcock and Polanski that start out like romantic comedies or sweet dramas and turn into carnage and chaos in such a graceful way. The art of leading an audience into an enjoyable minefield. It was a bit challenging to do it with a song just over 2 min. I think it was a great excerzise for learning how to communicate a message with an economy of scenes. For the band sequences with STRFKR I watched a lot of old Ed Sullivan Beatles footage and Monkeys show re-runs. To me the bands appear to be a bit under pressure, hot, and harassed. So I wanted to give a feeling of heat and tension building up into a surreal moment of terror connecting the idea of calm in the midst of horror. Not unlike Hitchcock and Polanski scenes.
It's funny, I toured with the band on this album for a week. You get to a venue...unpack, do sound check, and wait. Wait to be heard...kind of an eerie feeling...but it's also a rush. Guess I was kind of tapping into the idea of the heat of the stage lights on those that are in front of us who are onlookers.