All the way from Melbourne, Australia comes the Retro Rock/90s Grunge Pop music of self-producing, one-man band Ivan Beecroft. Much of Beecroft’s musical career is heavily inspired by his working class background and social consciousness of the limitations and struggles of such a life, cynically portraying darker themes with his upbeat, simple melodies. Music, to him, is a solace from that day-to-day reality.
Beecroft’s deep, baritone vocals and retro rock/pop style draw influence from Jim Morrison, Eddie Vedder, Glenn Miller Band, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Duane Eddy, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Church, Soundgarden, Paul Kelly, INXS, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Icehouse.
Over time, Beecroft himself has shown incredible versatility in music, beginning with flute—featured in some of his songs, such as “Summer Serenade” and “Free,” to this flute-playing listener’s delight— before moving on to saxophone, drums, and guitar with various bands. More recently, he has tried his hand at writing and producing his own material, inspired by the independent Do-It-Yourself ethos of underground 70s UK bands such as Sex Pistols, Joy Division, and The Clash.
Having released his first full-length album, Dirty Lie, in 2016, Beecroft is gearing up for the release of his second album, Restless Soul, with his single “Believe,” a song looking into the bittersweet reality of relationships during difficult parts of life. The somewhat melancholic theme of the track is juxtaposed by the upbeat yet lackadaisical style of the bopping beat and reaching vocals. You can give “Believe” and all of Ivan Beecroft’s tunes a listen at his Soundcloud and on his YouTube channel, linked below.