Four Day Beard’s music is brooding and dynamic indie rock with post-punk, shoegaze, psychedelic and experimental elements.
Four Day Beard’s second album, Somnium, released on April 1, 2020 with Vinyl, CD and Digital Distribution. Somnium is a follow up to their 2016 debut self-titled album.
Somnium is a nocturnal dreamscape of overdriven swirling guitars juxtaposed with soft, sweet and sometimes smokey deep vocals. With a penchant for catchy hooks and melodies, Four Day Beard delivers these unlikely elements in a collection of surprisingly accessible tunes.
“Somnium represents a new chapter for us in many ways. While it isn’t a complete departure from our last album, the sound has definitely evolved, covering new sonic territory. Our new lineup is solid and we’ve settled in nicely as a three piece.” – Joe Schwab
I grew up on ’90’s indie rock … like Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and Yo La Tengo… I felt like I was transported back to my teenage years. There is a slight nostalgia factor here I have to take into account but I think these songs are very accessible, catchy, well written and well produced. – Divide & Conquer
“Chasing Birds”, the first single from the album, is a brooding requiem of connection, love and mortality, while “Living in a daydream” is a psychedelic ode to the magic of music and songwriting. “Calm Black Water” is a rumination of unrelenting wakefulness which features haunting violins and beautiful backing vocals by renowned singer and songwriter, Jolie Holland.*
- Prelude (0:27)
- Chasing Birds (4:45) – Download | Apple Music | Amazon Music | Spotify»
- Stuck (3:04)
- Let It Go (2:40)
- Lost at Sea (5:05)
- Living in a Daydream (4:24) – Download | Apple Music | Amazon Music | Spotify»
- Ready For Nothing (2:58)
- Hiding in Plain Sight (2:59)
- Calm Black Water (3:34) * ft. Jolie Holland – Download | Apple Music» | Amazon Music» | Spotify»
- Reprise (1:46)
Four Day Beard’s first album has also been featured in ads for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, independent music podcasts, streaming online radio stations as well as traditional college and independent FM stations across the country.
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Awards & Recognitions
2016 NEW TIMES MUSIC AWARD
“Feels Like I Might Disintegrate”, the second track from Four Day Beard’s debut self titled album, earned second place in The 2016, 6th Annual New Times Music Awards “Open” Category. The New Times Music Awards, based in San Luis Obispo, CA, is the premier music award in California’s central coast.
Press & Reviews
“I grew up on ’90’s indie rock … like Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and Yo La Tengo… Suffice it to say although we are far in the future now in 2020 I felt like I was transported back to my teenage years. There is a slight nostalgia factor here I have to take into account but I think these songs are very accessible, catchy, well written and well produced.” – Divide & Conquer
“…Unusual instrumentation, forlorn lyrics, and striking but unobtrusive melodies are immediately attractive—which is sort of amazing for a band clearly operating well outside the mainstream.” and “Very interesting sounds indeed.” – The New Time’s SLO
“Sounds like Beck… like something off Odelay,” and “I fucking love that about it” – Is This Thing On? Independent Music Podcast
“Feels like I Might Disintegrate, revolves around warm organ, percussion, guitar and bass. It’s another exceptional song all around. Take a dash of Sparklehorse and The Flaming Lips and you might get an idea of what this song sounds like. ” – Matt Jensen / Divide and Conquer Music
Joe Schwab started recording and producing music as Four Day Beard in 2011. Four Day Beard began as an outlet for thoughts and feelings during a particularly difficult time of isolation, alienation and maybe a bit of culture shock after relocating from Southern California to a small rural town in the Southern Midwest.
Schwab wrote and recorded Four Day Beard’s debut eponymous album in a modest spare-bedroom studio while living in Murphysboro, Illinois; Knoxville, TN and San Luis Obispo, CA. Remotely collaborating with a few friends, the songs emerged with melancholy experimental aesthetics and accessible Rock and Americana elements.
Past Live Performances
1/18/20 – The Raconteur Room – Atascadero, CA
8/02/19 – The Raconteur Room – Atascadero, CA
6/20/19 – A Satellite of Love – San Luis Obispo, CA
6/08/19 – Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars – Paso Robles, CA
5/24/19 – The Garage – Ventura, CA
5/23/19 – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA
3/15/19 – Bristol Cider House – Atascadero, CA
3/02/19 – Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars – Paso Robles, CA
11/11/17 – Frog & Peach Pub – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/09/17 – Tent City Beer Company – Atascadero, CA
10/01/16 – Barrelhouse Brewing Co. – Paso Robles, CA
9/29/16 – The Frog and Peach – San Luis Obispo, CA
9/24/16 – Tent City Brewing Company – Atascadero, CA
9/09/16 – SLO Donut Company – San Luis Obispo, CA
7/30/16 – Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
7/22/16 – Tent City Beer Company – Atascadero, CA
6/17/16 – Camozzi’s Saloon (closed) – Atascadero, CA
5/21/16 – Live In-Store at Boo Boo Records – San Luis Obispo, CA