Beings Talk New Posthumous Single and the Potential for Future Releases (Spoiler: It's Slim)

Meaty post-punk trio Beings was a South Florida rock crew that transcended the micro-genres -- hardcore, No Wave, metal, shoegaze, rock 'n' roll -- that influenced its high-energy, pogo-friendly anthems.

When Beings broke up unexpectedly back in May, the punks, metalheads, and art-damaged fans were all shocked. But percussionist and visual artist Beatriz Monteavaro was quick to unleash her latest musical project, Holly Hunt.

Monteavaro was the original drummer for seminal stoner-sludge band, Floor, and she invokes -- alongside partner and fellow visual artist Gavin Perry -- that same legacy of brutality with her new two-piece drone metal project.

Former Beings members Mike Alen and Ivan Marchena, meanwhile, have been keeping a notably lower profile. So on the heels of releasing a posthumous Beings seven-inch single, "Social Creep," on Discosoma Records, Crossfade shot Alen and Marchena some questions about the new record and the potential for future releases from this short-lived, much-loved band.

Crossfade: Were these songs recorded along with the material that was on Beings' full-length album?

Ivan: These songs were written right after we finished recording the first album. We fleshed them out on tour with Torche and then recorded them a week or so after getting back.

Do these songs stand distinct from the rest of your catalog? Or are they all a part of the same larger suite of music?

Ivan: They were written with the momentum from the first batch of songs. We recorded the songs with a seven-inch release in mind. We wrote a few more songs after that set, but we didn't get around to recording them beyond what we have on practice MP3s.

Mike: It's a document of a different stage for us. We got to play out a lot before this recording and had time to rework some of the songs. "Crowd Clones" ended up becoming a different version live than it is on the record.

Are there more Beings records to be released at a future date?

Ivan: I don't think so. This is going to be our final release for now.

Mike: This is all we have recorded.

What are you up to musically then?

Mike: I want to write a follow up to the Foreign Bodies record, and Ivan and I hope to do something soon.

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Beings' Social Creep EP listening party, presented by Discosoma Records. Friday, December 9. Lester's, 2519 NW Second Ave., Wynwood. Group sampling of the new single commences at 9 p.m. and will last until midnight. There's no cover. Call 305-456-1784 or visit lestersmiami.com.

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