“The diary-entry nature of Bea’s songwriting… makes the fuzzy, bubblegum grunge of ‘Fake It Flowers’ a perfect brooding soundtrack” – 4*, DIY
Beabadoobee today releases her highly anticipated debut album Fake it Flowers via Dirty Hit. As one of the UK’s most exciting recent breakthrough artists, Beabadoobee has been on a stratospheric rise since the release of her first acoustic songs, crafted in her childhood bedroom. A raw, confessional album with real trauma at its heart, Fake It Flowers is by far Bea’s most mature body of work to date, taking a sonic journey that documents the delicate sounds of her early EPs all the way through to huge jangling guitar anthems that nod to her 90’s grunge heroes.
To celebrate the album’s release, this evening Beabadoobee will be playing a full band live performance of the album on Youtube. The show will be broadcast at 8:30pm UK time, tune in at YouTube.com/beabadoobee
As she always does, Bea came back to where it all started, her childhood bedroom, to write Fake It Flowers. “There’s something about the arched walls, and the weird smells, and the Tom Hanks posters, that frickin’ hits – like, as soon as I walk into my bedroom I want to write something.” She took her time there to delve into difficult parts of her history. “Mistakes I made on tour correlated to what happened when I was young,” she explains. “It was like a pattern. I went back to a really dark time.” Writing, she says, helped her through. “[Childhood] was a traumatic time. I’m still trying to get over it, with the help of therapy and with the help of people around me. It’s gonna take a while, but writing this album has helped a lot. Every song is so personal, I’m low-key fucking terrified to show it to the world.”
The album’s lead singles ‘Care’, which has since been streamed almost four million times, and ‘Sorry’, described by The Guardian as a “masterfully restrained expression of regret, eventually pushing sardonic 90s alt-rock into the sky-splitting territory” showcase Bea at her most determined and anthemic, while she tackles personal topics from teenage infidelity on ‘Worth It’ to neglected relationships on the tender ‘How Was Your Day?’. Earlier this week Beabadoobee shared ‘Together’ from the album, an unguarded song about wrestling with the need for affection and comfort but also understanding that it’s impossible to stay in the same place in time forever.
Embracing her imperfections and her mistakes, vulnerability is at the core of Fake It Flowers, a genuinely raw and unflinching record: “hopefully people will start to see that I’m learning and growing, and that this album represents that,” she adds.
Beabadoobee is set to play a run of headline shows in 2021 to celebrate the release of Fake It Flowers. The Fake It Flowers tour will take place across the UK and Ireland in September and October next year, taking in 14 dates across the country, including a hometown show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets are on sale now.
2021 UK & IE Tour Dates
Tue 07 Sep – MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz
Thu 09 Sep – LEEDS – Beckett University
Fri 10 Sep – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
Sat 11 Sep – BIRMINGHAM – O2 Institute
Mon 13 Sep – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
Tue 14 Sep – LEICESTER – O2 Academy
Thu 23 Sep – LONDON – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Fri 24 Sep – BRISTOL – SWX
Sat 25 Sep – OXFORD – O2 Academy
Tue 28 Sep – DUBLIN – The Academy
Wed 29 Sep – BELFAST – Oh Yeah Music Centre
Sat 02 Oct – NEWCASTLE – University Students Union
Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Her first track, ‘Coffee’ gathered hundreds of thousands of streams in a matter of days, through a fan-uploaded video, and has since taken on new life as a sample in Powfu’s TikTok and worldwide chart-dominating hit.
Earlier this year Bea took to the road on a UK arena tour with labelmates The 1975, including two sold out shows at London’s O2 arena. The end of 2019 also saw her tour the US with Clairo, headline the sold out Dirty Hit Tour and release her acclaimed third EP Space Cadet, the follow up 2018’s Dirty Hit debut Patched Up and her stardom cementing Loveworm. Her highly anticipated debut album Fake It Flowersis out now.
Praise for Beabadoobee
‘The spirit of Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus has regenerated itself in 2020 as a bleach-haired teenager’ – Dazed
“galaxy-class starry-eyed swoon-pop” – The Guardian
“Beabadoobee provides a score to the lives of her teenage fans… she gives ‘90s alt-rock a cinematic sheen” – The FADER
“Intimate, close confessional vocals matched with stargazy guitars… a DIY sense of rawness, unaffected by industry bullshit or concerns over streaming algorithms” – i-D
“A bedroom-wall-of-sound classic… built to echo on infinite repeat” – New Yorker