Back to the Barge: Indie-Rock Alum Returns with Beecher’s Fault

On Saturday, April 2, the Barge Canal Coffee Company’s Saturday Night Music Series was a blast from the past – well, partially. For several years, Earthman Embassy was a wel­come staple at every Colgate event that involved music (did the profes­sors in DangerBoy graduate, too?). This week, lead singer and guitar­ist Ben Taylor ’10 came back to the Barge with his new, post-Colgate band, Beecher’s Fault.

Beecher’s Fault is a self-described “Indie/Pop/Rock” band based in New York City. In addition to Taylor on vocals, acoustic guitar and electric guitar, the band consists of vocalist and keyboardist Ken Lamken and drummer Eric Levine.

The band seemed very comfortable in their own shoes. Lamken and Taylor walked onstage with what appeared to be bottles of apple juice, rather than water, and explained that Levine was still in the bathroom. Lamken yelled into the microphone for him to hurry up. Lamken went on to spell out the band’s name for the audience, and offered to impart this knowledge several more times over the course of the show.

Later on, Lamken and Taylor recounted how they had snuck Lam­ken into the Jug using Taylor’s old VIP card, as Lamken tried to grasp what the Jug or a “‘Gate Card Hall Pass” were.

Beecher’s Fault’s set incorporated songs from their self-titled album including “Fine By Me,” “Leftover People” and “Liars.” The refrain of “Liars” is, “All the people that tell you about true love are liars, are liars, they just lie.” Once the song ended, Taylor said, “We don’t mean it!”

The performance also included covers of “Girl in the War” by Josh Ritter and “We Used to Vacation” by Cold War Kids. Before the lat­ter cover, Lamken warned, “If you don’t like loud stuff, don’t be scared.” Beecher’s Fault later played a song called “Wall Street” that was not recommended for finance ma­jors, and a song on acoustic guitar and upright piano.

Toward the end of the show, Earthman Embassy drummer se­nior Tommy Crocker joined the band on harmonies for an Earth­man Embassy song, “Backbone.” Everyone seemed a bit rusty on this particular number, but Taylor and Crocker clearly continue to enjoy performing together.

The drums started out pain­fully loud and Taylor’s microphone never quite reached an easily audible volume, but technical mishaps were the only obvious is­sues of the performance. Earthman Embassy was distinguished by its pristine four-part harmonies. Taylor has carried this skill into Beecher’s Fault; Taylor and Lamken seemed to synchronize their voices effortlessly.

The group clearly had won over the audience, as old friends and Earthman Embassy fans, younger students and burgeoning Beecher’s Fault fans filtered through the Barge. As if to prove this point, a group of girls found themselves less and less able to keep from giggling at the musicians before them as the show went on. In some ways, it was like Taylor had never left. After their last song, he said, “We gotta hit the Jug, see you guys later.”