Beecher (band)

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Origin Manchester, England
Genres Mathcore, metalcore, dark ambient
Years active2001–2006, 2010-2011
Labels Earache Records
Calculated Risk Records
In at the Deep End Records
Past members David Hopkinson
Charles Edward Godby
Mark Lyons
Daniel Shaw
Daniel Jones
Daniel Plant
Will Shaw

Beecher were a Mathcore band from Manchester, England. Formed in 2001 by Daniel Plant (guitars), Ed Godby (vocals), Mark Lyons (guitars) Will Shaw (drums) and David Hopkinson (bass), they play a mix of metalcore, noise rock and progressive metal.



They toured the UK and Europe with Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean and Darkest Hour. The original intent was for the band to be a doom metal experiment, but the recruitment of vocalist Charles Edward Godby, and guitarist Mark Lyons, made a full band line-up.

After the recording of a five track demo CD, the band released the Resention Is a Big Word in a Small Town EP for Nottingham based In at the Deep End Records in 2002. [1] This was followed by the album Breaking The Fourth Wall in 2003 on Calculated Risk Records. [2] Soon after this release, Daniel Plant left the band, temporarily being replaced by Niall Wright of D-Rail but was eventually replaced by Daniel Shaw. Will Shaw left the band later, with Daniel Jones eventually being chosen as his replacement . After much critical acclaim, and a lot of touring, the band signed with Earache Records in 2004. Earache re-released Breaking The Fourth Wall in 2005 with six bonus tracks. [3] 2005 also saw the release of Beecher's second full-length album This Elegy, His Autopsy. [4] This album, as well as being released as a standard CD, was also released as a limited edition vinyl box-set (limited to 1000 copies.)

The band's breakup was announced in January 2006, [5] and the final show was at the Star and Garter in Manchester on 2 February 2006, playing alongside Narcosis and D-Rail. Beecher played two sets: one with their original drummer made up of earlier songs (including a rare airing of "The Only One I Know"), and one with his replacement where This Elegy, His Autopsy was performed in full. David Hopkinson and Ed Godby played in The Freezing Fog; Daniel Jones currently plays drums in the progressive instrumental band, Day For Airstrikes. Godby later emigrated to Belgium where he started his band Castles. Daniel Shaw currently plays in his new band Under The Horns.

The band briefly reformed during December 2010-June 2011, for a one off Ten year anniversary show at Manchester's Moho Live with support from Trojan Horse and Nasdaq. Two more shows were announced for Leeds and London. However, after they finished the planned shows in late June 2011 they announced they were no plans to make the reunion permanent.


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  1. 1 2 3 Resention Is a Big Word in a Small Town, overview, Allmusic. Accessed on line 14-II-2008.
  2. 1 2 Beecher, Loudside. Accessed on line 14-II-2008.
  3. 1 2 Breaking The Fourth Wall, overview, Allmusic. Accessed on line 14-II-2008.
  4. 1 2 This Elegy, His Autopsy, overview, Allmusic. Accessed on line 14-II-2008.
  5. Metal File: If Hope Dies, Beecher, Zakk Wylde & More In This Week's Hard News, Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn, MTV News, 12 January 2006.