The last time I saw Beach Fossils was at the now extinct Market Hotel during a cold January night in 2010. The setting was much more appropriate for Beach Fossils at Brooklyn’s 285 Kent, where the humidity was beyond boiling levels.
I got there just in time to catch Puro Instinct, who were fantastic to watch. The female fronted band was very generous with the lovely melodies that were sneakily very catchy. I’m definitely going to have to check out their full length debut, Headbangers In Ecstasy. One song that truly stood out was the lovely “Stilyagi” which apparently features an appearance from Ariel Pink.
Beach Fossils sounded stronger then last time, which I was certainly hoping for. The band was tighter, effortlessly smashing out all the best cuts of their catalog. The band’s live records are perfectly fine, but there’s no denying that this band has a different intensity live. There’s a sharpness in the bands step that you can call aggressive, but it’s more so that they let it all hang out and make sure that everyone has fun. Front-man Dustin Payseur constantly urged the crowd to move around. He stayed true to his word by jumping into the crowd rocking out in the middle of the crowd on numerous occasions.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not familiar with the bands material, the band knows how to put on a show, and keep you entertained. They’re a young band but they know how to get the job done.
If you haven’t heard the bands new EP, What A Pleasure. Get on that.