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Beach Fossils at Brooklyn Steel (October 28, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, November 28th 2017

On the weekend before Halloween, Brooklyn’s own Beach Fossils returned back to NYC for a hometown show that turned into one of the best shows and outright parties, of the year. They’ve been out on the road for months in support of their fantastic album Somersault which was released earlier this year (via Bayonet Records) and we were excited they were coming back to NYC again (we caught them this summer at House Of Vans) to play Brooklyn Steel.  Since this show was so close to Halloween, it ended up being one big costume party with both band members and fans dressed up in full on costumes, which was absolutely amazing.  Along for the ride and opening up the night was Los Angeles’ band Raener and Baltimore’s Snail Mail.
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On July 18 New Jersey indie-rock legends The Feelies performed a free show at Central Park as a part of the Summerstage series. The show was opened by Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils, who are due to release their new album very soon.

It was interesting to see the age gap between the two fans, as many younger fans hung around until after Beach Fossils finished performing, and then a large majority of the crowd skewed older for The Feelies set.

Find both bands setlists posted below, along with photos from both performances.
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Beach Fossils @ Bowery Ballroom (February 23, 2012)

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2013

Beach Fossils | Bowery Ballroom | 2.23.13

The last time I saw Beach Fossils was at 285 Kent in the summer of 2011. It ruled. I was with some good friends and had an absolute blast rocking out with the Brooklyn boys. At the time, the band featured Zachary Cole Smith (frontman of DIIV) and John Peña (Heavenly Beat) in the lineup. Those guys have now moved on to those projects, leaving Beach Fossils with an alternative lineup.

I remember their live show featuring the songs played at a blitzkrieg like speed with a punk edge that left the crowd going wild. This was not really found tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

The band was making their first NYC headlining show in a year or so to celebrate the release of their new album Clash The Truth. Maybe with all these factors at play I was unfairly expecting too much.The band wasn’t the same. They started out relatively strong, but had me lost during the middle duration of the set, lacking the energy and punch that made them so enjoyable before. Their sound wasn’t nearly as tight, which made me realize how much losing Smith & Peña affected the band.

Save for the finishing touch of “Daydream”, I left Delancey Street with an underwhelming performance, a drastic change from the euphoric night I spent with the Brooklyn boys in the summer of 2011.

Beach Fossils have announced that their new album is called Clash The Truth, and it will come out February 19 via Captured Tracks.

“Careless” does sound like Beach Fossils, but only in certain ways. The multiple guitars don’t have that call and response jangly nature that they used to, rather they’re more distorted and playing a different game. Still very dreamy, but the fast paced sound is more reflective of their someone hectic live shows.

Grab a mp3 below and find the tracklist below. They are playing with Blonde Redhead at Irving Plaza on New Year’s Eve, which makes sense since Kazu Makino is featured on one of the album’s tracks.

[mp3]: Beach Fossils – Careless
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[new]: Beach Fossils – Lessons

By Will Oliver, February 10th 2012

Last week we got the new Beach Fossils single “Lessons”, this week they graced us with b-side “Lessons”. If you’re a fan of Beach Fossils, you’re going to be really pleased with the way it turned out.

The bridge features some deliciously lush guitars that are as dreamy and hazy as you can ask for from Beach Fossils. The song packs quite a punch, and it’s available for free download.

Check it below, and be sure to buy the single from Captured Tracks.

[mp3]: Beach Fossils – Lessons

[new]: Beach Fossils – Shallow

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2012

Beach Fossils are hard at work on their 2nd LP, and one of the results of that work that they have decided to release as a separate single.

When asked about the single by Spin (who premiered the song), Dustin told them:

Indie rock has been so safe for so long. People have been playing this pretty music that’s quiet and melodic and while there’s beauty in that, in making this album I’ve just ended up wanting to rebel against myself and make something really noisy.

“Shallow” is still very much a Beach Fossils song, just a bit more fuzzier around the edges. There’s still plenty of that memorable jangly guitar in there. The single is due February 21 via Captured Tracks, and will feature b-side “Lessons”.

Download “Shallow” below.

[mp3]: Beach Fossils – Shallow

Beach Fossils @ 285 Kent (July 2, 2011)

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2011 — with 2 comments

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.

[mp3]: Beach Fossils – Face It
[mp3]: Puro Instinct – Stilyagi

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Puro Instinct:
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[music video] Beach Fossils – Adversity

By Will Oliver, July 1st 2011 — with 2 comments

Realized I never shared Beach Fossils’ “Adversity” music video. My buddy Ian Perlman directed it, so I should have been on my game for this. Sorry, Ian! It’s a great music video. It surely captures the mood of the song. Check it out below:

Beach Fossils – “Adversity” (Official Music Video) from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.

The band is playing a show at 285 Kent tomorrow. See you there!

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