Beach Fossils Bring Their Sunny Sound to Williamsburg

Last Friday I braved the rain and headed over to Bruar Falls to check out an up-and-coming Brooklyn artist Beach Fossils, the brainchild of one Dustin Payseur.


Photo by BSB

While Payseur’s Beach Fossils songs sound dreamy and spacey on tape, when the tunes are played live, they take on a new, edgier dimension. Playing to a crowd of sweaty young kids in the tiny Bruar Falls’ concert space, IMHO the modest setup added some advantages to the overall sound — Payseur was forced to sing he lyrics a little louder into the microphone, the drums sounded sharper, more thunderous (and a lot like Joy Division) and stronger, and Payseur and the band played faster, fiercer, and with a lot of energy. (The bassist was wielding his guitar back and forth so violently, some folks cautiously backed away from the stage as they walked by to go to the bathroom.)

Check out this awesome video the BSB shot at the show:


The Fossils put on a great show and I fully recommend checking them out when they swing ’round your part of the woods. See ’em now — you won’t get a chance to see them in small venues for long.

Upcoming dates:
05/01 – Ithaca, NY – WildFire Lounge
05/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl $
06/18 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs #&
06/19 – New York, NY – The Mercury Lounge #&
06/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #&
06/23 – Washington, DC – DC9 #&

& = w/ Frog Eyes
# = w/ Pearly Gate Music
$ = w/ Midnight Masses

The full-length Beach Fossils self-titled record will be released on Captured Tracks on May 25th.

Beach Fossils
Beach Fossils
(Captured Tracks)
Street date: May 25, 2010

1. Sometimes
2. Youth
3. Vacation
4. Lazy Day
5. Twelve Roses
6. Daydream
7. Golden Age
8. Window View
9. The Horse
10. Wide Awake
11. Gathering

Read more about Beach Fossils: ‘Sup Magazine, Spinner.com, Buddyhead, NY Magazine. Also check out Payseur’s other project, Peace In.

Author: laura

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