Beach Fossils Take Over Texas
Written and Photographed by: Mica Kendall
Since their last album, Clash The Truth, Brooklyn based band, Beach Fossils, has not stepped foot in Texas since their last tour in 2015. Within the 2 year time gap after touring, Beach Fossils released their fourth album Somersault. Somersault not only represents a sense of progressive growth from the band’s fundamental sound in Clash The Truth but also hosts some of Payseur’s most evocative, emotionally driven lyrics yet. Thus, the highly acclaimed success of Somersault has not only earned the band millions of streams per song on the album but also an influx of fans yearning to hear Somersault live. This wish was granted last month for Texan fans when Beach Fossils announced their 5 day Texas tour kicking off in Austin at the Mohawk.
Frontman Dustin Payseur, bassist Jack Doyles, guitarist Tommy Davidson, and drummer Anton Hochheim’s arrival on stage was greeted by a sold out crowd filled with an atmospheric vibe of excitement and anticipation. Beach Fossils kicked off the show with the hit, “Generational Synthetic,” from their Clash The Truth album, and the surprises to the setlist did not stop there. The 13 song setlist consisted of a balanced distribution of fan favorite songs deriving from all four albums.
Songs like “Shallow,” “This Year,” “Calyer,” and the build up towards the end of “Be Nothing” stirred up a vivacious mosh pit, and many stretched out limbs crowd surfing in pure bliss throughout the entire show. The consistent energy emulated from the crowd was fueled by Beach Fossils’ infectious live instrumentals. Displayed in the upbeat woodwind percussion instrumentals in “Saint Ivy” or through Payseur and Davidson shredding their guitars in crescendo in “Careless,” the crowd fed off the band’s energy, while ignoring the 100 degree Texas heat.
However, the chaotic moshing ceased for one song only towards the end of the set,the band’s most popular song, “Sleep Apnea.” During the breather for the Beach Fossils classic, moshing was replaced with swaying and a few iphone flashlights shining throughout the pit and balcony. Payseur’s soft therapeutic voice accompanied by Davidson’s steady guitar playing emitted a sense of serenity and a feel for getting lost in the moment. Especially, in the heavy cathartic lyrics prevalent in “Sleep Apnea” it felt like one’s headspace could forget the weight of the outside world and focus in on the euphoria that is live music.
Thankfully, before the happiness could come to an end Beach Fossils granted the crowd a 3 song encore. Beginning with the melodic track, “Sugar,” showcasing Doyle’s bass solo before the second to last chorus, to “Clash Truth” where the audience chanted back Payseur’s declarative remarks from “Peace/Piss/Shine/Proof,” to lastly finishing off the set with “May 1st” with the sound of the crowd singing back the sweet harmonic “Aahh’s” in unison that audibly spread throughout the night air.
In essence, Beach Fossils’ hour and a half set could be described as a transcendental, sonical experience where afterwards one feels self reflective on the power and appreciation of live music. The sense of complacent ease while standing in the midst of a wild Beach Fossils mosh pit is a rare feeling that you probably wouldn’t find in a Death Grips crowd. Thus, the 3 year wait for Beach Fossils to return back to Texas was highly worth the wait, by granting fans the pleasure of listening to a new album as masterfully composed as Somersault.
Beach Fossils has toured the country twice since fall of 2017 for Somersault. The band plans to work on new music for their potential *verbally confirmed* tour this upcoming fall. Seeing how Somersault turned out one can only expect Beach Fossils new music that may be showcased this fall to be nothing short of perfection.