Beach Fossils slide to the Tralf tonight
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • February 28, 2013 @ 1:16pm
Consequence of Sound music writer Paula Mejia used the phrase “breezy aesthetic” to describe Beach Fossils’ music, and it’s hard to argue with her.
While the Brooklyn indie band may be unfairly deemed “post-punk”—or maybe the traditional meaning of punk has been distorted to a wild degree—Beach Fossils produces an upbeat, carefree sound that’s gentle on the ears but not soothing enough to bore.
The band’s cast has changed regularly since rising from Brooklyn in 2009, but frontman Dustin Payseur has been the stable force from the beginning—even as drummers and guitarists came and went. The four-piece’s debut studio album, “Beach Fossils,” earned a stellar 7.8 rating on Pitchfork, but the indie rockers’ second album, “Clash the Truth,” wasn’t received quite as favorably by the media giants.
Here’s a tidy tidbit from Mejia’s piece:
Clash the Truth notably brings drums out of the background, an element previously untapped in any of Beach Fossils’ catalog. Coupled with the jangles and spurts, drums further tighten the band’s tones that lie somewhere in between psychedelic fuzz and twee pop. The thrusts of “Generation Synthetic”, a subtle jab at corporations trying to score with independent band efforts, see Gardner’s heady percussion handsomely complement Payseur’s hums and strums.
Even though Mohawk Place has met its demise, that doesn’t mean quality indie rock will no longer peek its head in Buffalo. Give Beach Fossils a try tonight at the Tralf.