LIVE REVIEW: The Beach Fossils @ the Rickshaw Stop 7/26/2010
I made sure to get to the Rickshaw Stop early so I wouldn’t miss opening act The Beach Fossils from Brooklyn. I wasn’t alone either. Probably a combination of college kids being home for the summer and that the band is getting big, the place was packed by 8:30.
Although, summer in SF is hardly summer-y in terms of weather, the Beach Fossils dark and dreamy surf sound was perfect. The Bass heavy lo-fi groove of “Daydream” had the audience bobbing their heads. Their set was tight and felt too short. The mood stayed the same but the tempo shifted and the crowd stayed interested. It was good to hear front man Dustin Payseur’s voice live without the reverb that sounds so cool on the record; it was like listening to a different texture added to the songs.
The band jammed a bit and sounded amazing doing so, even though they just replaced their guitarist. Payseur played to the crowd saying, “We love you. We’re happy to be here in one of the coolest cities in the world.” Like their music, it’s not the most original sounding sentiment, but damned if it doesn’t sound good.