Here's a previous Beach Fossils showcase for I Guess I'm Floating:
I'm also really looking forward to seeing A Place to Bury Strangers live. As their name suggests, their songs are a little darker than the summery sounds of Beach Fossils. They are more psychedelic rock, with just a hint of New Order, and evenThe Cure on songs like "I Know I'll See You." I fell in love with the psychedelic sounds of Himalaya back in December when I saw them at Pianos, and they were definitely a band best experienced live. I'm betting that A Place to Bury Strangers is the same way, and with songs like "Smile When You Smile" and "Everything Always Goes Wrong," there is even more dance potential.
All of this just sounds like a win win win situation to me. A place to get out of the frigid cold, inside the cute art space that is Glasslands, six bands for $14, and it's an anniversary party! That also means drink specials and possibly some communal treats. That'll warm you up!
Click here to check out Kelly Montgomery's review of Beach Fossils' album from a while back.
I grew up listening to the music my parents listened to. My mom gave me some of her “Golden Oldies” cassette tapes, and I could sit in my room for hours harmonizing with The Ronettes, and staring at Del Shannon, who I thought was a total stud in his tiny black and white photo on the glossy fold-out insert. I listened to Willie Nelson because my Dad admired him so much, and I wanted to understand what was so great about him too. My first concert wasn’t a huge life changer; I saw Inner Circle at a local Jambalaya festival in Central Florida. Their biggest hit was “Bad Boys,” the theme song to COPS. If anything, that concert should have traumatized me. But, at the time I had no comprehension of any crassness. I just remember the guitarist making eye contact with me and smiling, and feeling excitement over having a brief connection with someone who was making me dance.
It’s the same thing with listening to music with words in another language. It’s not necessary to understand words or literal meanings. It’s the way the melodies and rhythms evoke feeling. It’s like that saying about art, how you may not be able to explain it, but you know it when you see it. I can’t always describe music (although obviously, I sure as hell try to), but I know what I like when I feel it, and I think those who can evoke that feeling deserve to be acknowledged for it. That’s what I want to describe. That’s what I want to share.
I’ve always kind of imagined the members of Fol Chen writing songs the way scientists would conduct experiments in a laboratory, with beakers and Petri dishes and controlled explosions and all that....