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This past Friday, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Beach Fossils headlined what is to be their last show in NYC for quite some time. The Brooklyn based band is gearing up to hit the road with Captured Tracks label-mates Craft Spells (originally of Stokton, California by way of Seattle), who also played the hall. It was Craft Spells second show ever, which wasn't evident by the ease that they played their danceable pop jams. Opening up the evening were minimal Brooklyn rockers Crinkles, who played to an eager yet relatively calm crowd because nearly half of the ticketholders were waiting in line for the sold-out show, but the main event was kicking off the tour of the evenings two Captured Tracks acts.
Once Craft Spells Justin Vallesteros got the crowd moving, everyone was anxiously awaiting a secret guest. There was talk of Brooklyn surf rockers The Drums opening up for Beach Fossils for weeks, so it wasn't much of a surprise, but the audience was still thrilled when they hit the stage. The Drums are a pop band whose music makes more sense live than on record, mostly due to enigmatic lead singer Jonathan Pierce, who swings his microphone around just as much as his hips. They even added a synth and keyboard player to their line-up, which set the perfect scene for a dance floor.
By the time Beach Fossils hit the stage the place was packed. By the third song, lead singer Dustin Payseur wanted to know where the mosh pit was because he was planning on diving in. So did everyone else. In between Beach Fossils swinging guitars people would jump on stage in twos or threes to dance to their hazy melodies and saturated riffs; the energy of the entire place was electric and contagious. So many kept jumping on stage that security eventually had to escort people off. Beach Fossils played a lush set with tracks from both their self-titled debut and their recently released record What A Pleasure. They took it back to their roots for their one-song encore with a thrilling performance of "Youth," which was requested by many in the audience. All in all, it was the perfect jumping point for the start of their upcoming North American tour.