After a long Friday night, Saturday got off to a lethargic start as I stumbled around, my hangover baking in the 80 degree plus heat. After catching a little of Seattle bands The Head and the Heart and the Redwood Plan, I made my way over to Neumos to see Beach Fossils, one of the bands I was most excited about seeing. Their self-titled debut, released earlier this year, is perfect summer music, full of reverberating layered surf guitar lines to go along with frontman Dustin Payseur lazy, moaning vocals. Their music is sometimes simple but simple is catchy, and its wallowing washed-out vibe is great for the summertime slacker.
Neumos was by far the most packed I had seen it when I arrived and it took some squeezing and shuffling just to get inside. On stage, the Brooklyn quartet was extremely young and full of energy, the guitarists bouncing all over the stage. And their relatively simple and cymbal-less drum lines allowed for their drummer to stand up as he plays, which was interesting to see. He was bouncing as well. After only a few songs including “Vacation” and “Twelve Roses” Payseur said they only had one more to play because their guitarist (Sennott Burke) had quit the band in the middle of the tour and they were using a fill in. They played “Daydream” and as the song was ending Payseur violently ripped all of his guitar strings out. Shortly thereafter the song ended and the guitarists all of a sudden raised their instruments above their head and smashed them on the stage, perhaps out of frustration that Burke had deserted them mid-tour and they were only able to fill a little more than half their time slot. Nevertheless, the show was good, the band was energetic, and they played the best few songs off their album, just not much else. And on top of that they gave us a good old fashion interment smashing, which you don’t see very often.
Playing the rest of the day and into the night will be Avi Buffalo, Blitzen Trapper, !!!, and Atmosphere, which should all be good shows (Blonde Redhead canceled). !!! especially should bring the block down if their performance on the Main Stage comes anything close to they way they rocked the Bean Room next to Caffe Vita. Front man Nic Offer changed the lyrics of AM/FM to “KE/XP ... 90. 3 FM” and climbed up to the top of the wall of stacked burlap sacks of coffee beans in a fit of dancing energy.