After Passion Pit’s energetic show on Tuesday (review to follow), I was back at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday for Beach House.
Poor Moon opened the show. The band is a side projects of Fleet Foxes bassist Christian Wargo and keyboardist Casey Wescott. It wasn’t offensive by any stretch, but it was largely forgettable stuff. The only thing that I really remember is that they had a xylophone player and that amused me. They also occasionally busted out more obscure instruments like a washboard.
I was a little nervous for Beach House’s set. They are so mellow and I was still riding the emotional high of Passion Pit that I was nervous the concert would be too calm. I found the intensity of their live show pleasantly surprising. The band does a good job of complementing their mellow music with intense and dramatic lighting. I’ve seen cool lighting effects before, but aside from A Perfect Circle, this lighting had the biggest impact on a club show that I’ve seen. It really took it up a level.
Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand were precise throughout the show. They were joined by touring drummer Daniel Franz. The set was very heavy on Bloom tracks (nine songs in all) with five Teen Dream tracks thrown in as well. Only a few older tracks like “Turtle Island” and “Astronaut” made the cut. “Lazuli” was an early highlight. The set really started to pick up toward the end with “Zebra,” “Wishes,” “Take Care,” and “Myth” lumped together. They ended their three song encore with Bloom’s “Irene.”
It was my least favorite show of the week (behind Passion Pit and Ben Kweller) but it was still a lot of fun.