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Beach Fossils

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  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Recent Activity: 04.24.15 ♫ Just Announced: Richmond, VA - May 18 at Strange Matter http://t.co/6Oc5WzCh2f
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All Music Guide:

Beach Fossils, a band whose reverb-slicked indie pop compares favorably to acts like Surfer Blood, Best Coast, and the Drums, formed in 2009 as a vehicle for the solo recordings of Dustin Payseur. Bassist John Pena and guitarist Christopher Burke were brought into Beach Fossils' lineup later that year, after Payseur had single-handedly put together the recordings that would comprise the group's first album. Beach Fossils' debut 7" single, Daydream/Desert Sand, was released on Captured Tracks in February 2010; their self-titled album was released on the same label later that year. Pena and Payseur worked together on the group's next release, 2011's What a Pleasure EP, before Pena left to focus on his own group Heavenly Beat. The next Beach Fossils album featured drummer Tommy Gardner and production from the Men's Ben Greenberg. Clash the Truth was issued in early 2013 on Captured Tracks.


Beach Fossils is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2009. The group currently includes Dustin Payseur, Tommy Gardner, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. They are known for their lo-fi, atmospheric sound and Payseur's vocal style.

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Formed in 2009, the act was originally a means to expand the solo project of Dustin Payseur, whose full name is James Dustin Payseur. That same year, bassist John Peña and guitarist Christopher Burke were recruited, followed by Zachary Cole Smith on drums. Their debut single, Daydream/Desert Sand was released in February 2010 on Captured Tracks. In May 2010, their self-titled debut album was released, and met with favorable reviews.

The following years saw a number of changes to their lineup. In 2010 Christopher Burke left the band, followed by John Peña in 2011, who was replaced by Jack Doyle Smith. Peña formed Heavenly Beat, and Cole Smith left for his solo project, DIIV. Tommy Gardner stepped in as the drummer and Tommy Davidson joined on guitar to complete their current lineup. Clash the Truth was released in early 2013, peaking at number 40 on the Independent Albums chart.

^ Cite error: The named reference bbcmusic was invoked but never defined (see the help page).^ Sendra, Tim. "Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils". allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2013. ^ Cosores, Philip. "Beach Fossils: Clash the Truth". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2013. ^ Brelhan, Tom. "Beach Fossils – "Careless"". Stereogum. Retrieved 7 July 2013. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Beach Fossils: Clash the Truth". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 July 2013. ^ "BEACH FOSSILS". Elastic Artists. Retrieved 7 July 2013. ^ "Beach Fossils". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
05.14.15 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC US
05.16.15 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC US
05.19.15 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA US
06.12.15 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY US

eMusic Features


Who Are…DIIV

By Laura Studarus, Contributor

Clad in an oversized knit sweater, his bleach-blond hair pointing at a half-dozen different angles, DIIV frontman Z. Cole Smith prefaces our chat with a disclaimer: He never expected the band to go anywhere. And yet, on the cusp of releasing their debut Oshin, DIIV (changed from DIVE out of respect for the 1990s Belgian industrial band of the same name) has already surpassed Smith's modest expectations —which didn't extend far past hanging out with… more »


Label Profile: Captured Tracks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

File Under: Ragged, guitar-based indie pop; jangle-'n'-reverb forever! Flagship Acts: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, the Fresh & Onlys, the Girls At Dawn Based In: Brooklyn, New York When I first meet Mike Sniper, he's drinking Patron Silver at an Oyster Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From any other record executive, the scene would be typical to the point of almost seeming mundane. But Sniper is the founder of the tiny, ragged Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks, a label that prizes… more »

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  • 04.24.15 ♫ Just Announced: Richmond, VA - May 18 at Strange Matter http://t.co/6Oc5WzCh2f
  • 04.24.15 ♫ Just Announced: Philadelphia, PA - May 19 at The Boot & Saddle http://t.co/G5Ht2L759Q
  • 04.24.15 ♫ Just Announced: Washington, DC - May 14 at Rock & Roll Hotel http://t.co/4roDppR5AW
  • 04.24.15 RT @CLTmusicnews: Do you have your tickets to @reverbfestCLT yet? May 16th at @NTheatre! http://t.co/bbPCVY7EcQ #clt http://t.co/3j9az9leLS
  • 04.23.15 RT @BootAndSaddle: *Just Announced* Tues., 5/19 @beachfossils *On Sale Now* Kind of last minute! Gettin the word out! http://t.co/tHoP0QRVRb
  • 04.22.15 Made another mix for all of you! Random Goodies pt. 2 http://t.co/rvfTJRjHtZ
  • 04.21.15 Made a 3.5 hr mix of random songs. Jazz, electronic, punk, rap, folk, psych, classical, world. Play this on shuffle! http://t.co/fTCct7FR1P
  • 04.17.15 Some upcoming shows http://t.co/3qzIkE3Zg5
  • 04.03.15 6/12 @RoughTradeNYC. @bayonetrecs + @NorthsideFest. Beach Fossils, @frankiecosmos, @JerryPaperREAL & @actualwarehouse http://t.co/4Y4hsJwh54
  • 03.31.15 RT @brooklynmag: Night of Joy presents @capturedtracks Wed night DJ series ft. @gravesmeredith & @dustinpayseur http://t.co/3AI8NfTQlk http…
  • 03.31.15 RT @bayonetrecs: Nice lil cameo by @dustinpayseur in @AlexCalder1989's interview with @coupleskaterecs #dice #awkwardsmoochin : https://t.…
  • 03.31.15 ♫ Just Announced: Brooklyn, NY - Jun 12 at Rough Trade NYC (Bayonet Records + Northside showcase) http://t.co/o5lCEGhSr9