THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
When you see a band that’s known for slower more moody music you never quite know what to expect. That being said, years ago ago I saw Beach House and they were nothing but good so I was pretty excited to see this set. Actually I’m sorry, I have no idea why I put that first sentence there. Anyway..
The show, which took place this past Friday night at the Civic Theatre here in New Orleans was another step in the current direction they been going as their popularity continues to rise. To start off the night the sold out crowd was treated to opening act Flock of Dimes. This one lady act featuring guitars and keyboards was a decent opener for the brooding BH, but one big complaint i had was that the music, and especially the vocals sounded way too much like Beach House lead Victoria Legrand. I know it can happen sometimes, but seriously it took me out of the enjoyment because i couldn’t figure out why they would do something like that. I come to see shows sometimes because I wanna experience something different than the main act, and Flock of Dimes provided nearly none of that sadly. That being said, she did have decent energy.
Thankfully, the main attraction was up next. Beach House enters the sold out hall with blackened lights and for a band that is known for textured, deep slower music, they kinda rocked. Obviously certain songs brought more energy than others, but it was a great all around show. With the added fanbase the band can afford to have a more elaborate show, and while they didn’t spare any expense, it was a solid light show. Backdrops glowed and presented stars, while the three box screens on the stage changed colors and showed projections. For a theatre show it was very convincing and energetic.
Musically, some highlights of the night were “Levitation” which opens their new and very good record “Depression Cherry,” while older gems like Walk in the Park” and “Myth” got the crowd into something they had spent significant time with. I’m not sure where the band goes next, but having transitioned comfortably from a two piece only two albums ago to a full fledged band, they seem to have a good idea of what the next few years of the band will look like. Hopefuly the albums stay as consistently good as they have been. Thanks for reading.
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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