Posted in music | pictures on May 16, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Beach House at Bowery Ballroom (photo from Ed Droste's Instagram)
Beach House Ed Droste Instagram

Beach House released their terrific new full length, Bloom, yesterday (5/15) and played what is now considered an intimate show for the band at Bowery Ballroom the same night. They walked out around 10:15, dimly lit by purple lights, clouded by fog, and took their places in front of four striped wooden backdrops. They opened with "Wild" off of the new album, accompanied by shooting spotlights, which calmed down when Victoria's vocals came in, going completely dark except for a sole light which shined directly over her.

Though the show was something of a release show for Bloom, the band mixed up their setlist really well, going back and forth between Bloom and Teen Dream cuts in their 17-song set, which also included a couple off Devotion, and "Equal Mind," the b-side to the RSD "Lazuli" 7". Beach House, who have been doing the dream pop revival since a bit before everyone was doing the dream pop revival thing, have really got the aesthetics down perfectly at their live shows.

The visual elements of their show evoke a dream-like state just as well as the music they're playing on stage -- whether its starlike lights on the backdrop, the rising fog over a single color light flooding the stage, or the slow moving propellers that existed behind those striped wooden backdrops. And save for a few energetic moments, the band remain eerily still as all of this happens around them, as if unaffected by all of it, which gives them as strong a stage presence as guitar-thrashing rockers.

After a couple Teen Dream cuts, the band went into "Other People," the strongest track on their virtually flawless new album. Like many Beach House songs, it starts out floaty and deceptively simple, but after the pause that introduces the polychromatic chorus, all of Bowery Ballroom was swaying with the song's rhythm and chord shifts. Hearing the Bloom material live for the first time was by far the most exciting part of the show, but still, the opening arpeggios of Teen Dream's "Zebra" brought the loudest cheers from the crowd of the entire night. They followed that song with another Bloom standout, "Wishes," which fittingly saw those propellers slowly spinning again during the "wishes on a wheel" refrain.

Their pre-encore set wrapped up with Bloom's lead track, "Myth," and the band briefly left the stage before returning for Devotion's "Turtle Island." They followed that with "10 Mile Stereo," which picked up into the heaviest drumming of the show surrounded by flashing strobes. Before leaving the stage for good, Beach House ended with Bloom closer "Irene," ringing out with the repeated, "It's a strange paradise."

Beach House will return to NYC for their sold out Summerstage show on 7/23.

Setlist and some Instagrams from the show below...

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Victoria LeGrand backstage at Bowery (pic by @edroste)

Beach House (by Andrew Sacher)

Beach House Setlist:
Wild
Walk in the Park
Norway
Other People
Lazuli
Gila
Equal Mind
The Hours
Silver Soul
New Year
Zebra
Wishes
Take Care
Myth

Encore:
Turtle Island
10 Mile Stereo
Irene

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Comments (65)

Awesome Pics!

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:00 PM

Great photos.... psyche

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:01 PM

are your photogs even trying anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:03 PM

Where are the photos of the line of people with fake tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:09 PM

Shes lucky to be alive........sleeve monster must have been full

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:13 PM

This show was great. New songs sounded good - they are still finding their stride on a few tracks, but once they warmed up, it was a kickass Beach House show, like always.

Great to see them in a smaller place, even though they can pull off a great show in a larger venue. This was a real treat.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:13 PM

12:13 fuck you

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:14 PM

"This is the quietest 'Sold Out' crowd I've ever seen. It's probably all you Press people out there, taking up space." Beach House guitarist Alex Scally


Buuuuuurn.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:15 PM

No "master of none" or "apple orchard"? No thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:18 PM

Cool thanks for the photos. I didn't get a chance to look at the 900 of them my douchebag friends posted on Instagram last night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:20 PM

""This is the quietest 'Sold Out' crowd I've ever seen. It's probably all you Press people out there, taking up space." Beach House guitarist Alex Scally

It's Beach House. Fun was expected there?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:25 PM

What is Instagram?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:28 PM

VL plastic surgery nightmare!

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:29 PM

When I am at my Beach House I put on my AC!

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:35 PM

Glad they ditched the triangle set design.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:38 PM

Wait until Dulli brings the sturm und drang to BB in a week. This shit will evaporate from memories like their "thin waifish melodies"

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:39 PM

12:35..comment of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:40 PM

crowd was actually horrible - acted like it was some kind of m83 show - tons of gross couples making out/talking whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:44 PM

wow 12:14, if i didn't know better i'd think you were victoria legrande herself, but even she knows that shirt is an unbelievably stupid fashion statement.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:47 PM

Crowd was good for the most on the balcony
Band sounded great
The new songs are very good, with the exception of the false start on Myth they recovered well

These pics suck
BV needs to get the guy in the soundbooth who had the hella long lens to post his pics
but he was probably shooting for P4K

No chance ill be going to summerstage, nothign can top this show in terms of intimacy and performance

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 12:57 PM

Where was NYCTaper when we needed him?
Did anyone tape this show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:01 PM

12:47 wants to be inside Victoria's head, whereas I would like to be inside other parts of her ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:04 PM

12:20, sounds like someone has a case of fomo.

The crowd was definitely kind of weird. The balcony wasn't bad, but the floor was (like someone mentioned) couples making out and dumb girls talking.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:07 PM

that bitch got man hands and some fucked up looking head

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:11 PM

lol I taped the whole show from the front with my iphone y'all jealous

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:15 PM

She will have the perfect cougar voice in several years

http://www.hulu.com/watch/57940/saturday-night-live-cougar-den

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:29 PM

it is kind of funny with shows like this -- most people who make it in are press... you have to wonder what the point is when fans can't make it in. no one cares about rolling stone's review of this kind of show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:31 PM

There were plenty of "fans" there. And the crowd, while speckled with indie music luminaries and Aziz Ansari, was the same as at any other show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:42 PM

kinda boring

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:43 PM

@131 i'd say 10% tops are press.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 1:53 PM

These pictures are really god awful, BV. I would like to volunteer my services. I'll actually try, and you can just pay me by giving me the guestlist spot to whatever show I'm reviewing/shooting.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:03 PM

If the ugly loser who cut the merch line and pushed his way in front of us to get the last glow in the dark record reads this: I am going to kill you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:06 PM

These pictures look like those vacation pictures where your uncle didn't want to get too close to the bear, so they're all shaky and out of focus but you can discern the outline of a bear in the distance

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:06 PM

^ that's cute. You think contributors get paid any other way?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:07 PM

P4K had a professional photographer there shooting from the balcony
check their FB page and photos which are 1000x better
BV didn't "sponsor" this show like fiona apple hence they had to take their pic of the shitty instagrams that were geotagged

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:14 PM

"tons of gross couples making out"


What do you expect when you have a bunch of trendy bearded losers trying to live the 80's San Fransisco gay bathhouse cause they weren't born yet at the time?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:31 PM

I think that it's cute that Bowery Ballroom supports these upstart bands. We all need support when we're trying to find out sea legs in this big world.

In 7 days, however, the joint is going to crumble under the heaviness of this fully matured, rough 6:00 in the morning type shit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C26BI1kJdkk

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:40 PM

^ and if that doesn't do it, this one will!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcgGQVpyD14

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:49 PM

If this was done on hipstermatic I am fucking surprised. You paid someone to take these horrible pics? Do better next time BV.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 2:51 PM

It cracks me up that no one realizes the photographer is from Grizzly Bear (huh--makes 2:06's comment even better!). It also cracks me up that Ed Droste couldn't do any better, even using lo-fi technology.

Posted by MB | May 16, 2012 3:00 PM

Dirty wolf black beach eyes

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 3:40 PM

ugh

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 4:09 PM

TURTLE ISLAND??!?!?!?!? AWHHHHHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 4:28 PM

pretty sure everyone realizes the photographer is from grizzly bear. so fucking what?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 4:51 PM

What a bunch of pissy losers commenting here. The show was amazing. Beach House, please come back to Georgia.

Posted by Chris Rowe | May 16, 2012 5:03 PM

hang on. the guitarist of the band is pissed that this small new york show was mostly for press, and pissed that press got most of the tickets? what a fucking toolshed (not surprising, of course). the band comp'd the tickets to the press for publicity and released a small amount of tickets for whomever else just to get to capacity.

seriously that's one of the most fucked up things i've ever heard from someone in a band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 5:17 PM

u guys are idiots. andrew is a writer, not a photographer. and i dont think anyone gets paid.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 5:26 PM

no one is ragging on ed droste's pics.

andrew's pics are pretty god awful. it doesn't take any skill to snap a decent picture with instagram or hipstamatic (hell, that's half the reason most non-users dislike instagram; a 13-year-old braindead blonde can make her cat look like a fucking chagall)

you just need to try. like press your finger on the middle of your iphone screen to focus the shot. or elevate your phone another half foot so your lens/shot is actually above the people blocking your view. just put in some effort.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2012 6:45 PM

afghan whig's : good guitar, but nothing more than a latecomer to the grunge scene.

beach house: no Used To Be?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:52 AM

LOL "afghan whig's"
You do realize that if you can't even spell the band's name correctly then your uninformed disparaging comments are summarily dismissed?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 9:20 AM

They were better in Paris.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 10:36 AM

"andrew is a writer, not a photographer." Really? Is he also in the 6th grade?

"Though the show was something of a release show for Bloom, the band mixed up their setlist really well, going back and forth between Bloom and Teen Dream cuts in their 17-song set, which also included a couple off Devotion, and "Equal Mind," the b-side to the RSD "Lazuli" 7"."

Now that's what I call a sentence!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 10:50 AM

Well 10:36, you'll always have Paris. As for New York Fucking City, we have the Afghan Fucking Whigs coming in less than a week to rain down awesome on us.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 11:01 AM

aziz ansari really has no rhythm. and he was on his phone half the time like an asshole. no love for amex sellouts. come to think of it maybe thats how he got the tickets. one of the most amazing shows ive ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 11:11 AM

If I see Aziz at the Afghan Whigs show I'm gonna slip him a roofie and drive him to Appalachia (after the show, of course) and leave him there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 11:39 AM

Yeah Aziz is a tool!!! Not funny! Sooooo not funny! He really was on the phone half the time as were almost everyone else. Beach House were quite good but I cant wait to see them when the audience is not INDUSTRY D BAGS!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 2:31 PM

eric wareheim of tim and eric was there too. lounging like jaba the hut, having chronies bring him weed and drinks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 2:36 PM

Instagram photos > real bv photos. ?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:43 PM

There are actual photos here.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:53 PM

Today, just as I was about to release a cage full of rats into Whole Foods to scare all the local, sustainable, organic, rent-raising saviors of this city – I saw Ethan the lolly-pop shaped, Pringle man impersonating, barista academy graduate asking people how to get to the nearest Apple store so he can stand there and pull up art blogs on the floor model Macs for all to see how cultured he is. So I tied him to a stop sign with his head phones and repeatedly bitch slapped him across his inbred face for the rest of the afternoon as a bunch of real New Yorkers watched and sang No Sleep Til Brooklyn. End of story.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 4:02 PM

afghan whigs : this years pavement, with far less anticipation

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 5:51 PM

slow clap for 4:02pm #m17

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2012 12:50 PM

This’s a really awesome article. I would like to appreciate your work, Thanks for sharing!

Posted by miniclip | September 2, 2012 8:51 PM

beach house is a great band.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 7:17 PM

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