Beach Fossils is a Brooklyn-based group, formed in early 2009 by Dustin Payseur. After signing to Captured Tracks, the band straightaway went on an extensive tour across the United States, playing an incredible amount of shows and, in so doing, gained quite a devoted fan base nationally.
In May of 2009, their debut LP, Beach Fossils, gained favorable reviews and the band became known for their jangly, single note guitar style, dusted with summer-fueled romance.
As the heavy touring schedule progressed, the band became scattered with many line-up changes, including twelve different drummers and three guitarists. In between tours, Payseur decided to expand beyond solo recordings and collaborate with bassist John Peña (and label-mate Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing on the song “Out in the Way”) for the EP, What a Pleasure, which was released in March of 2011.
Payseur takes influence from music, poetry, art and philosophers (Don Cherry, Ravi Shankar, Rumi, Lao-Tzu and Jean Cocteau), having an equal and crucial impact on his work. Beach Fossils is busy recording their sophomore LP, which is due for release in 2012. Steady members of the band have actively formed their own groups, guitarist Cole Smith with DIVE and John Peña with Heavenly Beat. Both of which have recently signed to Captured Tracks.
- Beach Fossils (2010, Captured Tracks label)
- What a Pleasure EP (2011, Captured Tracks label)
- Daydream 7″ (Captured Tracks label)
- Time 7″ (2010, Woodsist label)
- Plastic Flowers (2011, on Record Store Day, The Wake (band) cover on “Gruesome Flowers: A Tribute to the Wake”, Captured Tracks label)
- Face It/Distance (2011, Captured Tracks label)
- Shallow/Lessons 7″ (2012, Captured Tracks label)