By Luke In Motion
We ventured down to Soda Bar last night to catch Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, and Writer. I was most excited about Craft Spells as this was their first time playing in San Diego and their first tour with this lineup. Watching this band grow over the internet from a one man bedroom project to a four piece touring band has been great, they’re so young (see photos below) and are on track for much bigger things. They had a great energy to their set that apexed with Party Talk that got everyone moving.
Justin Vallesteros is the man behind Craft Spells. Here he is hastily putting together their set list.
I told you these guys were young. Craft Spells’ bassist Jack Doyle Smith (left) and drummer Peter Michel rapping out with our friend Ginny after drinking Arizona Iced Teas.
The biggest and most rewarding surprise of the night was with opening band Writer who are a San Diego duo comprised of brothers Andy and James Ralph. For two people they have a big sound thanks to their ability to play multiple instruments at once. Some of the sound reminded me of Woods. Though it’s hard to have a crazy stage presence with two people, the energy they put out in every note and strike of the drum grabs you. After the set I talked to Andy and purchased their Miss Mermaid 7″. He’s a very talented musician, artist, and all around good guy who was very appreciative and thankful for everyone coming out.
Beach Fossils was also good as expected and played a healthy balance of songs from their Self-Titled album and their What A Pleasure EP.
I was fortunate to pick up Idle Labor as a hand numbered limited edition copy on blue marbled vinyl from Captured Tracks which may be sold out now, but you can still pick up the standard edition which is equally awesome to the ears.
1. For the Ages
2. Scandinavian Crush
3. The Fog Rose High
4. Party Talk
5. From the Morning Heat
6. After the Moment
8. Given the Time
9. Your Tomb
10. You Should Close the Door
11. Beauty Above All
RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2011.
Official video for After the Moment:
See them on tour next week on the west coast with label mates Beach Fossils and Writer:
Sun 05/01/11 Club Congress Tucson AZ
Mon 05/02/11 Soda Bar San Diego CA
Tue 05/03/11 Echo Los Angeles CA
Wed 05/04/11 The Cellar Door Visalia CA
Thu 05/05/11 Slims San Francisco CA
Sat 05/07/11 Chop Suey Seattle WA
Beach Fossils – Will you be my Valentine? Yet another Captured Tracks related post, Brooklyn based lo-fi rock act Beach Fossils have returned with their forthcoming EP, ‘What A Pleasure.’ Beach Fossils is the creation of Dustin Payseur and is a four-piece touring act. They lay down some vividly dreamy beach pop full of fuzzy guitars and easy going lyrics. It’s hard to have a care about anything else but the present listening to these melodies.
Following the band’s self-titled debut full-length from last year, ‘What A Pleasure’ hits stores on March 8, but it’s already been leaked. “Out In The Way” even features special guest labelmate Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing on the track. Download ‘What A Pleasure’ and buy the 12″ from Captured Tracks.
After you’ve fallen in love, keep the beachy, dreamy lust going with their self-titled album for download here.