Beach Fossils and Ablebody wrap their summer tour at The Casbah in San Diego

Thursday night was opener – Ablebody’s last night on Beach Fossils’ 2017 West Coast Tour, which began early this July. Their tour ended at The Casbah, local dive bar near San Diego’s International Airport and Harborview area. The Casbah equip with colorful string lights, out of order Galaga and Donkey Kong machines, pool table and bar, provided a great place for locals and fans to come together. Though small and quaint, the venue had a friendly, intimate atmosphere, that seemed fitting for the ending of the band’s tour.

ABLEBODY

The Los Angeles based duo, Ablebody, is comprised of twin brothers Christoph (lead singer/ guitar/vox) and Anton (keys/drums/vox) Hochheim. Prior to the development of Ablebody, both brothers were a part of other bands and projects. It wasn’t until 2013 that they released their first EP titled, ‘All My Everybody,’ under the Ablebody name. They released their first full length album, ‘Adult Contemporaries,’ October of 2016.

Ablebody brought solid energy, a good time and good vibes to their final show of the tour. As their set continued they drew in more and more people, who couldn’t help but sway and vibe with their melodic tunes. Their 60s/70s soft, indie pop sound served as a nice compliment to that of Beach Fossils’ sound, and created a lovely mood that fit the San Diego summer night.

Brother Anton (keys) had “double duty,” as brother Christoph mentioned. Anton also ended up drumming for Beach Fossils’, who played right after – with an additional late show at 11:30pm.

BEACH FOSSILS
Indie band, Beach Fossils is comprised of Dustin Payseur (lead vocals/guitar), Jack Doyle Smith (bass), and Tommy Davidson (guitar/keys). The band hails from Brooklyn, New York, and formed back in 2009. Since then, Beach Fossils have released one EP and three albums. This including their recently released record, ‘Somersault,’ which came out June 2nd of this year.

Right from the start it was clear that the crowd was ready for Beach Fossils first set. Fans were pressed up to the front of the stage, almost hugging the speakers. As the band’s set progressed, the crowd went from a mellow sway to a hyped jump fest – especially during their song ‘Crashed Out.’ “You guys are just starting to get rowdy… should’ve been this hyped since the beginning! Hope you guys bring this much energy to the late show!” said front man Dustin.

It was interesting to see the crowd’s attitude during Beach Fossils live performance, considering their music is so atmospheric, mellow and raw. It’s understandable how bands want to see an impressive reaction from their fans, but sometimes that reaction can be a bit harder to come by. Though the band seemed a little disappointed towards the end of their set, their performance was spot on, and was definitely worth more excitement than most people were expressing. Some crowds just take a bit longer to warm up than others. “One more song!” was chanted quite a while after the last song.

Beach Fossils played a bit of everything, from songs on their first EP to their most recent record. It was nice to just vibe and listen to the guys play while perusing the venue floor for some exciting shots. It was great seeing fans having a good time with drinks in hand. It was also heartwarming to see the band smiling and having fun on stage. It’s a great feeling when you get to witness one of your favorite bands doing their thing, and having a great time doing it. Those are the moments that make concerts in general so enjoyable, at least for me anyway. Those are the moments that make it all worth it… the stress of the crowd, and the pressures of trying to get a good shot. If the band is having a good time, it’s hard not to have a good time yourself.

Summery San Diego seemed like the perfect place for Beach Fossils to strut their stuff and play their hearts out. The intimacy of The Casbah mixed with the salty, sweet scents of summer in the air, seemed like a match made in heaven. After a year in Brooklyn it’s interesting to be back home to California, watching local bands from there perform here and sound like they were made for this place. From the Big Apple to the City of Stars, Beach Fossils fit right in. Perfectly… almost too perfect.

After the show while waiting outside the venue for my Uber, I overheard some locals and most likely fans of Beach Fossils say, “Wow… nights like these man. This is what life is all about.” All I could do was smile and agree. Beach Fossils were amazing, and in that moment life for me and many others was too.

If you get the chance to see Beach Fossils live, I would definitely take that chance and run with it. GO! DO IT! GO SEE THEM! Beach Fossils begin their European tour mid-August, and return to the U.S for more shows starting October. You can view future tour dates here: http://www.beachfossils.com/

SET LIST
Shallow
Youth
This Year
Saint Ivy
Moments/What A Pleasure
Sugar
Be Nothing
Down The Line
Careless
Sleep Apnea
Calyer
Closer Everywhere
Crashed Out
Day Dream

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Beach Fossils and Ablebody wrap their summer tour at The Casbah in San Diego

Thursday night was opener – Ablebody’s last night on Beach Fossils’ 2017 West Coast Tour, which began early this July. Their tour ended at The Casbah, local dive bar near San Diego’s International Airport and Harborview area. The Casbah equip with colorful string lights, out of order Galaga and Donkey Kong machines, pool table and bar, provided a great place for locals and fans to come together. Though small and quaint, the venue had a friendly, intimate atmosphere, that seemed fitting for the ending of the band’s tour.

ABLEBODY

The Los Angeles based duo, Ablebody, is comprised of twin brothers Christoph (lead singer/ guitar/vox) and Anton (keys/drums/vox) Hochheim. Prior to the development of Ablebody, both brothers were a part of other bands and projects. It wasn’t until 2013 that they released their first EP titled, ‘All My Everybody,’ under the Ablebody name. They released their first full length album, ‘Adult Contemporaries,’ October of 2016.

Ablebody brought solid energy, a good time and good vibes to their final show of the tour. As their set continued they drew in more and more people, who couldn’t help but sway and vibe with their melodic tunes. Their 60s/70s soft, indie pop sound served as a nice compliment to that of Beach Fossils’ sound, and created a lovely mood that fit the San Diego summer night.

Brother Anton (keys) had “double duty,” as brother Christoph mentioned. Anton also ended up drumming for Beach Fossils’, who played right after – with an additional late show at 11:30pm.

BEACH FOSSILS
Indie band, Beach Fossils is comprised of Dustin Payseur (lead vocals/guitar), Jack Doyle Smith (bass), and Tommy Davidson (guitar/keys). The band hails from Brooklyn, New York, and formed back in 2009. Since then, Beach Fossils have released one EP and three albums. This including their recently released record, ‘Somersault,’ which came out June 2nd of this year.

Right from the start it was clear that the crowd was ready for Beach Fossils first set. Fans were pressed up to the front of the stage, almost hugging the speakers. As the band’s set progressed, the crowd went from a mellow sway to a hyped jump fest – especially during their song ‘Crashed Out.’ “You guys are just starting to get rowdy… should’ve been this hyped since the beginning! Hope you guys bring this much energy to the late show!” said front man Dustin.

It was interesting to see the crowd’s attitude during Beach Fossils live performance, considering their music is so atmospheric, mellow and raw. It’s understandable how bands want to see an impressive reaction from their fans, but sometimes that reaction can be a bit harder to come by. Though the band seemed a little disappointed towards the end of their set, their performance was spot on, and was definitely worth more excitement than most people were expressing. Some crowds just take a bit longer to warm up than others. “One more song!” was chanted quite a while after the last song.

Beach Fossils played a bit of everything, from songs on their first EP to their most recent record. It was nice to just vibe and listen to the guys play while perusing the venue floor for some exciting shots. It was great seeing fans having a good time with drinks in hand. It was also heartwarming to see the band smiling and having fun on stage. It’s a great feeling when you get to witness one of your favorite bands doing their thing, and having a great time doing it. Those are the moments that make concerts in general so enjoyable, at least for me anyway. Those are the moments that make it all worth it… the stress of the crowd, and the pressures of trying to get a good shot. If the band is having a good time, it’s hard not to have a good time yourself.

Summery San Diego seemed like the perfect place for Beach Fossils to strut their stuff and play their hearts out. The intimacy of The Casbah mixed with the salty, sweet scents of summer in the air, seemed like a match made in heaven. After a year in Brooklyn it’s interesting to be back home to California, watching local bands from there perform here and sound like they were made for this place. From the Big Apple to the City of Stars, Beach Fossils fit right in. Perfectly… almost too perfect.

After the show while waiting outside the venue for my Uber, I overheard some locals and most likely fans of Beach Fossils say, “Wow… nights like these man. This is what life is all about.” All I could do was smile and agree. Beach Fossils were amazing, and in that moment life for me and many others was too.

If you get the chance to see Beach Fossils live, I would definitely take that chance and run with it. GO! DO IT! GO SEE THEM! Beach Fossils begin their European tour mid-August, and return to the U.S for more shows starting October. You can view future tour dates here: http://www.beachfossils.com/

SET LIST
Shallow
Youth
This Year
Saint Ivy
Moments/What A Pleasure
Sugar
Be Nothing
Down The Line
Careless
Sleep Apnea
Calyer
Closer Everywhere
Crashed Out
Day Dream

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