Dream-pop band, Beach House played a quasi-hometown, but nonetheless special show at the 9:30 Club last Wednesday. The Baltimore-duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, joined by drummer, Dan Franz, brought the silhouettes, the beautiful, glimmering lights to set the mood for a very sold-out DC crowd on a Wednesday night in October.
Opening with “Wild” from their latest record, Bloom released back in May and going straight through into “Walk In The Park” and “Norway” from their much celebrated last record, Teen Dream. It’s refreshing to see a band live play a well-rounded set, some old and some new and Beach House did just that, playing an 18-song set. Shy, yet active in hand-gestures and hairflips during the set, Legrand stays genuinely humble as she speaks to the crowd, telling us that the 9:30 Club is one of their most favorite places to play and thanking us throughout the show for making the night a special one for them.
The feelings were reciprocated as the crowd were vocal in their excitement as each song would start and the realization would set in the minds of each person that they were playing this specific song next, resulting in fan singalongs all night. It’s special when you, as a member of the crowd, can feel from a band’s set. Whether it were the lights, the glimmering stars during “Norway” or “10-Mile Stereo” or just the general feeling that this home-bred band was genuine in their happiness to be playing in front of this crowd, there was no place you’d rather be. I know there wasn’t for me.
It’s great to see this band grow and see the amount of love reciprocated by their fans. It’s well-deserved.