I WAS THERE | BEACH HOUSE – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE, 10.2.16
Dream pop heavyweights Beach House treated fans to two sideshows at 170 Russell while in the country for Laneway Festival. Captivating audiences for 12 years, the band had an impressive 2015 releasing not one but two albums, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars.
Following a tight set from jumpsuit clad supports Smoke Bellow that featured spoken word and a string section finale, Beach House arrived on stage lit up by minimal, but effective lighting. Lead singer Victoria Legrand quickly had audiences swooning with her powerful vocals and stage presence. Although Beach House is considered by many to be a duo consisting of Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally, the attention rarely shifted from the Legrand who was almost impossible to look away from.
Thankfully the sound at 170 Russell did an incredible job of capturing the intricacies of each song, making them come to life in an entirely new way. Depression Cherry highlights ‘Levitation’ and ‘PPP’ got an early airing in the set, with older tracks like the incredible ‘Silver Soul’ sounding better than ever. ‘Myth’ has always been a song instantly associated with the band and was eagerly received by the crowd.
Legrand addressed the crowd on behalf the band a few times, complaining about a spotlight she noticed in the crowd and requesting it be turned off in order to “build angst”. The venue despite being close to 1000 in capacity felt surprisingly intimate with Beach House, with the near darkness creating a fitting vibe for the brooding band. Occasionally a sea of small fairy lights would be lit on the backdrop of the stage creating the perfect ambiance.
Closing the set with ‘Sparks’, the band left the stage as inconspicuously as they arrived. Beach House managed to put together a setlist that captured the best of their last four albums, putting on a show special not just for the music but also the atmosphere.
By Holly Pereira / @pseudoholly
Photo By Stephanie Kyriacou