Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing will be performing at Mohawk on Thursday, October 14 with doors opening at 8 pm to the public. This show is for all ages with tickets being able to be purchased on 6/25 for $30.
The indie-pop band Beach Fossils formed in 2009 as a vehicle for the reverb-heavy solo recordings of guitarist/vocalist Dustin Payseur. Bassist John Pena and guitarist Christopher Burke were brought into Beach Fossils’ lineup later that year after Payseur had single-handedly put together the recordings that would comprise the group’s first album. Beach Fossils’ debut 7″ single, Daydream/Desert Sand, was released on Captured Tracks in February 2010; their self-titled album was released on the same label later that year. Pena and Payseur worked together on the group’s next release, 2011’s What a Pleasure EP, before Pena left to focus on his own group Heavenly Beat. The next Beach Fossils album featured drummer Tommy Gardner and production from the Men’s Ben Greenberg. Clash the Truth was issued in early 2013 on Captured Tracks.
After taking a break, during which the band appeared on the HBO show Vinyl as members of the early-’70s “punk” band “the Nasty Bits,” the group began working on a new album. This time out, Payseur involved the other members of the band in the writing process, with both bassist Jack Doyle Smith and guitarist Tommy Davidson contributing ideas. The record was made in various locales in New York City and Los Angeles, including engineer Jonathan Rado’s home studio and a cabin in Upstate New York, and featured guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and Cities Aviv. Somersault was released in early 2017 on Bayonet Records, a label Payseur started with his wife Kate Garcia.
Wild Nothing is the name Jack Tatum, formerly of Jack and the Whale and Facepaint, uses for his musical endeavors, which began as shimmery, synth-washed indie-pop in the summer of 2009. Starting with an early batch of demos that included a glimmering cover of Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting,” Tatum embarked on a career devoted to pairing his tender melodies with soft, echoing musical backing and his whisper-intimate vocals. After a couple of albums and EPs spent honing this template to near perfection — especially on 2012’s Nocturne — Tatum branched out into a more mature and well-produced version of the sound on 2016’s Life of Pause and slick ’80s territory on 2018’s Indigo.
Beach Fossils & Wild Nothing ft Hannah Jadagu
Thursday, October 14
Doors: 8 pm
912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
Purchase tickets here (on 6/25)
More information here