Beach House at the Pageant, 7/11/12: Review, Setlist and Photos

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Jason Stoff
Beach House
July 11, 2012
The Pageant

Let's start with some Bonnie Tyler: "Once upon a time there was light in my life; now there's only love in the dark." And like a perfect stranger in the night, through smoke and warm silhouettes, Beach House crept into the hearts of St. Louis concertgoers last night at the Pageant. Simultaneously offering light in turn with darkness, the Baltimore band packed the house with a set mostly comprising songs from its latest Sub Pop release, Bloom.

The band took the stage promptly at 9:15 p.m., and the eager crowd erupted in cheers as Victoria Legrand, Alex Scally, and their current live drummer propelled into the gallant stride of "Wild," the second track off of Bloom. Known for creating simple yet effective stage shows, Beach House was able to bring its dreamworld of nostalgia and innocence to the audience. Basking beneath artificial stars, the band performed silhouetted against a backdrop of slatted boxes encasing fans and lights, creating an appropriate visual equivalent to its ethereal pop tunes.

This is Beach House's fourth St. Louis show, and it has found its footing in the medium-sized venue. Last time, it was at the Chaifetz Arena, and two times prior it was the Billiken Club. The band's songs remain too intimate for arena venues yet are too booming for the latter. As its sound has evolved from lackadaisical Casiotone-driven chamber ballads to triumphant dream pop, it makes sense that songs like "Gila" (one of the tracks played off of fan favorite Devotion) now take a backseat to the jubilant force of "10 Mile Stereo" and "Myth."

"Thank you for being with us this evening. There are a lot of people. Thank you for coming out tonight," Legrand said dryly, acknowledging the crowd only after the fifth song. Beach House isn't necessarily a band you "rock out" to, but they certainly aren't a band you awkwardly gape at either. Although the packed room seemed be out in force for the headliners, no signs from most of the audience could distinguish painful boredom from true excitement. Were they unaffected by the indie cred of a band who just released a fantastic fourth album? Were these people even enjoying the show?

"Is everybody okay? We're doing great up here!" Scally exclaimed.

Beach House is perfect. Its cascading walls of keys, heart-searing guitar and crashing percussion make for a holy trinity in the dream pop kingdom. After previous shows featuring songs mainly from 2010's Teen Dream and Devotion, it is a welcome treat to see the direction the band has taken. Sounds stronger and lyrical themes more apparent, Beach House continue to evolve, surprise and deliver.

Notes and setlist are on the next page.


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The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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8 comments
Ronaldo
Ronaldo

Extending the guitar intro to that encore until the alarm switched off was an amazing ad lib, taking about a minute I'd say.  And they say nobody jams anymore. 

microminimalist
microminimalist

I'm 90% sure that the subwoofer set off the fire alarms in the Pageant, and I'm 100% sure that was the most awesome moment I've ever seen in a pop concert. Holy wow.

Julia
Julia

great but why is there a pic of a rando couple on this review?  

Bonnie
Bonnie

Great show. One of my favorite moments was the intro they did at the very beginning of the show--it was a Jan Hammer composition from "Miami Vice" (called "Payback," I believe)! Nice touch! (Esp. since "Bloom" is clearly influenced by that certain 80s sound.) I think Bloom is their best record yet, so I was happy that the show was heavy on those songs.

boomingmusicscene
boomingmusicscene

Great great show! The light work was amazing! Came in with high expectations based on my great love for Teen Dream and to a lesser extent, Bloom...and the live show blew it out of the water!

Josh Levi
Josh Levi

You are absolutely right! Noted and changed. Thanks!

Stlhippie
Stlhippie

I don't remember "The Hours" being that early in the set.

vic06
vic06

They used "Crockett's Theme" yesterday in Memphis. I recognized it immediately because I have a soft spot for Miami Vice. http://youtu.be/_UmOY6ek_Y4

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