July 11, 2012
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.More »