Jason Mackaway

distinctly different

A House of Sand and Swell

Beach House took to the stage at the Forum theatre Friday March 8 supported by an impossibly hard to find band named Elizabeth. If anyone has any information on how to find Elizabeth or their music I implore you to let me know; as countless attempts and online searches have proven fruitless.

Between the acts the strangest yet somehow most fitting background music for a band named Beach House was played - surf music. At first it was super odd and felt out of place but there was a poetic irony to it that I couldn’t help but love. I definitely have a personal bias seeing as I low-key love surf music but it was fun to listen to while waiting for the main act, and it left more of an impression on me than any other incidental music between acts.

Now to the main point of this post. Plain and simple; Beach House were amazing! Their music was a literal wall of sound and with every drum hit or struck bass note the sound would wash over me, rattling my bones, pounding my chest - giving me that oh so sweet physical reaction to the sound. Not only was the show physically stimulating but the light show was so embedded and entwined with the music that they were basically the same entity. The lights flickered and changed as the music changed and progressed; different colours and patterns, interacting in a way I’ve never seen before.


Beach House is not the sort of music I listen to regularly, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy their music, but my point is their live performance was one of the best I’ve been to recently. Visually they were astounding and the way they recreated their sound live was very impressive. I hope they make it back to Australia sometime soon as I would, without a doubt, attend their show again.