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Dream pop has gained immense popularity in recent times and a lot of groups have started to produce music influenced by this genre. Beach House is one of those bands who appeared onto the scene in 2004. Composed of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, the duo specializes in making dark and hypnotic songs driven by meaningful lyrics that one can easily relate to. This is precisely what makes them so special and can also be counted as one of the reasons why their music is so famous.
Beach House is accustomed to selling out arenas and has been invited to play music at late-night talk shows including, ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’ The band has now shared plans to tour soon. So, get your Beach House tickets if you want to watch them captivate you with their dreamlike performances live.
An Instant Connection
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of the Beach House were born in Paris and Baltimore in 1981 and 1982 respectively. The two met after graduation and were instantly connected thanks to their similar taste in music. This led to them forming a new band in 2004. Legrand and Scally soon noticed that they can work better as a duo and decided to remain as a two-piece band. In an interview with Pitchfork, Legrand stated,
“It's a way to challenge ourselves: What do you do when it's just the two of you. One of the reasons this has been such a fulfilling experience for me is that with two people, it's so much easier to achieve things that feel exciting and new."
Beach House began their journey by signing a recording contract with Carpark Records. On October 3, 2006, the group released their debut self-titled studio effort to great response from the critics. It was included by Pitchfork in its list of the ‘Top 50 Albums of 2006’ and received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic. The record also consisted of nine songs out of which, Master of None featured in the German-American drama film, ‘The Future’ and also used in the eponymous Netflix show.
Reaching for the Skies
The duo then started recording their next studio project in 2007 and came out with ‘Devotion’ on February 26, 2008. It became a hit and the band’s first record to enter the Billboard 200 chart. In addition, the record got the critics raving as it not only made the Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums’ but also received four and a half out of five stars from Slant Magazine.
The following year, Beach House performed the cover of Queen’s song, Play the Game which was included in Red Hot Organization’s compilation record, ‘Dark Was The Night.’ The group also took the stage at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, in the same year. Moreover, Victoria Legrand collaborated with the indie rock band, Grizzly Bear on a song, Slow Life which appeared in the film, ‘Twilight: New Moon.’
On January 26, 2010, Beach House’s third studio album, ‘Teen Dream’ was released. This record landed at the sixth spot on the Top Alternative Albums and exemplified how skilful they are at producing catchy music. It made it to the NME’s list of the ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ and was ranked at the fifth spot on the list of the ‘Top 10 Albums of 2010’ by Billboard. Plus, the record offered three singles, Used to Be, Norway and Zebra out of which the former was praised by popular publications like the American Songwriter, Now Magazine and Sputnikmusic.
Taking Over the World
Beach House then took a couple of years off from recording new material and toured in support of ‘Teen Dream.’ After ending the road trip, the duo started to pen down songs for their fourth studio album, ‘Bloom’ and on May 15, 2012, it hit the shelves. The record helped them in expanding their fan base beyond North America and became their highest charting studio effort to date as it climbed the seventh spot on the Billboard 200.
After laying low for three years, the band churned out its fifth studio LP, ‘Depression Cherry.’ It consisted of nine tracks and received 76/100 rating from Metacritic. The record charted in every part of the world and was supported by a single, Sparks. Beach House later dropped its second album of the year, ‘Thank You Lucky Stars’ on October 16th. The record was met with favorable reviews from the critics and contained uplifting songs like, All Your Yeahs, Common Girl, The Traveller, Rough Song and She’s So Lovely.
Beach House Tour Tickets
In 2016, the duo, Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand thought of hitting the road once again to promote their double albums. Apart from playing their explosive shows in major cities, they were also seen entertaining the fans in big festivals like, Coachella, Pickathon, FYF Fest and Eaux Claires Music Festival. A year later, Beach House spawned their debut compilation record, ‘B-Sides and Rarities.’ The record was packed with fourteen brilliantly crafted songs and peaked at the twenty seventh spot on the Top Rock Albums. In addition, it was approved by the critics as the record received four stars out of five from AllMusic and Daily Express each.
Beach House is now scheduled to set out on tour again. The band will be playing all of their hits live, so grab your Beach House tour tickets from here and enjoy their live music.