Today, Beach Fossils share new single/video “Run to the Moon” from their anticipated new album Bunny, out June 2nd on Bayonet. Pairing dreamy production with concise songwriting, the heartfelt song captures Dustin Payseur’s transition from being terrified by the idea of parenthood to the overwhelming joy of the birth of his daughter. The track processes this colossal shift about “having absolute freedom, the fear of losing it, but then tapping into myself in a way that felt more real,” as described by Payseur. The accompanying video, self-directed by Payseur with cinematography and colour from Luke Atlas, is a humorous expression of genuine friendship the members of Beach Fossils — Tommy Davidson (guitar), Jack Doyle Smith (bass), and Anton Hochheim (drums) — share with each other.
From poignant words about a family member’s cancer battle to small, but meaningful moments with friends, Bunny is the band’s most vivid, grounded and personal work to date. The songs reflect on depression, love, adventure, loss, mistakes, New York City, friendships coming and going — a mélange of granular pieces in the process of continuing to find yourself. Payseur’s collage-like lyrics communicate through tone and mood as much as narrative; New York poets like Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan, and Anne Waldman were on his desk, as was the Tao Te Ching.
Bunny continues the stunning evolution of Beach Fossils’ sound, pulling elements from the jangly melancholy of What a Pleasure EP (2011), the gritty, post-punk inspired tracks from Clash the Truth (2013), and the lush arrangements of Somersault (2017). Inspired by the psych-pop of early Verve and Spiritualized albums and perennial influences like The Cure, Wire, The Byrds, and The Velvet Underground, Bunny was produced and recorded by Payseur himself, with Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Soccer Mommy, Lil Peep) mixing. Payseur remarks that in creating this album, a bigger emphasis was made for stronger attunement to pop structure. “When I wrote the first record, there were no choruses; it was instrumental guitar parts in between verses. This is the first record where I’ve consciously thought about writing a chorus.”
Beach Fossils are currently on tour in Australia this month and returning to the states for their first U.S. show of 2023 in June. A full list of dates is below with more to be announced soon.
Beach Fossils Tour Dates
Wed. Apr. 26 – Sydney, AUS @ Oxford Art Factory
Sat. Apr. 29 – Moore Park, AUS @ Hordern Pavillion ^
Sun. Apr. 30 – Brisbane, AUS @ Riverstage ^
Sat. June 24 – Asheville, NC @ Burial Beer’s Forestry Camp*
^ w/ Modest Mouse, Slowdive, and more
* w/ Zola Jesus, Black Marble, and Automatic