Anne Fullerton | 11 August 2010

Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils play the kind of warm, sun-drenched guitar riffs that will have you dreaming of summer and feeling nostalgic for the seaside childhood you never had. We had a chat to frontman Dustin Payseur, who wrote and recorded their debut LP in his tiny Brooklyn apartment.

Where did the band name come from?
From a collection words I’ve kept in notebooks over years. Looking at the pages and matching words up kills any writer’s block I get. I had already recorded the songs and needed a name, so decided to flip through and there you have it. It’s almost a shame I chose the word “beach” now because of all the connections to other bands and movements it brings along, but whatever will be, will be.

How did you all meet?
Through mutual friends in other bands. I had to meet musicians because I was already booking shows without a band and started asking around everywhere I could.

Career highlight?
Every day.

What part of Brooklyn do you live in?
Greenpoint. It’s beautiful, lots of trees, so mellow and close to everything.

Do you think the move from North Carolina to New York has had an impact on your work?
I’m sure it has, and probably in an intense way that I haven’t even realized yet, but I really couldn’t pinpoint how. When I first moved here I thought it was a very surreal place, but now when I leave all I can think about is how surreal everywhere else is.

Just to prove everyone likes to sing in the shower, here’s a clip of the band performing an acoustic version of ‘Daydream’ in the bathroom.

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