Beach House was the most surprisingly fantastic show of SXSW for me. I say surprising not because I was literally surprised to find myself enjoying their show, but because I can’t name but a handful of their songs. I’ve listened to their albums a couple times, but I can’t say that I’ve studied their material enough to come to such a fantastic show adequately prepared. Of course, I could be saying that because I was standing next to the two biggest Beach House fans I know: Chris from Gorilla vs Bear and Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear. But even though I didn’t come armed with as much knowledge as the two of them, I felt probably as moved as anyone in attendance. So for even the uninitiated, the cult of Beach House can be a wonderful thing. And for those who are already members, well, it’s worthy of banners.
(A quick note: after Ed Droste noticed that sign, they waved and quickly added another sign below it that said “And Grizzly Bear Too!” Cute. )