Chronic Town to Feature Beach Fossils/Craft Spells Show

Looking for something different to spice up the last week of classes? Monday night’s show at Chronic Town might do the trick.

Chronic Town will host a performance cosponsored by Roustabout!, SOMA and the Lion 90.7FM by indie rock bands Beach Fossils and Craft Spells at 9 p.m.

Both groups employ the serene grooves we’ve all come to expect from the currently trendy brand of indie pop. Coming off of their second album, an EP titled What a Pleasure, the guys of Beach Fossils produce the kind of sound that just gives off an aura of summer. Songs like “Daydream” and “Youth” produce the feel of a lazy, sunny day with nothing to do — perfect for a show on the cusp of this year’s late-arrived spring.

Craft Spells can have a similarly laid back feel, employing ethereal synth sounds under the guitar drives with whispy vocals, but in a dance-pop way that takes listeners back to the 80s. And we mustn’t forget the synthed out Phil Collins-style drum beats that pop out in some of their songs, like “After the Moment.”

“We wanted to reward everyone for working so hard the last two weeks of class,” Devan Kochersperger, one of the event organizers, said.

“I’ve been a big fan of Beach Fossils since they released their first album last year,” he added. “And they were looking to tour with Craft Spells, so it worked out.”

Local band the Fiddlercrabs will open the set, a band that Kochersperger said will “aesthetically mesh together well” with the headliners.

Teaming Roustabout! up with SOMA and the LION was natural, he added, because both of the other groups have also done a lot of great work in State College. He pointed out how well SOMA pulled off Arts Crawl and the effort behind tonight’s Local Band Night at the State Theatre hosted by the LION.

“Cooperation is going to be the thing that promotes our local music scene in the future,” he said.

So head on over to Chronic Town monday night to take in the sweet sounds of these rising bands. It’ll be a nice break from slaving over those final papers and projects.

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Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.

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