Words: Leland Ware
Photography: Jonathan Mehring
Beach Fossils is an indie rock band from Brooklyn consisting of Dustin Payseur, Jack Doyle Smith, and Tommy Davidson. Formed in 2009, the band has released three albums over the past eight years including their latest, Somersault. For their video for Somersault's “Sugar,” Beach Fossils teamed up with Habitat videographer Brennan Conroy to produce the visuals that include cameos from Josh Matthews and Kevin Lowry. Habitat will also be releasing a limited-edition Beach Fossils deck collaboration. As it turns out, the band has deep roots in skating as Jack Doyle Smith explains below.
Pogo: Tommy Davidson, Daffy: Jack Doyle Smith, Broomstick guitar: Dustin Payseur.
Left to right: Jack Doyle Smith, Dustin Payseur, Tommy Davidson.
“As a kid I got into all kinds of activities but playing music and skateboarding were by far the ones I liked the most. I grew up in Seattle and I've been skating since the age of 13. I used to bring an old Sony Handycam everywhere I went. I was always making ridiculous edits of my friends and I skating around the city. And now, I feel very blessed that I get to spend almost all of my time playing music. A couple of the other guys in Beach Fossils also grew up skating, so we always talked about the idea of doing some sort of custom deck. That's why it was awesome to be able to collaborate with Habitat.
Jack Doyle Smith and Dustin Payseur.
"Music and skateboarding are obviously very different from each other, but go hand-in-hand. I always love seeing how music fits into skate videos. They are both so expressive, so it’s always interesting to see a person’s style synced up with a song.”
Josh Matthews, frontside boardslide.
Kevin Lowry, ollie.
Beach Fossils are currently on a world tour until November. Check their tour dates and go see them live.
Buy the Beach Fossils' Somersault on the Bayonet Records site.