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TELL ME / A little Q&A

If Beach House's name evokes summer, so does its music. "Walk in the Park" is a stroll on a moonlit pier past a flashing Ferris wheel and carousel as filmed through a gauzy lens. That song, from the band's debut album on Sub Pop called "Teen Dream," features Alex Scally's slide guitar and Victoria Legrand's staccato organ riff and swooning vocals.

These are exciting times for the Baltimore duo. Beach House will find itself at the Town Ballroom on Sunday, one night after sharing a stage with newly reunited slacker rock band Pavement at a Toronto festival. We talked to Scally about his band's extensive summer touring plans, which include European festivals and a slot opening for Vampire Weekend.

>Looking forward to seeing Pavement?

Yeah, they're an amazing band. They're like a soundtrack to all our teenage years. They really meant something big to everybody. It's a major honor to be on the same stage as such a powerful influence.

>How will you come down off the high of playing an outdoor afternoon show in front of thousands one night and a club show the next?

I don't think there's any comedown. I love club shows. Festival shows and club shows are completely different. With festival shows there's no connection really. It's like a giant space with tons of people. It's always daytime. It's something else. Club shows, I think, are way more awesome. The smaller they are, the better they are. There's a lot more chance for a connection -- a lot more chance to make it a special night.

>Is this your first time hitting the European summer festival circuit?

No, we've been touring so much since we started in 2006. We've probably toured Europe five times. But this is the first time we've done some of the bigger festivals. Some of them are really cool and some of them are bad. I think a lot of those European festivals are just money grabs, you know? They're just big and corporate. Tickets are really expensive. They don't do anything nice for the people, just slap a band on.

>How did you get on board with Vampire Weekend for its late summer tour?

They just asked us. We were a little nervous about doing it because it's really big spaces. We try not to open for other bands anymore. We really like just putting on our own shows. But we thought there's no other way we'd ever play these amazing outdoor amphitheaters.

>Does having the word "Dream" in your album title solidify in people's minds the idea of your band as "dream pop"?

It seems like we should be really aware of that critique and even try to debunk it. But we're insanely innocent in some ways. That title just came to us one day way before we even recorded the album. We said, "Oh, yeah, that's a great title." Something about the way the word "teen" went into "dream." We said, "That sounds great. That's exactly the feeling of the songs we're writing."

>What about the songs makes it specifically teenage?

I think the "teen" thing has to do with a feeling that all the songs were having. They all have this sort of innocent teenage feeling -- that kind of obsession or passion that you have when you're younger. It seems unrealistic or unbridled.

-- Joseph Popiolkowski

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