This January, I hit the icy roads with The Gene Clark No Other Tour.

Beach House brought together an all-star band to perform Gene Clark’s under-appreciated 1974 album No Other from beginning to end, exactly as it is on the recording, for a week-long tour. The band included members of Fairport Convention, the Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Celebration and more — and I was deeply honored to contribute my piano playing to this musical force of nature and to share the stage with so many artists I admire.

Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Plainsong) and the band. Photo by Amanda Hatfield.

Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Plainsong), backed from left to right by Alex Scally (Beach House), Steve Strohmeier (Beach House, Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs), Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Celebration, Cass McCombs), and Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls). Photo by Amanda Hatfield.

The positive energy throughout the tour was incredible. To have so many talented people join in a common cause and share such a high level of excitement and passion for the project was an indescribable experience. I can only hope that the magnitude of emotions we felt came across on stage as we performed for nearly 5,000 people in Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC and NYC.

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes). Photo by Amanda Hatfield.

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes). Photo by Amanda Hatfield.


Lead Singers:
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)

The Band:
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Mike Lowery (Lake Trout and more) – Drums
Dominic Matar (Carloman, House of Resonance) – Piano
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead

Vocal Chorus:
Cricket Arrison
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)

Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria LeGrand (Beach House), and Tony Drummond (Celebration). Photo by Nick Hughes.

Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) and vocal chorus singers Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria LeGrand (Beach House), and Tony Drummond (Celebration). Photo by Nick Hughes.

I think Gene Clark would have been happy and proud to see his album come to life again. Thanks for an amazing week to everyone in this band.


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Yours truly at the keyboard, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Mike Lowry (drums, Lake Trout and more) and Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen). Photo by Matt Condon.

(Top / Feature photo by P Squared Photography)