As we’d arranged, we knocked on the door of the apartment where Beach House were staying in the early afternoon of a warm Sydney day, ready to film. Pretty soon it became clear that there had been a miscommunication: turned out Beach House weren’t traveling with acoustic instruments. (Victoria says too often acoustic music sounds like reggae!)  After mutual faffing, umm-ing and ahh-ing, Amelia ducked home and picked up a guitar she’d often heard her flatmate gently strumming in her room. (Yes you may recognise this guitar, we had to borrow it when we filmed An Horse too.) We all piled into the car with renewed enthusiasm and headed to the beach.

While she drove, Victoria sat in the backseat thumping two novels together and warming her vocal chords with TLC’s Waterfalls. The heavy paperbacks made a nice deep sound but were abandoned when we got to Tamarama Beach.  So the guitar problem was solved but we still needed a drum. Amelia rummaged through the boot of her car; a pair of heels, a tennis racket, an old coat and a pile of books and paper. The boys headed off in search of something else they could use.

Meanwhile Victoria and Amelia poked around and found an empty bottle of alcohol and an abandoned lemon, and Jonathan tried to figure out how to shoot the band without slipping and falling on the wet rocks.

Eventually returning with a sandy bucket, the boys nestled into a small space Victoria had spotted between boulders.  With the rumble of the ocean behind them, and surfers in the distance, they began playing a new tune.

Used To Be has become one of our favourite videos, one we could watch over and over again.


*photos by Jefferton James

– Amelia


  1. jefferton james

    soooooooooo good…and yay im on a shoot the player vid

  2. that drum is (a) rubbish (bin)


  3. Congratulations, this is a great great video !


  4. patrick


  5. BANDit

    A top recording thanks guys.

    Magical performance of a great new song.


  6. oh thanks, me gusta beach house!

  7. Aww I miss them so much.
    Amazing video Amelia!

  8. mike t

    beautiful setting to capture this band. sounded and looked great, thanks and well done

  9. This is so gorgeous! And what a spunky guitar. xx

  10. I love Beach House!
    Great video and beautiful setting guys 😉

  11. John Fisher

    Great to see and hear Glamourama Beach at its best. Excellent to see the little crabs running among the rocks while the camera made the rocks move like a boat with musos in it. Look forward to the next song and setting.

  12. Peter Todorov

    Excellent production, splendid vocals and instrumentals, surreal setting, what a marvelous package!

  13. Es impresionante esta banda, a mi me encanto su ultima produccion Teen Dream !!
    Este video de Used To Be esta genial en acustico xD

  14. nicolas

    Esta banda es asombrosa, gracias por regalarnos este video.

    This band is amazing, thanks for this gift. Greetings from Argentina!

  15. erin

    Still an awesome video almost four years later.

  16. san

    how, where can i get this version of used to be, is gorgeous 🙁

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