Instore Gig Review: Best Coast At Rough Trade, London

Posted in Music, New Bands, Reviews
By Sam Bathe on 4 Aug 2010

Photo by Joanna Galvin.

One half of the lo-fi super couple giving hope to indie music again (frontwoman Bethany Cosentino is currently dating Wavves’ Nathan Williams), Best Coast’s reverb-heavy surf rock is refreshing when you look at what else is around, and it’s even better than they’re doing well. Fresh from selling out Shoreditch’s Cargo on Monday (2nd August), Best Coast saw off their UK tour last night with an enjoyable instore at Rough Trade East.

As is often the case as instores, the atmosphere was a little dead – Bethany’s joke about American food chain Panda Express went down like a lead balloon – but that didn’t hold them back. Racing through tracks of their recently released album Crazy For You, from Boyfriend to title track Crazy For You and Each & Everybody plus a couple of covers, despite a heavy-going tour, and a couple swigs of Jim Beam on stage, the three-piece certainly have something about them. The biggest cheers were reserved for When I’m With You, an energetic surf-heavy track, and with that they were done.

Hopefully more new bands head in this direction; grunge is certainly back, and the clean electro of the last couple of years can kiss its time in the limelight goodbye.

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