I owe Rivers Cuomo and Weezer a lot. Sure they've deteriorated into a campy joke rock band these days, but they've given me tons of great music/memories over the years, and are also the lads who first exposed me to Best Coast when they tapped Bethany and Bob to open their 2010 Memories tour. I was in awe of their stripped down femmed out Beach Boys meets Ramones sound. A new fan was born.
This was my first time seeing Best Coast since then but the year long wait was worth it. They were headlining their first big time show at the Wiltern. New album out, new touring band members, playing swanky venues...it appears that big things are happening in the Best Coast camp these days. We arrived during the end of Abe Vigoda's opening set. JEFF The Brotherhood was next. I can honestly say I dug their fuzzed out, crunchy rock'n'roll attack. I think I'll be keeping my eye out for them in the future.
Oh yeah, so the band was amazing. The new lineup is superb. When I saw them open for Weezer they were a trio without a bassist and a "eh" drummer. Their new drummer is solid as hell and the addition of a bass player made a world of difference. The band's sound was more full and powerful than last time. Also, Bethany's voice was simply stellar. I remember her having trouble singing "Island In The Sun" with Rivers in 2010, now she was belting out Fleetwood Mac covers like a champ. They played pretty much all of their debut album Crazy For You as well as a bunch of new material off The Only Place. All the new songs sounded great, meaning I have to get off my ass and get the record all ready. Tons of fun with Best Coast at the Wiltern. Tons.