MT – Luminous Dash
The indie rock and surf pop band Best Coast ended on 4th November their European tour in the cosy venue Bitterzoet in Amsterdam. This Californian band that is known for catchy pop-punk songs with a summer twist consists of singer-songwriter Bethany Cosentino and her musical partner Bobb Bruno. For several years these founders are assisted by bassist Brett Mielke, drummer Brady Miller and lately also by guitar and keyboard player Joe Bautista.
Bethany, an indie sweetheart, also has her own fashion line. And, if you really want to know: she had a great black dress with gold print, added with gold shoes that matched nicely with her golden guitar.
Obviously we did not come to Amsterdam to admire her dress, but to hear the infectious poppy songs and Beth’s beautiful voice that always takes you away to sunny California. But make no mistake, although the music sounds very upbeat and contains some fuzzy guitars, the lyrics are usually about insecurity, jealousy and unrequited love.
The set started with the punky Heaven Sent that is taken from their latest, and very well-received, album California Nights. Other top songs like Feeling OK, So Unaware and a beautiful version of When Will I Change were played as well. The newer songs were interspersed with tracks from their first album Crazy For You as Bratty B, Boyfriend and Our Deal. Also the title song of the previous album The Only Place was played, just as the country like Do You Love Me Like You Used To and Fade Away taken from the eponymous EP that was released in 2013. The highlight was California Nights with the dreamy intro, as well as Boyfriend included with a beautiful guitar solo by the ever likable Bobb Bruno.
In short, Best Coast gave us a great “best of set” with nice pop melodies and beautiful vocals that created a sense of satisfaction and put a nice smile on the face on those who were present. What to do next? Up to the next gig!