Everyone remembers the tunes that got them through their long days full of teen angst. Now, being in my 20s, I like to think that my life soundtrack has gotten better but still defines and helps me through the ups and downs of being a 20-something-year-old. Best Coast is spot-on when it comes to that.
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno make-up the fun and wacky duo that is Best Coast. The pair resides in sunny Los Angeles and have been creating surfer pop rock music since 2009. Best Coast brought their beachy tunes to Austin this past Sunday night and played for a sold-out crowd at Mohawk.
Bethany, sporting hot cheetah-print pants, is known for her wild antics on stage and she definitely got weird with Austin that night. Best Coast mixed it up with their set-list and made sure to include music from their 7 inch releases, more specifically “Fear of My Identity” which was released this year, along with their tracks from their most recent album release The Only Place.
Bethany was definitely the talker of the two and made sure to keep the crowd entertained with her remarks. The Texas heat got to be a lot at one point and Bethany exclaimed, “this is going to be one fucking sweaty ass show.” There were some comments about boob sweat that followed that kept everyone laughing. Her fans were loving her more than they already did before she came on stage.
Based on the crowd’s reactions, it was obvious that Best Coast’s fans preferred songs from their debut album Crazy for You, an album that was a little less refined than The Only Place. While the album is a little rougher around the edges, that’s exactly what Best Coast’s fans fell in love with. “Goodbye” and “The End” were definitely highlights in the 19-song set.
The duo exited the stage for a quick break and came back out to loud cheers that didn’t want the night to come to end just yet. Bethany dropped down front and center stage in attempt to pump up the crowd by doing some push-ups. Let’s just say she definitely got an “A” for effort. Best Coast closed out with fan favorites “Do You Love Me Like You Used To” and “Boyfriend.” The packed house gave the band one more round of cheers before they walked off the stage waving goodbye to Austin for now.
Photos by Karina Jaimes.