Live Review: Best Coast — Echoplex, Los Angeles
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:20:19
Best Coast, a lo-fi garage pop band, seemed a little out of place at the Echoplex 6/8 after sitting through the entire Indian Jewelry set. Indian Jewelry can best be described as noise. Not noise rock. Just noise. After 30 minutes of listening to them shout, "We are from Houston, Texas. We are the center of the world. You should know who we are" above what sounded like radio static, I was ready to listen to the charming juxtaposition of Best Coast's garage rock tendencies layered beneath Bethany Cosentino's sweet and innocent lyrics about boys (which sound like they are written by a pining teenager or a Twilight fan).
Best Coast started their set with "This is Real," followed by "Crazy" and "Boyfriend." After the second song I left the middle of the crowd to stand around the perimeter because while Cosentino and her bandmates played some decent tunes, their stage presence was so shockingly static I realized there was no need to have a clear view to the stage.
After the first eight short songs, I realized that all the songs sounded the same. Each had a very repetitive chorus and seemed to end very abruptly. There was little variation in melody – and no harmonies to distract from the melodic monotony. The song rhythms and Cosentino's timbre were so consistent throughout that the entire set ran together as if it were one long 30-plus minute song—which would be more fitting for a prog band.
Despite the simplicity and similarity of the whole set, the sound was never unpleasant. I will definitely continue to listen to Best Coast, probably even buy their upcoming July album; I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to check out their live set again anytime soon.