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Surf Rock has got its mojo back but from the most unlikely of sources.
Best Coast are a funny looking bunch. Lead singer Bethany Cosentino is so in love with her cat Mr Snacks that he’s practically a member of the band, appearing on album artwork and merchandise and sneaking into videos. Meanwhile, guitarist Bobb Bruno looks more like an out of shape Mr Miyagi than a rock star. The beauty is that this unlikely looking duo (plus new edition Ali Koehler on drums) make heavenly summer music that will have you day-dreaming of California beaches on even the coldest December day. They are not one of the most-hyped bands of 2010 for nothing.
For newcomers to the group, check out the single ‘When I’m With You’. Symbolising everything the band is about, this is a slice of sunny nostalgia that is sure to either bring back wistful memories of summer romance or inspire you to get your groove on. If Cupid had an iPod, he’d be listening to this track. Taken from their album Crazy For You, the song combines Beach Boys basslines with fuzzy indie pop and is a masterclass in storytelling in its simplest and catchiest form. Follow up single ‘Boyfriend’ continues with the themes of love, longing and relationships and how it can all make you go a bit crazy. Put simply, Best Coast are likely to appeal to anyone with a heart who has ever longed for, lusted after, loved or lost. To transport yourself from the cold, rainy depression of winter to the searing heat of an Orange County summer, buy your tickets now.
Best Coast: Razzmatazz, December 17th