Best Coast and Wavves Heat Up Terminal 5 on a Cold NightFebruary 19th, 2016
Best Coast and Wavves – Terminal 5 – February 18, 2016
The duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have been making music as Best Coast since 2009. Their brand of sunny California rock has provided the soundtrack to many outdoor festivals and has even served as the perfect teenage angst soundtrack for MTV’s Awkward. Cosentino’s knack for penning hazy, confessional lyrics endures with both the young and old. On their recent release, California Nights, the pair don’t divert too much from their first two LPs as familiar songwriting and garage-rock chords ring true. Toting along fellow Californians Wavves to coheadline the appropriately named Summer Is Forever II tour, the West Coast pair hit Terminal 5 Thursday night to thaw out a frozen New York City crowd.
Taking the stage in a sparkly, black one piece, Cosentino barreled into “When I’m with You” and followed it with the clap friendly “Crazy for You.” The crowd was especially primed as Wavves provided a rollicking set, enticing several crowd surfers and mini mosh pits across the venue’s vast floor. A bouquet of flowers even made its way to the singer as she sang “Heaven Sent,” from their last release. Pulling largely from their debut and recent albums, Cosentino commented on how they had not played a New York City show in quite some time and reminisced about the last gig at the venue, citing the memory of legs dangling from the balconies.
The slow jam “Dreaming My Life Away,” which Cosentino chimed was “a catch your breath” moment, settled down the atmosphere. And for this California gal, “The Only Place” made me question why I moved cross-country as my face froze over the weekend, while my Left Coast family members were basking in the rays. Continuing the sunny tunes, fan-fave “Boyfriend” included flowers being chucked into an endless sea of admirers, confirming that all the lads in the house would gladly be Ms. Cosentino’s beau—too bad she’s already taken by the lead singer of Wavves, Nathan Williams. She and her band gushed, “I don’t know what we did to deserve this, but you’ve spoiled us for this tour.” The mutual admiration concluded with an encore of “Bratty-B,” which ended with a repeated chorus of “I miss you” and Bruno shredding his guitar to add the extra punctuation to the evening. —Sharlene Chiu