w/ Lovely Bad Things, Bully
Exit/In; Nashville, TN
May 29, 2013
Review and photos by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain).
I first saw Best Coast in 2010, at a small bar in a small town. Performing at Clementine’s, as part of the MACRoCk festival in Harrisonburg, VA, they were a distinctly different band back then. In a room of barely 200 people, the group brought to life songs I had only heard in lo-fi, buzzy blog-ready formats prior. Many of these songs would end up on the group’s debut, The Only Place, later that summer. They were a DIY, internet-bred band Hipster Runoff loved to hate, but I knew they were destined for bigger, better things.
In the time in between that show and now, Best Coast’s career has progressed at a pace even I couldn’t have anticipated. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as Weezer, The Decemberists, and Green Day. They’ve made an album with Jon Brion and a music video with Drew Barrymore. They’ve collobared with Iggy Pop and rub elbows with the likes of Hayley Williams and Donald Glover. Best Coast are truly riding high and, though I’d seen them a couple of times in the interim, their performance last week at Nashville’s Exit/In was my first chance catching the group headlining in a smaller room since that first show at Clementine’s. Needless to say, time has been good to the California duo, and they performed with every bit of energy and sincerity- with a road-polished layer of added expertise and professionalism- that I remembered.