Californian surf-rockers Best Coast are set to play Royale Boston on Thursday night. For $25.30 after Ticketmaster fees, a night with Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno and their friends can be yours. After catching their show last night at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club (a great venue that more than resembled the Rockit from “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”), here’s why you should check out the show Thursday night and what to expect from Best Coast.
No-frills surf rock
There’s not too much in their live show that distinguishes Best Coast from other bands except for hard work and effort. Featuring Cosentino on vocals and rhythm, Bruno on guitar and two hired guns on bass and drums, the band will tear through a 75-to-80-minute set packed full of songs from their two albums, “The Only Place” and “Crazy For You,” as well as three or four new tracks from a yet-unnamed third release. They’ll easily dig through most of their repertoire in the meantime, as B.C. is known for their short and sweet songs (they tore through their opening three songs, including a great version of “The End,” in about six minutes after taking the stage).
Some very strange stage banter
Last night, Bethany talked about awkward declarations of love from the audience, stopped one song because she was “so in the zone she forgot the lyrics” (paraphrased), and discussed how much she loved the food at the 9:30 Club, frequently mentioning how stupid she was for eating a “fake meatball sub” or something along those lines just before going on stage. Twitter alleges she did two push-ups on stage, though, so she’s probably set.
A very fun show
One of the reasons I always come back to Besty Coasty when I’m feeling down: they’re unapologetic about their bright, happy and sometimes sublimely stoned mix of surf-rock and pop. The buzzy haze of the unpolished songs on “Crazy For You” and the clean, studio-influenced tracks off “Only Place” come together as one during their live shows. The tag-team hits of their encore, the sublime “Do You Love Me Like You Used To?” and grungy “Boyfriend,” showed just how polished their live show is; the setlists perfectly ebb and flow from fast to slow, twisting and turning to make a night to remember.