Best Coast and Pearl Harbor wrapped up their city-wide tour at L’Keg in Echo Park. Best Coast played first, fronted by one-half of Pocahaunted, Bethany Cosentino, along with local hero Bobb Burno. Cosentino has diverged from the gloomy drone of her other project, opting for a more sun-tinged meets fuzz-pop orientated sound. Best illustrated on such jamz as “Sun was High (So Was I)” and newest addition “Something in the Way”—Each song represents BC’s approach, by defying space and time, sounding as if No Age wandered into the studio during a Connie Francis recording session. The band tends to highlight Beth’s vocals, which seem to shine in their truest sense. That doesn’t mean that Bruno’s musical presence ever falls by the way-side.—No, it’s the wave underneath Cosentino’s surfboard. It’s the driving force. Opting for a cover, an obscure Lesley Gore tune, “That’s The Way Boys Are,” Best Coast gave it a dingy pair of wings. It might be easy to describe the band’s sound as minimalist. However, when the music itself peaked it filled the hot crowded space that night with summery goodness.
Pearl Harbor continued the mood for the evening with its washed-out California sound. The combination of distant and dreamy vocals provided by lead singer Piper, whose lyrics seem to exude a kind of melancholy despite her cheerful banter with band members and a select few in the audience. Warm guitar riffs accompanied her voice, provided by her counterpart Skylar. The riffs themselves represent a deconstructed surf-pop sound, slowed to intoxicate you. Pearl Harbor’s music is one that connotes taking the most awesome sailboat trip of your life in the marina where Dennis Wilson drowned. Somehow his spirit floats to the top and incarnates itself into these rather young-looking purveyors who have based themselves upon that familiar sound.