Bethany Cosentino should be the older sister I never had. The older sister who’s closet I would raid and mostly likely pick fights with, but also the person I would secretly always look up to. Being the lead vocals for the garage pop band Best Coast, I’m sure that a lot of young ladies (and quite possibly young men) admire her. It is obvious when following her twitter account that she is obsessed with Stevie Nicks, is a supporter of women’s rights, has designed a vintage-inspired clothing line with Urban Outfitters, and loves her cat Snacks. What is there not to like? Bethany and Bob Bruno are chill musicians who play awesome music and seem to be enjoying the ride. With the recent release of Best Coast’s sophomore album The Only Place, I was extremely looking forward to this show. The Only Place is considerably less lo-fi than their first album, Crazy For You, and mainly features Bethany’s unexpectedly beautiful singing voice. Not to worry, the lyrics, paired with catchy tunes, are still simple and cleverly written.
Best Coast sounds just as good live as they do on their studio albums, but with a fresh feel. The show was decidedly very chill. I prefer a show with more energy but matched with their laid-back music and style, the atmosphere was perfect, especially in a small venue like The Firebird. Bethany and Bruno kept it light and playful with the crowd, continuously cracking jokes about their merch guy’s 21st birthday and wanting someone in the crowd to buy them shots.
My favorite songs Best Coast played were: “How They Want Me to Be”, “Storms” (a Fleetwood Mac cover), and “Boyfriend”
JEFF the Brotherhood was supposed to open the show, but due to one of the band members breaking his wrist (or maybe hand) playing basketball, they had to cancel. I was pretty bummed but two local St. Louis bands, Sleepy Kitty and Bruiser Queen, took on the task. Sleepy Kitty was pretty fun and interesting. The poppy-punk duo played songs that reminisce sock hops and rock-a-billy teen dreams balanced with some blues-y rock. They are known in St. Louis for their graphic arts project called Sleepy Kitty Arts based in the Cherokee Street District as well as their band. I was less impressed with Bruiser Queen. The lead vocalist/guitar player’s guitar kept coming unplugged throughout their set, causing them to restart songs or just quit. Their set was less organized and compared to Best Coast’s set, seemed very amateur. I would like to see both Sleepy Kitty and Bruiser Queen in a show where they are headlining and not overpowered by Best Coast.
Favorite part of the show: While visiting the bathroom before the show, the lead singer of Sleepy Kitty used the bathroom and after she left a girl said to me “that girl is a member of Sleepy Kitty!” I thought she said “Sleater-Kinney”, since I had never heard of Sleepy Kitty and she just laughed and said “Oh my god! If there was a member in Sleater-Kinney in here I would freak out and rip her clothes off!”
You just can’t make that up people!