BDO Artist Profile - Best Coast

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BDO Artist Profile

Big Day Out is celebrating its 20th year as New Zealand and Australia’s premier musical festival. In the months leading up to the event, Chelsey will profile various artists from the 2012 lineup – making sure you know who to catch in January.


Best Coast


Who the f*@k are they: Best Coast is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bob Bruno. The duo released their debut recording last year - the ridiculously chill Crazy For You. Known for their unique blend of '60s surf-pop and lo-fi rock, Cosentino describes her music as: "Songs about summer and the sun and the ocean and being a lazy creep. Full of drums, Beach Boys bass lines, and other amazing things.”

Hails from:
The sunny beaches of Los Angeles - the origin of the surf-pop movement. 

Key releases: 2010's excellent Crazy For You. This year Best Coast released Summer is Forever, a 7" split with Wavves.

Sounds like: The Beach Boys, Vivian Girls, anything that can be vaguely described as 'surfy' - the halcyon days of pop music. 

Why you should check them out: If every summer has a soundtrack, then Best Coast will be the most appropriate artist to catch at Big Day Out. Their jangly guitar lines, haunting vocals and general air of nostalgia will set the perfect tone for the day. Best Coast have a solid fan-base in America, but have yet to break into the New Zealand scene - so make sure you see them while they are still relatively unknown. Oh and Best Coast front-woman, Bethany Cosentino is dating surf-punker Wavves - need I say more?

If you are still in doubt, then check out the incredible video for Best Coast's "Our Deal" - directed by Drew Barrymore:

Don't miss Best Coast at Big Day Out 2012.

Friday, 20 January, 2012 – Auckland Mt. Smart Stadium
Maurice Road, Penrose. Gates open 11am
Tickets $160  (Strict limit of 4 tickets per customer). or
For phone bookings: (09) 970 9700 plus all Ticketmaster outlets and Real Groovy.

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