Best Coast and Wavves light up the Electric Factory

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Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-rock duo Best Coast and pop-punk rockers Wavves brought the sounds of California to the Electric Factory on Wednesday night with their “Summer is Forever II” tour. 

Best Coast played a set of their easygoing surf-punk tunes in support of their most recent album, California Nights, which came out last year. The band also pulled from their back catalog to play a well-balanced set of their newest music along with older favorites. Touring bandmates on drums, bass, and guitar backed vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno throughout a sweet set that ranged from the energetic riffs in “When Will I Change” to the mellowness of “Our Deal.” 

Throughout the set, fans were engrossed in the music; at one point, a dedicated fan in the front row wearing a Garfield costume took to crowd surfing. Towards the end of the show, the band played their hit song “Boyfriend” while Cosentino sang to the Garfield head and wore it for a portion of the song. They closed up their set with an impressive performance of “When Will I Change,” leaving the crowd wanting more. Once Best Coast returned on stage for the encore, they wrapped up the show with a lively performance of “Bratty B.”

Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Co-headliners Wavves previously toured with Best Coast five years ago during the bands’ first “Summer is Forever” tour. The California-based four-piece played a set in support of their most recent LP, V, also from 2015. With five full-length albums in their back catalog, the group had a wide range of material to pull from throughout their set. Wavves played a nice mix of their hook-heavy and lively songs, exciting the crowd throughout their entire set. The crowd was completely hooked, jumping around and crowd surfing the entire time.

LA-based garage rock band Cherry Glazerr opened the show. The energetic four-piece played a set in support of two 2014 releases, the Had Ten Dollaz EP and the Haxel Princess LP.  Lead vocalist and guitarist Clementine Creevy’s raw vocals and intense guitar riffs energized the room and got the crowd more hyped for Wavves and Best Coast. Cherry Glazerr is definitely a promising young band, and I look forward to hearing what they release next. 

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