In 2009, vocalist and guitarist Beth Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno started the band Best Coast as a love letter to surf rock and 1960s Southern California girl groups. According to Cosetino and Bruno, there's no doubt which coast is best -- it's the one that spawned such notable acts as The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac, and the band’s indie sound channels that West Coast vibe through their signature layers of distortion and reverb. Best Coast’s lo-fi debut album, Crazy for You, was a hit with critics, and through word of mouth, Internet buzz and a relentless tour schedule, it became a breakthrough commercial success. Best Coast’s sophomore effort, The Only Place, is cleaner and more polished, with the lo-fi garage replaced with a more lyrical pop sound. In October 2013, Best Coast released Fade Away, a set of seven songs that is being touted as a mini-album. It is the band’s first release on Cosentino’s Jewel City label.
Best Coast's long and extensive tour schedule from 2010 to 2012 helped cement their reputation as one of the hottest acts on the indie scene. Ticket buyers have been treated to a vintage sound that comes across like a unique mash-up of The Eagles, Dusty Springfield, and classic 1990s bands like Mazzy Star, Weezer and Blink-182. It may be fall or winter, but a Best Coast concert is a sun-kissed celebration of eternal summer. While Best Coast continues to experiment with new sounds and sub-genres, one thing remains the same: the chiming guitars and lovelorn lyrics are the ideal soundtrack to bumming on the beach in California.