Photos + Review: Best Coast and Bully at the Wiltern (Los Angeles, CA)

Bully (Nashville, TN) and Best Coast (Los Angeles, CA)
June 27th, 2015
The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

Last night, Best Coast played the homecoming and final show of their latest U.S. tour – welcomed by a sold out crowd at The Wiltern.

The night kicked off with a set by Nashville quartet, Bully.  The grungy, punk indie-rockers brought some serious edge right out of the gates, playing songs from their 4-day old album Feels Like including the single, “Trying.”  Frontwoman Alicia Bognanno’s screeching vocals could be heard well outside of the main room, and the band as a whole gave a fun, energetic performance.  They definitely gained some new fans amongst the L.A. crowd, myself included!

When the house lights dimmed yet again, the screen lit up with colorful, mildly psychedelic footage of the nature found throughout California.  Beaches, cacti, flowers galore – visuals that paralleled with the lyrical themes of Best Coast’s latest record, California Nights.  The duo and their touring band took the stage to a roaring applause and got right into a fun set that sporadically shifted in tone and tempo.  The L.A. natives would get the crowd rowdy with their fun, surfy indie rock, and then break into much slower, hypnotic bliss with tracks like the well received single “California Nights” amongst others.

The set list was comprised of new tracks from California Nights such as “Heaven Sent” and “Fading Fast” along with oldies like “When I’m With You,” fan favorites such as “No One Like You,” and lots of love for underrated songs like “Fade Away.”

With a good minute or two of screeching, high-pitched guitar feedback, the band came right back out like a fever dream, the stage changing in mood for what was to be a joyous encore.  Leading lady, Bethany Cosentino, thanked the packed house, saying that she initially thought they had booked too big of a venue, only to be completely surprised and humbled by its selling out.  She dedicated the closing song, “Boyfriend,” to all of the boyfriends and girlfriends along with their boyfriends and girlfriends in celebration of the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling.  Many a couple, straight and gay, were in attendance and the show ended on afun and loving note.

Best Coast will be playing some more U.S. shows this September and their new album ‘California Nights’ is out now.

Bully will also be heading out on a headlining run in the U.S. through September and October. Their debut album Feels Like literally came out a few days ago, make sure to check them out and support!

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