Posted in music | pictures on February 4, 2011

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Bao Nguyen

"For the record wavves has NOT confirmed anything for sxsw I have no idea why they posted our name that shit is bogus" - Wavves

"wavves covered nervous breakdown. black flag covers are like birthday cakes, or pizza." - Joe Frontirre

Best Coast

Brooklyn may still be covered with a few layers of dirty, icy snow, but last night's bill at MHOW offered a brief respite from the cold, gray weather.

With their noisy, high-energy music, the first openers, No Joy, seemed a fitting addition to the evening's bill. The guitar levels may have been a bit muffled for much of their performance, but they powered through their set regardless. The two main singers let their long hair fall over their faces and around the microphone, pushing it back only between songs to make sure they got the timing right. They hardly said a word between songs or sought to engage the audience with anything resembling eye contact, but their performance exuded the most energetic manifestation of lethargy I've seen in quite a while. For their finale, they unassumingly crouched down on stage over pedals as the sound died out around them.

From the first few notes of Best Coast's set, the dynamic in the room shifted to make way for the band's deceptively upbeat songs of LA life, inertia, and unrequited love. The trio kicked off their set with "This is Real," a sweet little song with a buoyant chorus that sounds almost as if it were made for Tennis's Alaina Moore.

They stood far apart on stage, but the isolation seemed to work for them. Unlike No Joy's muddled sound, Best Coast benefited from a mix that emphasized each player's strong points. Though not particularly insightful, the short, poppy format and pleasantly innocuous lyrics ("I wish he was my boyfriend") made nearly every song sound like a single.

After breezing through much of their discography and a Loretta Lynn cover song, Best Coast concluded their set with "Each and Every Day," and at Bethany Cosentino's lead, the crowd gladly clapped along.

Wavves

I confess I got a bit sleepy between sets, but I immediately perked back up as soon as Wavves began to play. Suddenly, the calmly swaying, casually dancing crowd turned into a whirlpool of activity as beach balls and (soft) frisbees were hurled into the sold-out room. Up front, a mosh pit developed almost instantaneously as if on cue.

After a number of heavily publicized debacles, it was good to see Wavves feel a bit more at home on stage. Sure, there was one false start when guitarist Nathan Williams got a little ahead of himself on the set list, but other than that, the boys kept it together. A few songs in, Williams even paused a few seconds to deliver a little PSA about safety after one eager fan took a nasty stage dive into the unprepared crowd. "Guys, if somebody falls down, pick them up. Don't step on their face."

One of the highlights of the show came when another fan who had also managed to get on stage, overstayed his welcome and promptly got hurled back into the crowd by a bouncer. ("That was pretty good," said Williams afterward. "He got real leverage with that push!") (update: video below)

After Wavves' frenzied, encore-less set, I quickly surveyed the crowd from my spot in the balcony. The sweep of the spotlights revealed a couple making out and a number of happily bruised, disheveled people, searching for belongings that had gotten lost in the mad shuffle and grabbing a few beach balls as souvenirs on their way out.

The tour continues in Boston tonight. Two nights ago they played the larger Webster Hall in Manhattan. More pictures from the Brooklyn show (though none of No Joy - Bao had train problems), and Best Coast's setlist, below...

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you can see the bouncer throw the dude off stage in this video

Best Coast set list
This is Real
Bratty B
Summer Mood
Goodbye
Crazy For You
Make You Mine
Far Away
Fist City (Loretta Lynn cover song)
Boyfriend
Wish He Was You
I Want To
When I'm With You
That's the Way Boys Are
When the Sun Don't Shine
Our Deal
When You Wake Up (new song)
Something in the Way
Sun Was High (So Was I)
Each and Every Day

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Comments (54)

first hate comment!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:49 AM

God, Mumford and Sons is so much better than this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:51 AM

that couple was sucking face the entire show, they had to be on something.

here's a link to a video of the kid getting thrown off the stage by a bouncer.

http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

it's about halfway into the song

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:51 AM

poor Bao

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:52 AM

Sorry Rachel, you are dead wrong on this review. Show was terrible and the sound sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:55 AM

"I confess I got a bit sleepy between sets.."

Too much information.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:59 AM

"For the record wavves has NOT confirmed anything for sxsw I have no idea why they posted our name that shit is bogus"

PLEASE, STAY IN CALI ALL YOU WANT.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS TOO

Posted by TXn | February 4, 2011 11:59 AM

@11:51am Did you manage to catch the secret Mumford & Sons DJ set at Shea Stadium last night instead? I was there and it was great. The guy from Passion Pit made a surprise appearance, prompting everyone to dance, hands in the air and sing along to their lyrics. Mumford & Sons killed it too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 12:05 PM

no pictures of aziz???? weak!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 12:18 PM

@12:05. Killed what?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 12:23 PM

King Buzzo called, he wants his hair back.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 12:31 PM

OK, we GET IT. You guys HATE BEST COAST AND WAVVES. You are MOUNTAINS ABOVE what they do, the music they make, the shows they perform. Congratulations for sustaining your integrity in the blogosphere. The rest of wish we were as cool as you.

But keep commenting on it in BV threads. The last thing you want is people to forget how much you despise these two bands. God knows you are all in profound bands. No wait, you're all losers who love bashing bands on this website. That's not up for debate. Everything in music is subjective. You people being losers is objective.

Posted by Dan | February 4, 2011 12:34 PM

EYE WISHY WUZ MY BOIfrennnn

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 12:42 PM

lolz at king buzzo comment! oh and mumford and sons make much better hummus than stuff they serve at the sausage fest!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:08 PM

oh man, dan, you're such a loser!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:11 PM

this photo set seriously looks like the concert was held at a mcdonalds ballpit. audience and all..

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:13 PM

People crowd-surf to these bands?

Posted by TheSloot | February 4, 2011 1:22 PM

Have any of you haters bothered to read the review? The writer doesn't exactly compliment the bands, with the possible exception of Best Coast.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:26 PM

Hey Dan....oh nevermind, I'm not even going to do it. Poor guy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:36 PM

hahah 11.49 pride be high with that

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 1:57 PM

there is a distinct lack of Mumford and Sons in these pics.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 2:04 PM

Suuns and Hummuus will be opening for Wavves on their next tour

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 2:09 PM

@11.51 - that vid capturing spastic dancer being booted off the stage was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 2:09 PM

Mumford and Sons IS the new hummus -FACT

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 2:43 PM

Mumford and Suuns

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:14 PM

So a guy being thrown off stage was one of the highlights of a three band concert? Great. Keep backing the winners, hipsters!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:23 PM

I like wavves.

Posted by jonathan | February 4, 2011 3:30 PM

^^ it was comical. people with a sense of humor might get a laugh outta it. guess it was over your head.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:33 PM

the people that have a sense of humor are on BV making fun of wavves and best coast... guess that went over your head!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:37 PM

Beth sure has a schnoz, eh?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:42 PM

1:36, don't nevermind, say what's on your mind.

I like Wavves. A lot of music critics like Wavves. A lot of respected musicians like Wavves. Pretentious people on this website who are afraid to like anything they think is too trendy or lacks real depth, clearly hate Wavves. And really, that's all fine.

But there's so many worse offenders in this world (Katy Perry, The parents of some BV comment thread people), so I feel to constantly attack this band, especially one that caters to people who read this blog, is pointless. But keep at it.

I much rather bang my head to Kings of the Beach, than 69 with my male roommate to the new Iron and Wine record like Anon 1:36.

Posted by Dan | February 4, 2011 3:50 PM

we only moshed to wavves. i tried to get some mosh pit action going during best coast but the squares weren't into it. But that's alright cuz once wavves went on i went double hard

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 3:57 PM

hey dan, no need to show your internalized homophobia in this thread. keep it relevant.

on that note, wavves and best coast are horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:08 PM

MHOW show > webster hall show

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:08 PM

I'm really not homophobic. You can make a gay joke and not be homophobic. I just honestly think that's what he does with his free time. Don't go all Ryan Murphy on me, since you clearly watch Glee.

You guys probably hate Smith Westerns too. I know, it's hard watching these young kids make it. Get over it.

Posted by Dan | February 4, 2011 4:10 PM

dan's just pissed because the blink 182 album, the one that he used to 69 with his male roommate to, is all worn out. i'm glad you found wavves as a substitute to bang your head on his dick head!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:12 PM

Dan likes Best Coast, Wavves and The Smith Westerns. Dan is not a man I'd be frands with.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:13 PM

I didn't read the review, I come for pics and insane things people comment. This one was good! ps I hate Hummus and Mumford

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:17 PM

All Die Young is a great song. Whatever, I give up. I'm going to kill myself now. I hate the world, and really liked those bands, but you guys are so mean. Fuck it, my blood is now on your hands. Bye.

Posted by Dan | February 4, 2011 4:18 PM

Dan, welcome to the internet. You should try 4chan

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:20 PM

BV cunts definitely in the house on this mothafucka!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:22 PM

did Dan just sign his suicide note via BV

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:30 PM

Dan, saying Katy Perry is a worse offender than Wavves or Best Coast completely misses every point one could possibly make about the state of music.

I'm all for having music whose only purpose is to make people have fun, that's fine. The world needs it. The problem is these clowns perpetuate this notion that you literally do not need more than an average amount of passable talent to become a hyped/liked/covered band. I'm not asking for everyone to play like Clapton but, c'mon, at least be better than 90% of anyone whose ever played guitar and written a song. It's insulting to people who are actually musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:31 PM

Why do you people care? "Dan" likes the attention you'all'are giving him. Soakinitup!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 4:48 PM

It was Pennywise not Blink-182, asshole

Posted by Dan's Roommate | February 4, 2011 4:54 PM

Katy P. and Bethany C. are each visited nightly by the same bankrupt muse, they simply have different Target markets. To me, Best Coast is proof that Pitchfork can and will sell you anything.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 5:01 PM

Is it ok to still like Grizzly Bear and Beach House? Seriously, who are the bands we all actually like?

Posted by Chicken Nipples | February 4, 2011 5:13 PM

I'm not a huge Grizzly Bear fan but there is no denying they have talent. You at least have to respect them if you don't like them.

There is nothing to respect musically about these people, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 5:26 PM

@5:13 - Just a little band called - MUMFORD AND SONS

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 7:51 PM

these photos look "arty"

Posted by mm | February 4, 2011 10:26 PM

The bass player for Wavves looks like a Gamorrean Guard from Return of the Jedi.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 11:28 PM

of course that lame ass crowd was terrified when some dude stagedived. but as the same time, a big LOL to stagediving to fucking Wavves.

i'd shit on the girl from Best Coast's chest.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 12:55 AM

Guys: If Wavves falls over, please step on his face.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 11:03 AM

Okay I was at this concert and after seeing these pictures, I realize how hilarious it was watching this little duffy BV photographer run into the middle of the mosh pit, snap five pictures, and then run out before being touched. Happened throughout the entire wavves set. Didn't know he was from BV till I saw these pics, which couldn't have come from anywhere else.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 8:26 PM

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