SOTD – The Only Place by Best Coast

In a summer riddled with sun-soaked beach days and extreme heat fueled laziness, the cliche that “I wish summer would never end” is incredibly pertinent. After returning home from these coastal vacations and feeling the cool breeze of the upcoming autumn season creeping up past my woodland home, I can’t help but think about the people that are lucky enough to live in eternally summery geographical areas year-round. My only perspectives to compare are short summer visits to Cape Cod or my temporary stay in Gold Coast, Australia, yet so many bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Eyed Peas, and Weezer constantly preach about “L.A. this” and “California that”. Despite my inability to fully weigh in on the matter due to to the fact that I’ve never visited the west coast, Best Coast’s state-obsessed brand has been the best advertisement yet for me to visit that supposed Pacific promise land. I mean, if you’re going to name your band after where you live, you better damn be able to back it up.

For years I thought Best Coast were doomed to a life of one-hit-wonder alternative mediocrity. It’s such a shame, because after releasing “The Only Place” in early 2012, they seemed to posses the talent needed to pump out peppy summertime hit after hit. I optimistically began listening to the rest of the associated album and each of their subsequent future singles as they were released over the next 3 years, and I honestly couldn’t have been more disappointed. “The Only Place” is such an perfect anthem to the seasonal happiness that makes California the reveled destination that it is, yet every other song that Best Coast produced over that time period was a grungy attempt at mimicking 90’s styles that are too tough to replicate. They finally bounced back in the summer of 2015 however with the aptly named single “California Nights” that reach #59 on my top 100 songs of 2015. Where “The Only Place” represents a festivity-sparking jam, “California Nights” conversely serves as the cool down lap to that high energy summer swim. That being said, it isn’t time to cool down just yet, friends. Hell, August is right in the thick of things, and if you aren’t still making memories then you simply aren’t doing summer right.

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