Punk music struggled at the onset of the 90s, with the youth of America crying out for a band that encapsulated their angst and rowdiness. The call was answered by a number of bands, but none more popular and successful than Green Day. Their simple yet wildly raucous sound on Dookie became a hit amongst both the youth and older punk fans. That same energy was displayed during various, infamous tour dates and Green Day continues to play to sold-out crowds after more than twenty years. Green Day currently has a recently released live album (Awesome as Fuck) out, a ninth album in the works, a hit musical on Broadway (American Idiot), and film version of the musical in the works.
Green Day was formed in 1987 by Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, with Sean Hughes replacing Dirnt a year later. Tre Cool replaced Al Sobrante as the drummer shortly after the release of Green Day's debut album, 39/Smooth, in 1990. The success of the album, combined with exposure from numerous tour dates in '92 and '93 caught the attention of Reprise Records. While some of Green Day's fans considered them sellouts for signing to a major label, the move created one of the most influential punk albums of the past few decades: Dookie. Recorded in three weeks and released in 1994, the album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album, its singles were heavily played on MTV, and it was eventually certified diamond. It also gained Green Day some of the most memorable tour dates of their career, including a mud-filled set at Woodstock 1994 and a violent tour date in Boston.
When Green Day's next three albums, Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning were released, audiences confused the band's changed style with a loss of edge. Despite a slight decline in popularity, Green Day performed hugely popular tour dates during those years, including performances on the Warped Tour. It wasn't until the release of American Idiot in 2004 that the aforementioned albums became apart of a larger musical evolution. The record was written as a concept album that dealt with the rebellion and dissatisfaction of young people; released ten years after Dookie, Green Day reintroduced themselves to a new generation of disenfranchised youth.
While the wait for Green Day's next album was the longest fans had to endure, it was well worth it. 21st Century Breakdown was released in 2009 to critical acclaim, and quickly became the band's highest charting album to date. The fans responded enthusiastically; not only by clearing record store shelves, but also on the following world wide tour. This included a few secret shows under the alias Foxboro Hot Tubs, where lucky listeners were treated to new material. These songs would later form the basis for the trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, each released within a month of each other in 2012.
The hit lo-fi, indie sound of Los Angeles-based band Best Coast harkens back to heydays of surf and garage rock. Their musical style perfectly compliments their image as laid back, sometimes humors, West Coast youths as displayed on tour dates and in music videos. They first came into the public eye in 2009 with the release of their 7", Make You Mine, and have created quite a buzz in the mainstream music world with their debut album, Crazy for You. As Best Coast's career continues to escalate, they can be found on the tail end of 2011 tour dates across the US, UK, and Europe.
The story of Best Coast revolves around frontman Bethany Cosentino, a former child actress turned pop musician who actually turned down record deals as a teenager. After going to school in New York, Consentino moved back to Los Angeles and co-formed the band Pocahaunted, where she met Bobb Bruno, and built a reputation on local tour dates. The duo began working on a side project based on a love of '60s surf rock, and thus Best Coast was born. Best Coast soon released a number of 7"s and the EP Where the Boys Are, the latter of which caught the attention of a few critics and music magazines. The publicity was enough to get Best Coast a record contract, and the duo soon brought in former Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler as a full time member.
Best Coast's debut album, Crazy For You, was incredibly well received and has audiences wondering what the group has in store for their next record, which is currently in progress. In the meantime, audiences can catch Best Coast on their 2011 tour dates, which will be in the US until August 19. After that, they'll head to Europe until August 26, when they'll play a number of UK music festivals, including Reading and Leeds.