Live Report: Los Coast at The Venice West (Sept 28, 2022)

Texas’ Los Coast ventured to the west coast this last Wednesday for an intimate show at The Venice West, and showcased an impressive range and captivating musicality. The soul rock group, who I would compare to acts like Black Pumas, Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr. (who contributed his guitar skills to the band’s cover of Sam Cooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come”), can move from mellow to mosh-worthy in their songs without missing a beat.

Trey Privott (Los Coast)

With new music on the way, the band performed a few new songs during the show, including the beautiful “Attachment Theory” (see the video above). The track showed off their more emotional side, with a laid-back rhythm and acoustic strumming. The group then kicked up the funk with “Shadow Work”, a bass-heavy number with a 70’s groove. Next song “Graves” sonically recalled nineties R&B, while frontman Trey Privott’s vocals channel classic Stax singers. Yet just as easily as he could belt out a smooth soul number, Privott showed off rock pipes that Little Richard would be proud of on the old-school rock n’ roll number “Masquerade”.

One of my favorite tracks by the band, “Morning Weight”, came next and remained a somber and moving soul gem. While Privott has clearly changed up the band from early iterations of it, the new players in Los Coast all showed off impressive musicality and solidly supported Privott’s songs. They shined on “Testify” and the raucous “Monsters”. The band closed off their set with “(Everything But) The Kitchen Sink” and “Simplify”. While I was a little bummed not to get “Battles”, “Chesapeake”, “Untitled #2” or “Summer Samaritan”, I will certainly see the band again the next time they come to town, so hopefully will get one of those great songs then.

Check out the group’s debut album here and be sure to see them in your city!

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