The video finds frontwoman Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno leading their touring band in front of a small audience on the roof of Capitol Records’ famed circular headquarters in Los Angeles. Set in front of a sunset-soaked sky and intercut with gorgeous, lens-flared views of the city, the “In My Eyes” clip has an undeniable welcoming warmth — but it wouldn’t be a Best Coast song if the easygoing breeziness wasn’t underwritten by something far more somber.
“In My Eyes” is a pained, uncertain breakup anthem about never losing sight of what once was, a heavy message Cosentino delivers perfectly over massive, blistering guitars. Her simple, affecting lyrics flash a harsh reality onto the screen, but settle easily into the beautiful backdrop of Los Angeles.
Best Coast recently wrapped up a lengthy U.S. fall tour behind California Nights, but have two more North American gigs this month: Tonight, October 15th, the band opens for Alt-J at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; and on October 24th they’ll play the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, Arizona as part of the School d’AZ music festival. The group will then tour the U.K. and Europe into early November; dates are available on Best Coast’s website.
California Nights arrived in May and marked Best Coast’s first LP since 2012’s The Only Place (a seven-track EP, Fade Away, followed in 2013). Recorded by producer Wally Gagel, the album marked a psychedelic turn for the otherwise stoned-out, pop-punk indebted outfit, a shift best encapsulated on the album’s title track.
“I sent a demo to Bobb and [drummer] Brady [Miller] and Wally and was like, ‘This might be too weird,'” Cosentino told Rolling Stone. “When I recorded the vocals, Wally turned off all the lights and put on this weird light-box that changed colors. It was like being stoned without actually being stoned. It’s like audio weed, that song.”