Best Coast (music group)

Crimson Wave's DIY scene-saving bummer pop

Crimson Wave's DIY scene-saving bummer pop

When Crimson Wave opened for sunny, stoner guitar-pop band Best Coast at a sold-out Ottobar in April of 2013, the four-piece, which found its sound in the basements and warehouses of DIY Baltimore, had never had used monitors before. 

A professional setup could have been an obstacle for the band, but its self-described “bummer pop” worked on the crowd, a natural opposite to play off the happier melodies of the headliner, Best Coast.

The band members sit in a circle on the sidewalk outside of a Remington auto body shop that doubles as their practice space and fondly recall moments from the show: They took a selfie with a group of high...