Before there was Wildcub and Big Deal, there was Best Coast. The surf pop duo was born in 2009 by songwriter and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and partner in crime multi-instrumentalist, Bobb Bruno. Inspired by The Beach Boys and The Beatles the pair bring a lo-fi, sun-soaked sound paired with lyrics that are both cute as a kitten and sharp as a knife. Although winter may well and truly be here in London, we still can’t stop listen to their sun-soaked tunes that fill us with cheer even on the rainiest of days. The 26 year-old with killer tattoos and a wardrobe that’s all floral dresses and sailor shifts took some time to talk inspiration, collaboration and hanging out at home with her cat.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it?
I feel like Best Coast is really straight forward pop music from the heart. It’s just music that is meant to make you feel like you’re not alone in this world with all your problems but I feel like the sound is meant to kind of hype you up and make you feel good about things, even though the lyrics are kind of downers.
What artists do you admire today?
I really look up to Stevie Nicks, who has been my hero pretty much since I was a little kid but I feel like more modern artists that I look up to are strong, powerful female front women/artists like Beyonce, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, women who just have their own amazing thing going on and are so great at what they do.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Drake. He’s like my #1 dream collaboration. I love his music so much, and I just love how honest and real he is. I feel like I relate to what he’s saying, and I feel like we could make a really amazing, super emo and honest song together.
What’s the main inspiration behind the new album? And how does it differ from your last one?
It was really just inspired by what was going on in my life at the current moment, and the changes I had gone through since we made the last record. I overcame a lot of obstacles and I feel like I grew up in a short period of time, so I feel like naturally that inspired it. I feel like this album is a lot poppier and more upbeat than the last record. It has more of that “best coast” sound that people enjoyed so much with the first record. It’s less of a downer than the only place was.
How has Best Coast changed since you first started out?
i mean, we have gained so much success and so much as happened for us- but i feel like we as people have not changed at all. we are still the same, and no amount of money or success has changed us at all. i feel like when i started this band, i did not expect fame at all- i just wanted to make music, and everything just took off so quickly. i feel blessed everyday.
Tell us about your favourite gig?
When ‘The Only Place’ came out we played a sold out show at the Wiltern in LA which is this amazing old theatre that so many amazing bands have played at. It was packed from wall to wall, and people were just so excited to be there and to support us and this new thing we were doing. Jon brion, who produced ‘The Only Place,’ joined us on stage for a few songs, and that was really amazing. I just remember thinking that night how lucky we were, and how insane it was that we had gotten to a point where we could sell out a venue like the Wiltern. It was such a special night.
Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
Not really. I just kind of sit around and hang out, sometimes I watch stuff on my computer, or I listen to music but I don’t have any specific things I do. Bobb listens to metal before we play which is so funny, because our music is so far from metal but he says it pumps him up.
How would you describe your style and fashion choices?
I am really inspired by the ’90s, and I like to just feel comfortable. I don’t really wear anything crazy on stage, I just dress like I normally would in my every day life. Lately I’ve been really into oversized vintage shirts, and wearing leggings with crop tops and platforms. My style evolves all the time but I feel like the ’90s is always the era that inspires me the most.
What do you do when you’re not playing music?
I hang out at home a lot, I spend time with my friends, I go shopping, I like to cook, I just do normal stuff. I’m not really a crazy party girl, but I enjoy going out sometimes. Most of the time I just like to hang out at home and drink wine and hang out with my cat and watch TV.
What’s next for Best Coast?
We are going in to record album 3 in November, and then we are going on tour with the Pixies early next year. It’s been an amazing year for us, and we can’t wait to start fresh and do something new.
Get Best Coast’s mini LP and extended EP ‘Fade Away’ next week, listen to it here.