Combine the sophisticated chill of a New York City winter with the girlish, laid back romance of California in the summertime and what to you get? The answer is Best Coast, the latest musical endeavor by perennially cool, self-described “weird girl” Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno. Best Coast was born when Cosentino decided to come home to LA after a time in New York City, to get a fresh start at living in the place she knows best—California. Since quickly garnering praise from critics and listeners with the single “Sun Was High (So Was I),” Best Coasthave been the subject of everything from reviews in The New York Times, to interviews in Nylon, and received a much coveted “Best New Music” mention on Pitchfork for the “When I'm with You” seven inch, released by Los Angeles based label Black Iris. In the last year Best Coast has already embarked on a tour of the U.S. west coast with Vivian Girls and seen the release of a new 7-inch by PPM Recordings (Liars, Wavves, No Age).
A Los Angeles native, Cosentino grew tired of what she had grown up with and did what so many have done before—she picked up and left for the East Coast, specifically Brooklyn, with the intention of going to art school for Creative Writing. Brooklyn quickly turned out to be far different from what she had envisioned, however and life in New York was too cold, both literally and figuratively.
Looking for a way to get a taste of her native land all the way in Brooklyn, Cosentino was drawn to the ‘50’s and ‘60’s aesthetic of The Beach Boys and The Everly Brothers, which, she says, “made me happy.” Creating her own little Southern California in her bedroom wasn’t enough, however, and one weekend Cosentino decided enough was enough. “One weekend I just decided to leave New York. Two days later I was back in LA,” Cosentino says matter-of-factly. She started making music almost immediately, recruiting Bobb Bruno, to help get the vibe just right. “Bobb’s from California, he grew up here, he understands,” Cosentino says, adding that “he really, totally just gets it.” Together Cosentino and Bruno have made Best Coast the band on the tip of everyone's tongue—they have become hometown heroes to their fellow Angelinos and the band to watch according to the music media—and they only continue to garner new accolades and new fans.
Best Coast sounds the way music sounds when it comes over the beach from the parking lot, where the cutest boy in school is getting out of his car. The perfect combination of that naïve and nervous excitement of a youthful crush and the fuzzy, think reverb of having been around the block at least once before, Best Coast evokes a nostalgia for the California of Gidget and dates at the soda fountain without forgetting that it is that same California that would later spawn Charles Manson.
Best Coast "When I'm With You"