Q&A with Best Coast lead singer Bethany Cosentino
The Panther: How did your band get together?
Bethany Cosentino: I started writing songs as Best Coast in 2008 after I moved back to LA from living in New York. I sent my demos to Bobb Bruno, who was a close friend of mine- and then we just started recording right away.
P: How would you describe your music and your concerts?
BC: We just like to have fun, during our shows, in the studio- wherever we are, it’s all about having fun.
P: What’s it like touring on the road? What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
BC: It’s fun, but it’s definitely hard work. I miss being away from home for sure, that’s the worst part- but it has a ton of awesome parts too. The best is probably just getting to see how stoked fans get to see us play, and also just being around my band and my crew a lot, but I definitely miss home when I’m gone.
P: What do you typically do while on the road between performances?
BC: It depends really where we are…a lot of times I just rest and watch TV, but if we are in a really cool city, I’ll go out and explore.
P: Will performing at the UPB California Love Concert be your first time in Orange?
BC: I’ve been to Orange before, but this will be my first time playing there. Our drummer is from Orange County, so we have a lot of OC pride.
P: How does performing for a college crowd compare to other audiences?
BC: College crowds are always really excited to see us play and definitely engage in the music and the show. I like playing to younger audiences a lot.
P:Do you have any superstitious pre-performance rituals?
BC: Nope! We normally just have a drink, and go out there and do our thing.
P: The transition from the first album, Crazy for You to The Only Place takes on a much more personal reflection as seen in some of your lyrics. Do you feel as though they may be too confessional?
BC: I never feel like I’m exposing too much of myself in my songs. I think that’s why people connect so much to Best Coast. I’m just truly honest and open about what’s going on in my world, or the world in general-and I think people really like that about my songs.
P: Where does your inspiration for your song lyrics come from? How long does it typically take to produce one song?
BC: I’m really just inspired by real life. I write about what’s going on in my world, or stuff I’ve experienced in the past. It usually takes me an hour or two to write a song. I just pick up a guitar in my room and start writing.
P: What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done at one of your concerts?
BC: Some kid in Sweden once threw a beer bottle at me and then came backstage and tried to punch me in the face. He claimed he was doing it because he was my “biggest fan” but i think he was just some freak.
P: Can we expect a third album?
BC: We are recording an EP right now, which will come out later this year. A third album will definitely happen. I’m just not in the right state of mind right now to make another album.