Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno formed Best Coast in '09. But before that Cosentino, an L.A. native, produced pop songs that were posted on her MySpace page and later fronted Pocahaunted, a group that ventured into "experimental pop."
Following a stint at Eugene Lang College in New York, Cosentino vaulted back to the west coast. There she hooked up with Bruno and they issued a number of self-released recordings. This flurry of activity attracted attention.
Best Coast embarked on their first U.S. tour, sharing the stage with the Vivian Girls, in early '10 to support their full-length debut "Crazy For You." That was the start of nearly two years of non-stop touring. A typical story. However, one leg of the trek was with the Wavves, a band led by Consentino's longtime boyfriend, Nathan Williams. "Touring with your boyfriend is crazy," exclaimed Consentino. No doubt.
"Crazy For You" entered the Billboard 200 at #36 moving 10,000 units and debuted at #10 on Digital Albums. It was later ranked was ranked at #39 on Pitchfork Media's list of the "Top 50 Albums of 2010."
Ali Koehler of Vivian Girls became the band's interim touring drummer, but was ousted at the end of '11.
Best Coast set up shop at the legendary Capitol Studios in L.A., under the tutelage of Grammy winning producer Jon Brion, to record their sophomore set.
"I'm going to sing my ass off," said Cosentino. "I'm still the kooky girl next door that collects Garfield memorabilia but this time I'd like to be taken more seriously."
"The Only Place" dropped in '12. The album was recorded at Capitol Records Studio B which had Les Paul-designed reverb chambers. Producer Jon Brion also employed vintage analog gear
Best Coast's next release, the seven-track EP "Fade Away," was issued on Cosentino's label, Jewel City. Later in '13 , Best Coast produced a charity t-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money and awareness for the L.A. Animal Rescue. The shirt was launched at their Animal Rescue benefit concert in L.A.
Best Coast's third studio album, "California Nights," landed in '15. According to Consentino, the album was influenced by The Go-Go's, Gwen Stefani, and Sugar Ray.
2010 Crazy For You
2012 The Only Place
2013 Fade Away EP
2015 California Nights
Best Coast evoke an innocent, warm era, even if love interests are unattainable or jerks.
Jangling guitars, staccato rhythms, some Punk/Pop and girl group longing are tossed into a blender - like the best of California circa 1962-66. It's a though they found a satchel of Carole King songs at a garage sale.
Bruno should be credited for constructing a wall-of-sound behind Cosentino that gives the tracks emotional support.
The end result is an irresistible confection.