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The Coast With The Most
Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino on being a role model, having Brian Wilson for competition and the dangers of drinking and tweeting.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 06 Jun 2012
There’s a war of words going on in Bethany Cosentino’s Twitter feed. Well, more of a minor skirmish. One Jeremy Winter has heard Best Coast’s second record The Only Place, and has an opinion to share: “More like reverse evolution,” he snorts, from a keyboard far, far away. “You should listen to The Muffs self-titled album before making a boring 3rd Best Coast album.”
Undoubtedly, @jawinter28 doesn’t know his onions, and Cosentino, frontwoman for the LA garage duo, doesn’t hesitate to tell him as much: “I’m not trying to make a muffs album dude. Thanks 4 yr opinion but we are proud of the record. Also stop illegally downloading!”
It’s nice to have indie stars unafraid to offer a rebuttal, I tell her the next day. She laughs into an explanation.
“I was quite drunk at the time, so I blame it on that! Drinking and Twitter go together like... drinking and text messaging, it’s a terrible idea! They should put a block on Twitter as soon as you drink too much.”
But that would take all the fun out of it.
“It would for you,” she grins, “but it would be better for people like me!”
Since releasing lo-fi debut Crazy For You in 2010, Cosentino has found herself become something of an inspiration to indie girls the world over. Has her new role – flying the flag for women in rock, essentially – put pressure on her?
“Not really,” she shrugs. “More than anything it’s just very flattering and humbling. It’s very cool to know that there are young – and older – girls out there who look up to me as a role model. That’s the best part of this job.”
Once upon a time (the ‘90s), Courtney Love occupied a similar position, with an added dash of kookiness. Okay, insanity. But she’s a smart, talented woman who has been publicly lambasted in a way that recalls the Salem witch trials. Bethany has stuck up for the Hole singer in recent times. A kindred spirit, minus the crazy?
“Ha, yeah. I think she’s great, I don’t know what everyone’s deal with her is. I mean, she’s obviously crazy! But in a great way – what would the world be without crazy people?”