Even before she was a former member of Pocahaunted, Bethany Cosentino was immersed in Los Angeles' music world, albeit as a potential starlet in the glossy major-pop-industrial complex. That's all in the past, as her newest project, Best Coast, continues its regular trickle of mp3 and vinyl releases that place her squarely among the best purveyors of sunny California garage pop today.
Do you think you'll ever jam with Pocahaunted again?
I read that you once sang on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as a teen, and that when you were 16 you were approached by major labels. Do you ever regret not snapping up the chance to make a bunch of teeny bop pop?
Sometimes I think about it and I'm like, “Man…that was pretty stupid of me.” But for the most part, I feel like it was a wise decision to leave that music behind when I chose to. I was super young, and I wasn't really ready for any of it. I just wanted to have fun, and it all seemed to get a little too serious for me. I also think that I wouldn't have become the person I am today, or created the music I make today had I have stuck with that shit when I was younger. No regrets!
When you talk about loving California, is the music playing in your head exclusively the summery Beach Boys lineage, or are there any Dead Kennedy covers coming down the line?
Haha… Actually I really wanted to cover “Los Angeles” by X for this one show, but we didn't have time to learn it. Maybe we will work on it. I mean, the vibe and the sound of the Beach Boys is really what inspires me, but I grew up listening to a lot of California punk like the Weirdos, and the Germs, and TSOL and shit. I mean, I'm not only exclusively into like California “beach” music. I just think I look more to that stuff for inspiration.