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Bobb Bruno and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.


Q&A: Best Coast keeps it poppy with album, tour
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


IF YOU GO
Who: Best Coast with Bleached
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
Tickets: $20 at www.etix.com or Homer’s Music
Information: www.onepercent productions.com or 402-884-5353

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Best Coast brought dreamy surf pop on its first record, “Crazy For You,” and then gave us more grown up (but still dreamy) Fleetwood Mac-inspired pop-rock on its last album, “The Only Place.”

Right now, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are preparing to release an EP, “Fade Away,” that Cosentino told us is somewhere in between — “like the baby of 'Crazy For You' and 'The Only Place,' ” she said.

We traded emails with Cosentino to ask about the band's tour, the new music and growing as a musician.

Q. What can fans expect on this run of shows?

A. We have a ton of fun on tour, so we try to make our shows just as fun. We are playing a lot of new songs from the EP, so fans can expect to hear some new material, which is cool because we haven't played any new stuff since “The Only Place” came out.

Q. What can you tell me about the new EP, “Fade Away?” Is it in a similar vein to “The Only Place?”

A. Production-wise it's a bit dirtier sounding than “The Only Place.” We used a lot more distortion and reverb than the last record, but it's not as intense as it was on “Crazy For You.” The songwriting is a bit different as well, seeing as my songwriting changes with basically each song I write. There is a heavy, moody jam called “Fade Away,” which is a lot different than any other Best Coast song I've written and we've recorded. And then there are some typical poppy Best Coast-sounding songs — like a song called “I Wanna Know.” I was listening to a lot of Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine at the time of recording the EP, so I wanted to make it a bit hazier sounding.

Q. Your music has grown up a little bit since “Crazy For You.” Is that a reflection of changing tastes or something else?

A. I think it's just a reflection in my own growth. I was 22 when the band started. I'm 26, almost 27, now, so I've grown up a lot and I've experienced a lot of changes. I feel like since my songwriting is so personal and specific to who I am as a person, it changes with me.

Read the full interview here.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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