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Best Coast’s instant-classic debut album “Crazy For You” recently turned 10 years old, and core band members Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are celebrating with a guest-filled livestream later this month. They’re also celebrating the album, and today’s Bandcamp Friday fundraiser, by releasing a new version of “Boyfriend” to benefit The Trevor Project, a national organization which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. Here’s more from Bethany about the reimagining:

When I was 22 years old I wrote a song about a guy I was quite literally, obsessed with, called “Boyfriend.” This obsession took up a lot of my time and mental energy. In the decade since writing this song, I have had a lot of time to reflect on not only that obsession, but the way in which I have at times, glorified obsessive and toxic romantic relationships in my song writing. This song in particular started to feel problematic to me around the time I really started working on myself at age 30. I would listen back to my lyrics and think about how much I was neglecting myself and how I made this guy the protagonist of my own life and story.

Somewhere down the line, I started noticing that this song in particular seemed to be a bit of an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community. I would get tagged in social media posts of guys proposing to their boyfriends with the song in the background, I would get countless messages from fans about how they put this song on a playlist for their crush and then their crush became their partner, I met lesbian and gay couples at shows who told me they had their first kiss to this song. Suddenly I realized that it had a whole new meaning than the one it did when I first wrote it. That is one of the most special parts of art – what the artist creates can be interpreted in so many different ways by the people who experience it – and the experience of this song through the eyes of the LGBTQ+ community of Best Coast fans, is truly the way I want it to be experienced.

With all that being said, here is a new, reimagined version of “Boyfriend” that includes everyone. For TODAY ONLY, this version will be available to buy on our Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to The Trevor Project, an organization that focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. The core of Best Coast songs have always been about struggling with your identity while trying to keep your head above water, so I deeply care about any organization that focuses on mental health awareness.

Thank you so much to the people who have messaged me or told me their stories in person over the years – you are what inspired the new version of this song and I hope you enjoy it.

love + gratitude,

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Best Coast the band has revealed a special ten-year anniversary event to celebrate that pivotal moment in Best Coast history back in the year 2010 Best Coast released “Crazy for You”. The debut album from Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno . The duo is going to stream a special performance of the album front to back. Recorded pre-quarantine with special guests including Hayley Williams of Paramore, CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry, and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, the online broadcast is set for August 14th at 6 p.m. PST.

“Crazy for You” truly changed my life,” singer-songwriter Cosentino shared in a statement. “I was 22 years old, feeling so lost, confused and anxious — and so I wrote a bunch of songs about it. I had no idea the album would impact people the way it did back then, and I had no idea its legacy would last a decade later. When I started this band, I had no expectations of what would happen, I just wanted to make and play music with my friend. Multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno and I feel so lucky to have been able to do everything we have over the last 10 years, and we are so appreciative of our fans who have stuck with us since the beginning.”

Tickets to watch the stream are on sale now for $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the show (plus fees). Any tips will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, which works to “bring opportunity and healing to communities of colour, and especially to Black women and girls” through “fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more.”

“This is the first time we have ever played this album in its entirety and we will be sharing some behind the scenes photos/footage/and stories of the making of the album, the songs and the story of how Best Coast came to be,” the group wrote on the ticketing site. The page also reveals a new Crazy for You capsule collection, which includes t-shirts, prints, and face masks.

from the album “Crazy For You”, available to purchase now from the Wichita Recordings

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Bethany Cosentino’s swift rise to fame as lead singer of L.A. rock duo Best Coast was exciting to witness. Their 2010 debut album Crazy For You spilled with lo-fi, love-dovey rock songs, which became instant classics, but while the band gained notoriety and their music climbed up the charts, Consentino was struggling to cope with success and was losing a battle with her insecurities. Following their most recent album—2015’s California Nights—and Trump’s election victory, Consentino experienced a creative dry spell and a whirlwind of emotional setbacks, so she turned to alcohol to numb the pain.

In 2017, she finally decided to get sober and found herself creatively tuned in again. The result was their fifth album Always Tomorrow, which leans into stomping, hi-fi rock riffs and anthemic choruses. The lyrics were largely informed by her “broken patterns” and journey back to sanity. “Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back,” Consentino says. “This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect.”

Best Coast’s first album since 2015’is out in just a few weeks, and today we’re getting the third track off Always Tomorrow, following “For the First Time” and “Everything Has Changed.”

The duo’s album opener is called “Different Light,” a dynamic song in which Bethany Cosentino sings about a compassionate viewpoint and the ability to see things from another’s perspective: “Guess before I thought of only things being in black or white / Who am I to judge if you still see things in a different light?”

Always Tomorrow is out February 21st  by Best Coast Concord Records,

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As 2019 winds down, we’re all starting to think about what types of changes we’re looking to implement in our lives to better ourselves in the coming decade, beyond the hollow and overly optimistic cliché of getting maybe a gym membership next year. The return of Best Coast appears to harness this translucent positive energy, strategically announcing their first non-kid’s music LP in nearly five years upon the changing of the decade. With plenty of positivity taking place in the duo’s lives in the interim, “For the First Time” is predictably upbeat both lyrically and instrumentally, with Bethany Cosentino’s lines about learning self-care countering flutey gildings which match the earnest simplicity of Talking Heads’ most zen-like type sound.

Best Coast – For The First Time (Official Music Video)

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Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno

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On the tenth anniversary of their band’s forming, the duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are announcing the release of their fourth studio album as Best Coast (fifth, if you include last year’s children’s music LP Best Kids, which you absolutely should) titled Always Tomorrow, their first since California Nights in 2015.

While the release date is still under wraps, the pair is sharing a video for the LP’s first single, “Always Tomorrow,” which is an optimistic and surprisingly pop-oriented number already drawing comparisons to post-self-titled Paramore’s new-wave-tinged power pop—this particular number also dancing around a “This Must Be the Place” synth line.

The band said:

Excited to share with you a new song entitled “For The First Time.” It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin and looking at the skin you had to shed to get there and being OK with it all.

Thank you for your patience while we finish up our record and get everything ready for you- we hope this song keeps you company until then. One exciting thing I can tell you about the album is, it already has a title – Always Tomorrow. 

great songs and lyrics…a good summery voice..all on a rush of guitars..I hope this is the big for them..A little of a Californian Husker Du..a lot of Go Gos on legal highs, The few songs I’d heard before were good tight indie pop but now they’ve gone to a major label my fears were diminished as soon as “Feeling OK” blasted through my speakers. The voice, the lyrics and the music has matured but without losing it’s edge. There are shades of 80’s pop a la The Go Go’s and 90’s via Throwing Muses. With this and the Wolf Alice album out, will this year be all about girls and guitars?

Best Coast are a bit like a game of hopscotch. The strategy is simple: Take a few hops forward, sometimes inside the box, sometimes outside, and with enough practice at the reliable pattern comes enough skill to exercise a little style in your step. 2010’s Crazy for You laid the basics of Best Coast’s game — earnest lyrics about being stoned and in love, interspersed with a few ooh’s and ahh’s, and unbelievably catchy hooks drenched in honey, sunshine and surf. California Nights shows off the tricks Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have mastered after many run-throughs of that formula since — opening track “Feeling OK” is incredibly polished, while the title track is a hazy, gliding departure from the crunchy pop we’ve come to depend on from the duo. In its familiar patterns, California Nights is as endearing as any Best Coast release to date.

Music video by Best Coast performing “Heaven Sent”.  2015 Harvest Records. An American rock duo formed in 2009, Best Coast are globally celebrated for their retro vibe that none of us can get enough of. Hailing from LA, their songs are drenched in the sunlight of the American West Coast, whilst flawlessly tapping into the laid-back, nostalgic energy of lo-fi surf-rock from the 60s.

Best Coast – singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno – will release their third full-length album, entitled California Nights, out now on Harvest Records.

California Nights is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. The love stories Bethany spins on California Nights all detail the highs and the lows of relationships, similar to the juxtaposition of a the band’s native Los Angeles – a place tinted by candy-colored palm trees and pale blue skies while existing within the loneliness and desperation of waterless place. More than that, there is a literal meaning to the record’s title – Cosentino is a well-documented insomniac whose creativity spirals out in the early hours of the morning, allowing her to write, undisturbed, the finest album Best Coast has made to date.