Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino On SF Bands and NorCal Mexican Food

Indie music darlings Best Coast have had quite a year. Not long after they formed, the LA band whipped up Crazy for You, which landed on the Billboard charts after the album’s release in July 2010. Next up, the lo-fi outfit brings its sticky-sweet garage pop to Outside Lands this weekend. Singer Bethany Cosentino took a few minutes to chat with 7x7 about old-school country, Mexican food, and SF bands.

How does success feel so early in your music career?

I wake up daily and remind myself that this is my job. It’s so exciting when you find out a band you really like likes your band. I’m still surprised how lucky I’ve been.

Is there a new music genre you’re dying to try out?

I really relate to old-school country—like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline—because the songs deal with the same sort of topics I write about.

What San Francisco bands are you into?

I really like Hunx and His Punx. They’ve got that fun, simple pop thing, just like us. I also love Shannon and the Clams—Shannon Shaw has an amazing voice.

Which has better Mexican food: SoCal or NorCal?

I have to side with SoCal because I grew up eating it. But I used to be obsessed with Pancho Villa in the Mission. I used to eat there every time I visited San Francisco.