Though they’ve been brewing for a few years now, 2012 has been a banner year for L.A.’s Best Coast. Since the release of The Only Place, their long-playing love letter to the Golden State, earlier this year, Best Coast has been snagging mag covers across the nation, teaming up with teen stars for videos, and singer Bethany Cosentino designing a line for Urban Outfitters.
As a band, they hearken back to the innocent era of ’60s surf pop; a sweetly-harmonized, echoing arrangement of both sheer joy and utter heartbreak. Though they’re vocal about their pride in the West coast as a whole, Best Coast seem to lean more toward the sunny, skinny, California stereotype, in both their lyrics and in the stunning, sun-drenched panoramas that populate their videos. On one of their latest tracks, Cosentino sings, “We’ve got the ocean / got the babes / got the sun / we’ve got the waves” . . . let’s see how that statement holds up in a San Francisco October.
Best Coast will be at the Treasure Island Music Festival this year, playing the Bridge Stage at 5:55 p.m. on Sunday. Check out the video for their song “Boyfriend” below.