Aidin Vaziri | Just a few months ago Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino released one of the year’s most sublime albums, her first full-length, “Crazy for You.” The only problem is now everybody wants to see her play it live, which means endlessly hauling her instruments and burly sideman Bobb Bruno across the country. Even though the Los Angeles native is only 23, Cosentino’s songs owe a giant debt to Phil Spector’s girl groups from the ’60s and the lo-fi indie rock that dominated college radio in the ’90s. Best Coast kicks off the next leg of its tour Tuesday at the Great American Music Hall. The singer tells us how she copes with all the road work.
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
Q: What’s your biggest gripe with touring?
A: The United States is gigantic. You have to do crazy drives all the time.
Q: But you can do stuff in the van, right? Like watch movies and make piñatas and stuff?
A: I watch a lot of DVDs on my laptop. I’m constantly on my cell phone. I have a Nintendo DS. It’s a lot of sitting in a van. And it’s a lot of sitting backstage before we go on. But it’s a lot of fun. We’re getting to play a lot of awesome shows and go to places I never thought I would go.
Q: Well, next time you can just make an album nobody likes.
A: Yeah, if I made a s- album I would never have to leave California.