Q&A: Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino

[caption id="attachment_4612" align="alignnone" width="630" caption="Bethany Cosentino performs with Best Coast in Indio, Calif., April 2011. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage "][/caption]

Last summer, Best Coast’s Crazy For You became required listening for any fan of sun-soaked, stoner guitar songs. A year later, songwriter Bethany Cosentino and bandmates Bobb Bruno and Ali Kohler are still touring relentlessly, with a host of international festivals and opening slots with the Decemberists on the dockets for the next few months. But it’s not to say the band’s running on fumes; They recently released an iTunes EP and Cosentino's branched out, too, logging studio time as a guest vocalist with New Found Glory and Weezer. Hive recently caught up with Cosentino and discussed Best Coast's future, playing for Planned Parenthood and working with Rivers Cuomo.

First up on the summer docket: Bonnaroo. What's it going to be like for you?

Personally, Coachella was the only festival I ever really went to before I started playing fests. I know Bonnaroo is huge and there are a ton of bands playing who would be pretty rad to see, but we only get to go to the fest the day that we play. It’s in the middle of nowhere, right? And people wear a lot of tie-dye? I know that Loretta Lynn is playing and she’s someone I really love, especially lately, as I’ve been listening to a lot of country music.

You recently covered Loretta Lynn's “Fist City.”

Yeah, we covered it on our tour and then we just did this iTunes EP. One day I just started listening to a lot of female country artists, and she is at the top of the list. It would be amazing to see her.

This summer, you’re also playing a Planned Parenthood benefit in New York. How did you get involved in that?

I was made aware of what was going on with Planned Parenthood and their funding, and how they were in danger of losing it. Four or five months ago, I wrote to my manager and was like, “I really want to do something -- a song, a show, something.” I’m not a very political person but Planned Parenthood is an organization I support so much. Just to sit back and watch what’s happening and say, “That sucks,” but not do anything would make me feel really shitty.

It’s been almost a year since Crazy For You came out. Have you started thinking about a new album?

We are definitely going to start recording this year -- we’re looking toward October. I write everything and then Bob links in with the track and tries to finish off what I haven’t done. It’s a very weird collaborative process. And Ali plays drums with us on tour but doesn’t record with us in the studio. We’re waiting for a big chunk of time off, and then we’re going to say no to every show and just hole ourselves up in some studio. I’ve written a lot of songs that I think could be good for a record.

Meanwhile, you recently recorded with New Found Glory for their upcoming record. Do you have any other collaborations planned?

I have a few lined up already but I can’t talk about them yet. I enjoy writing and singing with other people. When you’re a musician, if you do the same thing over and over again, it gets boring. But if you go out and use your talent on somebody else’s song, it’s fun. New Found Glory was literally my favorite band in 7th grade, so when I met Chad [Gilbert, guitarist] and he was like, "I’m a huge Best Coast fan and we would love if you would sing on a song on our new record,” it was something I was really excited to do.

Talk about your collaboration with Weezer.

It was the same thing -- a band that I was obsessed with and still really enjoy listening to. I got to go in and write and record a song with Rivers [Cuomo], and that was a huge deal to me. [The song is] called “Go Away,” … it’s supposed to be saved for the next Weezer record. We worked on it together and [Rivers] was like, “This is great, I don’t know what’ll happen with it." Now, I am supposed to go back in and officially record it.

Watch Best Coast's video for "Boyfriend" here: