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an indie-pop dip into a whirlpool of ’90s alt-rock nostalgia

Photo by Felisha Tolentino

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of best coast take an indie-pop dip into a whirlpool of ’90s alt-rock nostalgia with California Nights.

Bethany Cosentino’s famous cat, Snacks, is crawling across her pristine glass dining room table. He’s after the half-eaten sandwich that Best Coast guitarist Bobb Bruno has left out. “He’s going to eat that,” says Cosentino, prompting Bruno to snatch the plate away just in time. Snacks, who appeared on the cover of the Los Angeles duo’s 2010 debut album, Crazy for You, seems to think he’s their third band member. As Cosentino tries to answer a question about their latest album, California Nights (out now), he yowls loudly. 

“You want to get in on this?” she asks, leaning over to stroke him. “You want to answer this one?” Eventually, he settles into a chair around the table and goes to sleep. Elsewhere in Cosentino’s airy and eclectic Eagle Rock home are taxidermied animal heads that she picked up on tour, as well as mid-century modern and Southwestern pieces contributed by her mom. 

Bruno lives nearby, but despite their proximity the two hardly ever hang out unless they’re touring or making an album. “Our dynamic is very strange to a lot of people,” says Cosentino. “But to us, it makes the most sense. We’ve both played in bands before. We both really respect each other’s space. When you’re on tour, especially on a bus, you’re constantly around people. On tour it’s hard to find time to yourself. I know if I text him, he’s there. We don’t really see each other unless it’s work-related.” Bruno, who defers to his bandmate to answer most of the questions, nods in agreement. “I think that saves us a lot of drama,” adds Cosentino. She looks over at Bruno. “I love you,” she says. “But I would kill you if we lived together.”

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