Theo Wargo, Getty Images - Ozzy Osbourne fails to recall a rather hazy period of…
- Posted on Mar 16th 2010 1:00PM by Charley Rogulewski
"There is an amazing song by the Jive Bombers," adds Cosentino, the group's principal lyricist, "and it's called 'Cherry' and it's the most beautiful song ever. I'm really inspired by happy, sunny-sounding '50s and '60s pop music and doo-wop."
Google the emerging Eagle Rock, Calif., band and comparisons to the Beach Boys and act synonymous with Phil Spector's trademark Wall of Sound are hard to miss. With only two 7" vinyls under their belt, the duo is shooting for a "fall, possibly summer" release for their anticipated full-length debut.
"The earlier songs I was writing were simple, happy and cheery, but I think I got into a dark place for a second," Cosentino, who started singing at age four, says of the debut. "There are probably only two or three songs that are going in a different direction but five or six three-minute sweetheart pop jams."
Those happier jams usually end on one all-too-familiar topic for the L.A. native: boys. Take the catchy track 'Boyfriend,' where Cosentino laments on the refrain, "I wish he was my boyfriend" like it were a missing page from 'Grease.'
"I try to write songs that aren't about boys, but I can't do it." she admits. "A lot of them aren't even about real people. They're about real situations either I've been in or I know that other people have been in." Another example -- the tentatively-titled pop gem 'Our Deal' touches on more boy-tinged insecurities. "A lot of the songs are about me being like, 'Why won't you tell me you have a crush on me?' or 'Why can't I tell you I have a crush on you?'" Cosentino says. "Just very simple, relatable s---."
But Best Coast isn't completely lost in the era that brought us Woodstock and the 'Summer of Love.' "There's one song that sounds like Nirvana a bit." Cosentino says about one of the debut's darker tunes. "It's about me being bored and lazy and not really wanting to do anything. Bob plays drums on it and it gets kind of rockin' at certain parts. There's a part we were referring to as 'the rock-out.'"