“This album is the story of a second chance.” — Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast
Los Angeles, California’s Best Coast — comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) — will release their fourth studio album, Always Tomorrow , on February 21, 2020 via Concord Records. Always Tomorrow , produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83), is the band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record California Nights . The band previewed a new song from Always Tomorrow , entitled “ For The First Time ,” to an incredible response this past fall; today they share “ Everything Has Changed ,” whose video, directed by Ryan Baxley, features a number of people from one of Bethany’s favorite shows — Vanderpump Rules.
Always Tomorrow is the culmination of the last ten years of front person Bethany Cosentino’s life, seeing her stand back from the past decade of the band’s existence and taking stock in where she’s been and who she has become. It’s an album full of intense personal discovery amidst a whirlwind backdrop of global tours, heartbreak, newfound sobriety, dark thoughts, immense joy, giving a fuck, not giving too many fucks, substances, boredom, public personas, and gratitude.
Says Cosentino, “After we finished the album cycle for California Nights , something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out. I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came “Everything Has Changed.” The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic — describing the life I would soon be living. Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out. Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back. This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect. It’s about burning it all down and starting from scratch even when the idea of that is fucking terrifying. Closing one chapter and moving onto the next even when you have no idea what is on the other side. Acceptance. It’s about taking a gigantic leap of faith.”
With sonic nods to the likes of The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Talking Heads, and more, Always Tomorrow is full of the best songs Cosentino has ever written, and a welcome addition to Best Coast’s stellar, much-loved catalogue. From the hazy confessions of the band’s debut album, Crazy About You, to the woozy pop of California Nights , to the guitar sheen of Always Tomorrow , Best Coast continues to be one of the most relatable, important voices in independent music.
Best Coast will be going on a full North American tour this winter with support from Mannequin Pussy. They will be at Union Trust in Philadelphia on March 20: https://utphilly.com/events/best-coast/