Best Coast singer Bethany Consetino has spoken up regarding the departure of her group’s former drummer Ali Koehler, who last week said it was “not [her] choice” to leave the band.
Having joined Best Coast last year following a flit from her one-time outfit Vivian Girls, Koehler has since toured extensively with Consetino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, also featuring in promo shots and interviews as a third member. Though, Consetino now says, that doesn’t mean Beat Coast were ever more than a duo, officially speaking. And, despite a series of tweets from Koehler seeming to intimate that her exit from Best Coast was far from voluntary, Consetino insists it was an amicable affair.
Taking to the Beast Coast Facebook wall, she writes: “Best Coast has and always will be Bobb and I. No matter who has joined the band on tour, whatever line-up ensues, the band is simply the two of us. That said, these past two years have been full of nothing but the greatest of memorable adventures and I am so grateful that my friend Ali was a part of them when we were on tour”.
She later adds: “One last thing: For those of you who are assuming things, Ali was informed two months ago that our live line-up was changing. There is no bad blood between any of us”. Brrr… that’s cold.