Snacks, Bethany Cosentino’s Cat and the Cover Star of Best Coast’s Debut Album, Has Died

    Bethany Cosentino, one half of the indie rock duo Best Coast, has announced the passing of her beloved cat, Snacks. “Said goodbye to my best friend in the entire world today,” Cosentino tweeted. “My true love. My guardian angel. There will never be another one like him.”

    Cosentino adopted Snacks, an orange Maine Coon, around the release of Best Coast’s 2010 debut album, Crazy for You. Snacks was featured on the cover of the LP, and can also be seen donning the artwork for Wavves’ King of the Beach, and most recently, Best Coast’s single with The Linda Lindas, ‘Leading’. “There are literally thousands of you fans with this cat tattooed on their bodies and they will carry his spirit with them. Legends never die,” Wavves’ Nathan Williams wrote on Twitter. Best Coast incorporated Snacks into their music on multiple occasions, including on their song ‘Goodbye’, which included the lyric, “I wish my cat could talk.”

    In 2014, Snacks was also the star of a PETA2 campaign. “I’ve met a lot of fans that have said to me, ‘I actually adopted a cat or a dog [because of Snacks.]’ People have even told me they’ve named their cats after Snacks,” Cosentino said in the video. “It’s really cool to feel like this thing that you love so much and are nerdy about loving sometimes is affecting people in a way that’s making them go out and save an animal or making them be more involved with the animal they already have. He really is my son at this point. That’s the thing that is so important about having pets – they really become a part of your family.”

    Cosentino also paid tribute to Snacks on Instagram, sharing multiple photos and videos. “I always knew this day would come, but I hoped it never would,” she wrote. “I said goodbye to my angel baby Snacks this afternoon. He was not just my cat. He belonged to all of you. He was the third member of this band. Our mascot. Our cover star. Our merch king. He meant everything to me and I’m going to miss him so much, but I know he will live on forever by way of the legacy he created simply by being himself. He loved you all so much and he knew you loved him. 14 wonderful years. I’m so honored that I got to be his mom. I love you forever Snacks. Long live the king.”


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    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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