Bethany Cosentino

I feel like talking to people who don’t tour, when you talk about touring – obviously we’re super blessed and very lucky to be doing what we do – but there are so many weird things that could never happen anywhere else. When I talk to people who don’t tour they look at me like I’m being bratty and complaining about this job that I have. It’s not that! It’s the fact that when I’m home I can exercise every day, I can cook myself good meals, then when I’m on the road for a long time it’s like, “There’s a Subway. I guess I’m eating a bowl full of lettuce because I don’t eat McDonalds.”

I’m really proud to be a woman making music. Nothing makes me happier than when other women approach me at shows and say, “You’ve inspired me to start writing music,” or, “I feel like we could be best friends.” Music is a male-dominated business, so it’s nice to see bands with girls in them, and not just a bunch of dudes with beards in flannel shirts.

I’ve become this voice for a millennial generation of feminism, which is awesome, but at the same time it’s complicated. We all know I’m a girl, I’m a woman, but it’s difficult to figure out how to talk about it and express how important it is without beating it with a hammer and having it be, “So you’re a girl in music! So you’re a girl in music!” Yes, I’m a girl in music – can we just talk about something else?