Bristolian quintet Coasts wear their hometown quite prominently on their sleeves, alongside their love of summer, sand and the same carefully timed guitar spun alt-rock that one would find in Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks or Two Door Cinema Club, only with its own unique current. Their debut EP Paradise comes off of Tidal Records, with hardcore devotees and occasional blog post doing little justice to these well crafted four tracks that have a big future ahead of them.
“Oceans” is a seaside love affair that lists every salt laden detail in its lyrics. There’s an easy to grasp youthful familiarity in the story, and the commendable production compliments it. From this track alone you get the impression that the boys in Coasts have a decent understanding of constructing music as a whole, from the plodding guitar to the rise and crash of the song’s tempo. As the band’s first single it’s a shame it didn't garner more radio spot plays, even if it did go down a storm on YouTube.
Following on, “Wallow” is a shift to something more contemplative, with the long build up and break into a louder chorus shows consideration for potential live show excitement. The guitar takes on a wailing quality to seemingly match song writing that superbly captures the frustration of banality, a subject their intended youthful fans are no doubt most familiar with. The audience itself is one the band likewise have an awareness of, mixing in what must be a wealth of influences for the more dance friendly track “Your Soul”, or the EP finale dripping in atmosphere that is “Stone”.
Of all the potential modern stabs at indie, Coasts bring something fun and fresh to the table. You’ve certainly heard their sound before, but in Paradise it’s tailor fashioned to your pop culture and summer soaked sweat loving ears. If you consider yourself a lifeguard of sorts who strives to save bands from obscurity, then you better keep your eyes on these guys.
Release: 29th April 2013, Tidal Records