After gaining their first radio attention in 2012 with their debut single Stay, Coasts went on to sell out shows across Europe, have continuous support from numerous Radio 1 DJ’s and in 2014, signed record deals with Warner Music in the UK and Capitol Records, USA. The alternative 5 piece have previously released 5 singles and 4 EP’s and have their debut self-titled album available for pre-order on iTunes now.
I recently saw them live supporting Don Broco, and after wanting to see them for a few years, I’m glad to say I was not disappointed! Their energy lifted the room’s atmosphere instantly as members Liam, David, James and Ben mindlessly bounced around the stage. It was evident that they already had a small fanbase in the audience by the given welcoming. Soon they were joined by frontman, Chris Caines, who simply added to their spirit.
They opened the set with the brilliant, and undoubtably my favourite song of theirs, Wallow, from the 2013 Paradise – EP. The band powered on with fan favourites such as Modern Love but it was evident that the then unreleased single You received the best reception. People were singing along and jumping around to the rhythm of the music. The set was closed with an energetic performance of their most successful single to date, the euphonious Oceans which gained a positive response from the crowd.
Following the concert, I immediately pre-ordered the band’s album as my love for their music was rekindled. An amazing half of the 16 tracks from the deluxe edition are instantly downloaded. A former favourite of mine was A Rush Of Blood, taken from it’s self-titled EP, and in it’s original form carries the band’s signature tint of psychedelic tones.
The updated version has some slight lyric changes such as “you say I feel better at midnight”, piano chords have been introduced and there’s an increase of percussion. Once the chorus hits, the increase of their electronic sound is evident and this is also clear in the re-recorded versions of Oceans and Modern Love.
Track 9, Wash Away, is different to these with it’s very mellow tone with a calming beat. The instrumental is brilliant and easy to get lost in, which creates the well needed contrast of sound which every album needs.
Based on the tracks I’ve heard so far, I think this album will be a hit! However, I do hope the raw guitar sound they held in 2013 will appear again.
Coasts self-titled album is out 22nd January.
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