What does it sound like?:
Coasts are a band of romantic dreamers. This, their second album, is helplessly in love with the girl, the wonder of nature, the ringing of a guitar, the transportive nature of rock music, the power of a big chorus and the notion of a stadium full of people affirming life together. It is uplifting, anthemic, soaring music designed to fill a large space.
There are five of them in a classic rock quintet; guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals. They met at Bath University in 2011 and, initially, they rehearsed in a church crypt. They are young, good-looking and enthusiastic. The writing is slick and direct. Sample lyrics, “Take me home where the sky is glittering gold,” “close your eyes and see the fire run wild” and “hold my hand and we’ll walk the horizon.” Their innate niceness is embedded into their sound, rather like a naive U2 before the earnest politics, the tax dodging and the preaching on how to save the world.
Their fans adore them, they rock the house and their ambition has no horizon. However, how is their dream matching up against their reality? The debut didn’t shake the earth and they tour small venues only. The question remains, will this album provide the break-through they so obviously crave? Sadly, This Life Vol 1 tries too hard without taking any risks. It’s safe and it’s predictable. The production is so polished, the album glides smoothly by almost unnoticed. There is virtually no grit to grasp the listener’s attention. Even so, their fans will be very satisfied and may well grow in number. These songs are likely to come across very well live and will soon need bigger venues to accommodate them.
Coasts are a band on the rise.
What does it all *mean*?
Goes well with…
Young people enjoying the great outdoors at dusk.
Might suit people who like…
Early U2. Bastille.
I suspect there won’t be many takers on The Afterword. Maybe, they should hire Brian Eno.