Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Capitol
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
On Coasts' self-titled debut, the Bristol, England quintet delivers a consistent and focused album of epic, danceable indie rock in the vein of Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, and Imagine Dragons. Much like that latter band, the drums on Coasts are gigantic, pounding sonic booms. The choruses are equally huge, aiming straight for the rafters, along a wave of singalong chants and passionate declarations.
Sometimes it only takes one song. Certainly that was the case for Bristol five-piece Coasts, who originally formed after meeting at university in Bath in 2011. Four years later – and after honing their craft on extensive tours across the UK and Europe – the band got their mainstream breakthrough with the release of single Oceans, which has received significant airplay on BBC Radio 1.
An array of producers including Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith) and Duncan Mills (Jake Bugg) have been tasked with turning Coasts’ workaday material into huge feelgood hits, and they have delivered with brutal efficiency. Everything about the Bristol five-piece’s debut album is super-slick and tailormade for daytime pop radio. Banger after banger thumps along in the same one-dimensional vein until the more subdued Wash Away, whose opening verse is so dull that you soon pine for Coasts to return to pounding singalong mode.