Review: Coasts ‘Oceans’

Despite the tropical indie (that’s a thing?) echo of Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals – Coasts’ debut track Oceansreleased on 25th February, is instantly consuming and carries the weight of maturity beyond that of their relatively recent formation. Formed in 2011, the Bristol band have already found themselves on the NME Radar Buzz column and with an EP and tour due shortly, 2013 is presenting an exciting intrigue.

Oceans offers a consuming subtlety, even at its loudest – its eighties synths and riffs echoing that of The Drums, particularly Jonny Pierce’s heartbreaking vocal hybrid of love and loathing. Despite providing an intelligently written and seamlessly inducing track, look above and you’ll notice I’ve already mentioned comparables to four other bands. That’s not to say Coasts aren’t notable and Oceans isn’t worthy of attention – they are, and it is; nonetheless, Coasts will have to bring more to the table on their forthcoming EP if they’re to break free of these easy comparisons.

That being said, the band has certainly done enough to invite interest and for Coasts to already carry a sound beyond their years is as impressive as it is inspiring.

Words: Simon Herriott