In Conversation with…COASTS

This Bristol band are seriously hot property. They may have only been making music for a little while now, but they are certainly killing it with their delicious blend of euphoric, melodious indie pop. They are just on the verge of a new tour, which is set to sweep the UK by storm in October. Hot on the heels of the success they have been having with their début EP, Paradise. They are currently in the studio working on some new material, which I’m sure will be a worthy follow up to Paradise.

But until then, I caught up with the band to discuss everything from how they came up with their band name, Coasts, to what we can be expecting from their upcoming UK tour.

Can you give us a brief history of how you came together as a band?

We met at university in Bath and started a band when we moved to Bristol.

What’s the story behind your band name and how long did it take you to settle on it?

We had a few different ideas for names and it did take quite a while to come up with Coasts. We were all sat in Jimmy’s room and he came up with it on his way back from the toilet.

Having heard your music, I instantly recommended you as a band to watch in 2013. For the readers who haven’t had chance to listen to your music, how would you sum up your sound to them?

Tropical Pop.

The music scene in Bristol is flourishing right now, with the help from bands like yourselves, Seasfire and Caves. It puts Bristol on the map, as a major player in the music industry right now and it also helps to energise the local music scene. What are your thoughts on the music scene in Bristol?

I think the scene in Bristol has really come on in the last few years. There has always been lots of bands here but there has been more exposure for the area in the last year.

There’s a lot of good venues and it’s definitely a good place to be a band right now.

We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?

There’s a band from Bath called Pylo who are making some real nice songs. We’re good mates with the boys in Pixel Fix too and they’re ace live.

You just announced a full UK tour for October. What can we expect from that and is there any place you’re looking forward to playing the most?

We’re really looking forward to it and it’s the first time we’ve done a big tour without any days off, so we’re going to be very tired. We’re going to be playing a few new songs, which we’re looking forward to people hearing.

We’re looking forward to playing Bristol because we only play there on tour now, so it’s good to play hometown shows.

Are there any bands that you would love to tour with?

We’d love to go on tour with someone like Foals or Maccabees.

Your début EP, Paradise, came out earlier this year, it is a stunning EP by the way. How has the response been to that and can we be expecting any new material to be released soon?

Yeah it’s been great, we’ve been really happy with the way it’s been received. We’re at the studio in Wales at the moment for a couple of weeks recording our follow up EP. We’ll be releasing the first single off that later this year before the tour.

Your video for Oceans is magnificent. How was it to film that video in such a beautiful landscape and do you enjoy filming music videos? Is it a fun process?

It was very cold. We filmed it in mid-December and the day before the shoot the lake that Ben jumps in to was frozen over. The weather looks pretty good in the video but it wasn’t the most fun we’ve ever had. Doing the videos is fun though and we’re lucky enough to do them with our friend Duncan Roe who we met at uni.

If you could create your dream line-up for a gig. Who would you choose to be on the bill?

We like a pretty broad range of music, so that’s a tough question. We’d love to see some bands that you don’t really get the chance to see any more like Joy Division and The Cure.


A special thanks to Coasts for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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