Coasts prepare to play Riverside, Newcastle and Independent, Sunderland this month so Wayne Madden caught up with frontman, Chris, to talk about baptism, Zane Lowe, Coachella and more.
So you practiced in the crypt of a church when you first started as a band. Did the venue have any significance as a ‘spiritual birthplace’ or ‘baptism’?
Although we rehearsed in a few different churches and other spaces and didn’t stay there long, it had significance in that it was the cheapest place we could find to rehearse. We would work long shifts all weekend and then practice from Monday to Thursday all day, every day. It was pretty vital in us forming our sound, although the natural reverb was out of control at times.
What have you been doing right, in your opinion, to succeed so fluidly as a band and individually work so well?
We’re nowhere near where we want to be as a band. We feel like we have a lot further to go and feel really fortunate to have a management team and small label that is allowing us the space to do that. We’ve always just tried to stay really truthful to our instincts.
Did you feel Zane Lowe’s initial championing of your band in those early days was pivotal to your success? I mean, certainly it couldn’t have hurt, but do you feel this kind of traditional exposure is still as relevant in the “story of a band”?
I think it definitely helped, but I do feel like radio is becoming less and less influential. There isn’t one way of breaking an act and I think the industry is really struggling to cope with more unknown! We haven’t had any mainstream radio at all really for this album and we’re still in a really good place.
You’ve performed in some fantastic settings internationally, such as playing Coachella and Lollapalooza. How receptive did you find this audience at the time having yet to release a full album and playing outside native soil?
They were incredible really. We’d already been out to the US, and with Oceans we had a track that was already getting attention on the internet, so people knew of us anyway. I remember looking up at the crowd in Coachella and thinking, ‘Please remember this moment.’ There was also a Union Jack flag flying in the audience which we thought was hilarious.
Cliché as it might be, I would like to ask, do you feel English audiences differ from their American counterparts? And how so?
Every part of the world has a different vibe. Our American fans are quite similar to our British fans really. We did a support tour with a band called Bad Suns and managed to win a lot of them over. They get to shows really early and scream a lot!
What do Newcastle and Sunderland audiences have in store for them?
We put absolutely everything into our live show so you can expect loads of energy, lots of dancing and jumping around. We want people to come away from our shows having felt like they’ve been at a mad party for a few hours.
You released your debut album in January 2016. I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask about new music and further plans accompanying this tour…
We have a new album, ‘This Life’, which came out on Friday 18th August and we’ll be playing lots of it on the tour. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved so far and we want to continue growing. We’re always writing new music so we could just release another one straight away. Why not!?
Coasts play Independent, Sunderland on Tuesday 19th September and Riverside, Newcastle on Wednesday 20th September. For ticket information and more head to musicglue.com/coasts.