October 25, 2013 in Interviews
Conceived almost a year ago in the chapel of their local church, Coasts have been making a name for themselves and their tropical pop sound from their hometown base in Bristol.
Releasing their debut single, ‘Oceans’, in February this year, they went on to release their Paradise EP which gained them a dedicated fanbase across the UK. Ahead of their full UK tour and Birmingham date on October 25, we chat to keyboardist Dave Goulbourn about life on tour and the recording process.
You’ve been together for about a year and a half now – how and where did that come about?
We all met at university in Bath before moving to Bristol and that’s where Coasts came about. We’d all been in bands before and stuff but decided that we should do something together.
You released your debut EP, Paradise, in April this year. Talk to me about that.
We recorded the EP with Duncan Mills and it was our first time working with a producer rather than just producing stuff ourselves so that was really good. The reaction to it has been awesome and something we never expected. We very nearly didn’t record ‘Oceans’ because it wasn’t one of the tracks originally slated for the EP but we came with it to Duncan at the last minute and said we had to record it.
Where was it recorded and who did the artwork?
It was recorded at Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch which is this great studio with really interesting interiors. It’s certainly got a vibe to it. A guy called Louis Labron-Johnson did all the artwork for the release and there’s some really interesting stuff there.
You’re from Bristol, which other Bristol bands should we be listening to right now?
There’s a band called The Bronze Medal who are really good and about to release their debut album.
Who are your separate and collective musical influences?
We’ve got a really broad range of musical influences within the band, it sounds cliché, but we really do listen to everything from pop to dance music to hardcore to rap. I think you need to have a pretty broad spectrum of influence because you can always pick up little bits of magic from everywhere. For example, one song we wrote was influenced by a Bring Me the Horizon song, but it sounds nothing like it.
What’s your favourite show you’ve ever played?
That’s a tough question. It’s been a really good year in terms of playing live and going out to Europe for the first time was pretty ace. We played at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg a couple of weeks ago and our show there sold out, so for now it’s probably that.
How will you be getting about on the tour and where will you be staying?
We’ve got our own van so we’ll be driving around in that. It’s not the best van ever but we do have a TV and Xbox in it which makes the journeys more bearable. We’ll be staying in hotels for most of the tour or in cities where we have friends we’ll be crashing with them.
When you play Birmingham, you’ll be halfway through a three week tour. Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?
We’re really looking forward to the Bristol date, because it’s our hometown show and it should be a real good one. Bath is always really good for us too and obviously the London show at The Shacklewell Arms should be good. It’s a really cool venue so hopefully it’ll be real nice.
Have you played in Birmingham before? What are you expecting from the show?
Yeah we played once before on our last tour. It was a bit of a weird gig as it was in a jazz bar, but it was still fun. We went to Snobs afterwards and that was a bit of a laugh. Hopefully this time it’ll be even better.
What three things is the show going to be?
Tropical. Fun. Danceable.
Do you have any plans for an album?
Yeah, we start pre-production for the album in December and then we begin recording at the turn of the year. We can’t wait to be honest, we never thought we’d get to make an album so it’s going to be really good.
What are you looking forward to most about getting home?
I think we all actually really like life on the road. You look forward to getting home, but once you’ve been there for a day or two you just want to get back out on tour.
COASTS PLAY THE VICTORIA BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM VENKMAN & FOREST LIFT. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.