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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.



Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.



Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:


Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:



On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:



If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:


Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:


Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:



Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 17th-22nd September

September 17, 2013 in News

Autumn is now in full swing. Coats and jumpers have come out of the cupboard, and you’re toying with idea of putting the heating on. Or, if you’re anything like me, you stubbornly refusing to put the heating on, despite being very cold.

But all is not lost! This time of year can only mean one thing – the start of touring season. As we excitedly await an influx of bands from all corners of the globe, here’s a brief round-up of the wide range of shows we have coming up this week.



If you’re looking for something a little different this week, seven-piece folk, country and blues outfit Carousel Circus play a free entry show at The Yardbird Jazz Club on Wednesday. Performing traditional melodies with a modern twist, Carousel Circus have previously played in the grand surrounds of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall so be sure to catch them in this unusually intimate setting. Completing the impressive local line up, support comes courtesy of Solihull’s Tori Lamb and Walsall’s Faye Bagley. For further information including links to the musician’s songs, take a look at the event page.

Listen to Carousel Circus below:



On Thursday, indie-rock electronic five-piece The Ramona Flowers are live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath with support from Leamington Spa’s Cowboy and the truly remarkable, The Bluebeat Arkestra. Make sure to get down to the venue nice and early to catch both of these support acts who illustrate the wide array of musical talent coming out of the West Midlands right now. For further information, and to purchase tickets (priced at £5 advance), head on over to the event page and make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to The Ramona Flowers below:



Then, on Friday, Cornwall’s folk-punk Crowns are live at The Rainbow. Having previously toured with the likes of Blink-182, Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues, they play in Birmingham as part of their UK September tour. Support comes courtesy of Birmingham’s very own Open to Fire who have drawn comparisons from Japandroids to The Gaslight Anthem. Opening the show will be the equally excellent Magpies & Vagabonds. Find out more about each of the bands over on the event page where you can also purchase your £5 tickets in advance.

Or, if intricate folk mixed with ambient electronica is more your cup of tea, then head down to The Victoria on John Bright Street where Malpas play a very special headline gig. With support from Forest Life who play their first ever show tonight, as well as fresh and funky five-piece Fat Kicks. Make sure you purchase those £5 tickets in advance over on the event page and RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to Crowns below:



On Saturday, Canterbury’s psych blues rock quartet, Broken Hands take to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge, hot on the heels of a busy festival season that included the likes of T in the Park, Dot to Dot and Live at Leeds. North London’s Storms and Birmingham rock act ANiMA provide support at what promises to be a very sweaty gig indeed. Find out more, and purchase advance tickets priced at £6, over on the event page.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms are also live at The Institute in Digbeth supported by pop-punk singer songwriter Allison Weiss and emo pop outfit Panda Watch. For tickets and further info, head on over to the event page and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Listen to The Front Bottoms below:



Round off your week of live music with the Sunday Social which is at The Yardbird for the price of free every week. This Sunday, the combined jazz-funk talents of Martin Rowberry and David Clarke grace the stage along with the other talented musicians who form the Rowberry-Clarke Project. Support comes from the eloquent Brains for Breakfast and Demi Marriner. Find out more about all, here.