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INTERVIEW: Coasts

Bristol five piece, Coasts, are carving their own path through the current Mumford swaddled indie scene with epic intimacy – a contradiction in terms that can only be truly understood when listening to their brilliant debut single ‘Oceans’ – with, what they themselves describe as their ‘shimmery trop-pop’ sound.  Plus not a banjo in sight.  Hallelujah! Coasts are currently touring the UK, which kicked off earlier this week in Norwich, and like the troopers that they are, they have chosen to support CALM whilst on the road – they will be selling CALM T-Shirts and giving away CALMzines along with their own merch.  Massive high fives all round.  They spared us a few minutes of their time for a chat in between sound checks and all night lock-ins…

So how’s life on the road?  Any Spinal Tap moments?

Well, we always go to 11, so…

Best gig?  What’s your favourite town to play?

Banbury and Banbury. We’ve played there a couple of times at a venue called Also Known As. The guys there are absolute legends and sort of run the town… V.I.P club treatment and all night lock ins.

How’s the music scene in Bristol these days?

It’s really strong right now. A lot of good bands receiving some well-deserved exposure. Bands like Idles, Velcro Hooks and Towns are all doing well on the back of this burgeoning DIY scene. It’s refreshing to see band music being giving a proper stage having been over-shadowed for so long by Bristol’s prolific and long-standing electronic musical heritage.

Why did you choose to support CALM on this tour?

It’s a good cause. We had a friend who was heavily involved in the charity’s growth and felt it would be good to help out in any way we could.

If you had any advice for your 15 year old self, what would it be?

Keep your eyes peeled and your onions chopped.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be true to yourself

Do you have one rule for living life?

Don’t let the person who said, ‘it couldn’t be done’ interrupt you whilst you’re doing it.

And with that they are back in the van and off down the M4.  Check out Coasts tour dates HERE

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