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You may or may not have heard that Only Shadows will be joining Coasts on their UK tour in late April, a fact that I am very excited about after having admired their music from afar. So when I saw that Only Shadows were in Leeds (24th March) on their last date before the tour, it was just such a perfect opportunity to check them out.
The Lending Room, a venue in Leeds, situated just upstairs from The Library pub is a very chilled out place with a 200 capacity that feels intimate yet with ample room to dance (a fact that I definitely took advantage of). Did I mention that there are also fairy lights? – you’ve got to love a place that has fairy lights.
First to the stage were Leeds based Cartel Flux whose alt. rock sound has true Yorkshire grit. Cartel Flux has only been around since 2016 but with carefree tracks such as “Summer” was a great act to open the night.
Courtyards, indie rockers from Huddersfield were next to the stage and brought along a string of devoted fans (and there I was thinking that I was the only one crazy dancing). Courtyards have got all the right ingredients to make it as an indie rock group…without the squeaky amp.
Only Shadows took to the stage thanking us for sticking around to see them and believe me when I say that it was totally worth staying for. From the highs of “Too Late” to even more highs in “Fight Milk” this alt. rock quartet brings the high energy alternative sound with spicy pop notes.
Also joining Coasts and Only Shadows in April will be Only The Poets, (managed by Sam Jackson, former tour manager for Coasts) which makes me wonder, maybe Coasts should change their name…..Only Coasts has got a certain ring to it.
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A Marsican is a type of Italian bear and usually answers to the names of James, Rob, Oli or Cale.
It was the last night of the Mariscans‘ UK headline tour last night so I grabbed my friend Emily and headed on down to Church for a night of hilarity, also there was that time when I got stuck in the toilet because the door handle fell off, so it all got off to a great start really.
The 700 strong venue was completely sold out and filled with family, friends and avid fans alike who sang along to pretty much every word. The mosh pit also got quite rowdy actually with beer sloshing all over the place.
First to the stage were Leeds locals The Golden Age Of TV who have only been around since 2016 but have already been causing quite a stir on the music scene with latest release ‘Beasts’ grabbing the attention of new-music stalwart Huw Stephens.
Top tracks of the set also included ‘Dust.’
Edinburgh based band Vistas made us ‘Feel Alive’ with a stompingly great set that had me shaking my tail feather and set the party off.
‘Retrospect’ was an absolute highlight for me and I can’t wait to see Vistas again.
Finally, it was time for Marsicans to ‘throw [them]selves in’ and to say that I was excited would be an understatement. Mixing beautiful harmonies with their infectious upbeat indie and dirty pop vibes there was no better place to be on Saturday 10th March.
Personal highlights included the ‘We’re Your Friends’ Vulture song (from The Jungle Book) intro before the band came onto the stage and opened with the super catchy ‘Friends,’ the guy in the crowd who kept miming that he was swimming, a nod perhaps to the single ‘Swimming’ or maybe he just wanted to go swimming, and latest single ‘Wake Up Freya.’
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Ever since Coasts released their second album This Life, Vol. 1, we were left wondering “will there be a volume 2?”
The answer my friend is a glorious yes and Coasts announced today that their third album will be released on August 10th.
After a turbulent week of problems with Visas and rescheduling dates on the US dates (it was very stressful and I’m not even going on that tour) we were gifted not only with this wonderful news, but also an acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks (lol we all know that they are all my favourites) “Let Me Love You.”
When I first head LMLY I was floored by the gorgeous lyrics, rich imagery and then the beat kicked in. This time, however, there isn’t a beat to fall back on, and instead the acoustic version feels much more emotionally raw with a vulnerable tone to the vocals. And can we talk about the absolutely sublime piano?
Listen to “Let Me Love You (Acoustic Version)” below.
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Joe Dolman, a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Leamington Spa, just released his new single “Close To Home.” I’ve heard about this song for a very long time now, but wasn’t sure what to expect from it. It was far from anything I could have imagined.
I could use any number of words to try to describe this song. Heartbreaking, poignant, tearjerker. Just plain sad. But the fact is that no words can come close enough to really describing the emotions this song evokes. Joe tells the heart-wrenching story of someone suffering from dementia. His soulful voice delivers the moving lyrics with incredible passion, pairing perfectly with the soft acoustic track.
No matter how many times I listen to “Close To Home,” I always tear up. Even if I manage to make it through most of the track, the last line gets me every single time. Joe has painted a tragically beautiful picture of living with dementia. It’s a song that sheds light on a serious subject that very few artists would choose to focus on. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill pop song engineered for radio play. It’s serious. It’s real. It’s life.
In short, “Close To Home” is a very powerful track crammed full of emotions. Grab a box of tissues before you take a listen. You’ll need them.
Check out the video for “Close To Home” below. It features people sharing their stories of how dementia has affected their lives.
You can also listen on Spotify here.
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So if you know anything about me at all, you know about my love for Coasts. And you probably know that “Wallow” is my favorite song. You’ve probably even heard me fuss about it not being in their set anymore. Now, “Wallow” is an absolutely incredible song. It has umph. It’s one of the few songs in Coasts’ repertoire that lies more on the rock spectrum. It builds intensity with a fade-in then slaps you in the face when it kicks in full force. Chris Caines belts out the catchy lyrics, backed perfectly by bone-rattling percussion and impeccable guitar riffs. And just as the song comes to a climax, it fades out just as quietly as it came in. Perfection.
“Wallow” really speaks for itself. The first time I ever saw Coasts, nearly three years ago, I had no idea who they were and had never heard their music. Their performance of “Wallow” made me think “Hey, I need to pay attention to this band. They’re something special.” It quickly became my favorite song of theirs. But over time I’ve come to have a deeper connection with it. For my first 14 Coasts shows, they always opened with “Wallow.” The fade-in would begin, and every member but Chris would take the stage and play the buildup. As soon as the song really kicked in, Chris would pop out. The perfect entrance. You see, I’ve come to associate “Wallow” with the feeling of seeing my favorite band take the stage. The chills I would feel as soon as I would hear the opening notes. The sheer joy of seeing each of the members come out on stage to start the show, all of my stress just melting away. Coasts shows are my happy place, and “Wallow” takes me back to that. No matter where I listen to it, just for the briefest moment I’m transported back to my happy place. I get a small taste of that euphoria I feel when seeing them live.
I don’t expect everyone to understand how a song can have such a deep impact on someone. Not everyone has experienced that. But everyone deserves to feel that sensation of pure happiness. Not everyone will get it from music or live shows. But no matter who you are, no matter where it may come from, I hope you find your Coasts. I hope you find your “Wallow.”
Check out “Wallow” below.
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Coasts are back with a brand new single, “You Could Have Been The One.” Since they just happen to be not only my favorite band but Danielle’s as well, this calls for another dual review.
The Bristol boys are back at it again with a brand new bop, “You Could Have Been The One.” Fitting in with their name, Coasts have gone with their signature tropical vibe on this track, making it the perfect tune to dance the night away to.
Despite its carefree sound, the lyrics are a bit melancholy. If you have someone in your life that you want to be with, tell them! Otherwise you might find yourself relating to this song a little more than you want to.
After this single, I’m even more anxious to see what Coasts have in store for us with #vol2. Bring it on!
Coasts have done it again with an absolute banger that makes you want to get up and dance. From the party inspired marimba opening notes to the super cute (or is it just me?) vocal effects, “You Could Have Been The One” is oh so very relatable.
Check out the video for “You Could Have Been The One” below!