Coasts This Life Vol.1 Album Review​

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It’s here, it’s finally here! Coasts second album This Life Vol. 1 is released today and I am absolutely loving it!

Coasts took to their social media channels at midnight last night/ this morning for a listening party. Sadly my phone battery died about 30 seconds in so all I got to hear was that the guys from Coasts went to bingo last night – as if I needed any more reason to love them.

When I first heard the singles from the new album including ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Paradise’ I thought that they had a kind of tropical sounding vibe to them yet that was bringing the party to my door.

Yet compare this to the thought-provoking and often chilling  ‘Let Me Love You’  ‘Chase The Night’ and ‘Born To Die’ you have a well-rounded album that has a more grown up feel to it, referencing topics that are often ignored to great effect.

I loved the constant surprises and curve balls that This Life threw out, I mean like can we talk about the choir in ‘Born To Die’? Totally majestic and so unexpected.

This Life Vol.1 is a revealing insight into issues that many of us face including dealing with mental health demons and highlights that (this) life is not all sunshine and daisies.

So what’s your favourite song from the new album?  I literally can’t decide, I love them all but at a push, I’d have to say from the  singles: ‘Take Me Back Home’ ‘Heart Starts Beating’ (affectionately  known as High Stakes Blackjack) and from the newer songs ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Make It Out Alive’.

I took to Twitter to see what other people’s faves were:

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This Life Vol. 1 charts at No.14 in the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and people of the UK can look forward to Coasts epic 38 date tour in September/October.

I obviously can’t tell you which dates I’m going to (because the guys might find out and that would ruin the surprise of randomly turning up)

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Give This Life Vol.1 a cheeky listen here.

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Gig Review: Saint Motel

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Funky, fresh and recognisable from a number of TV ads including Uber, the 2014 Phones 4 U campaign and most recently Now TV. Music from Saint Motel has featured multiple times on FIFA in both 2015 and 2017. Some readers amongst you may know that Coasts were on the 2016 version. Having never played FIFA myself (maybe once but I’m pretty sure I was rubbish) I’ll have to take the internet’s word for it.

The music genre of the LA foursome has been described as a variety of different styles from indie pop, progressive indie and (my favourite) dream pop. By bringing together a number of different styles and instruments, Saint Motel create an effervescent style which is sure to make you ‘move’

Local Leeds lads Happy Daggers brought the toe tapping, feel good vibes which were simply falsetto-tastic. Personal favourites included
Closer and dance floor filling (ok there were four of us but that still counts right?) Get Yourself Together. Another worthy mention in the keyboard player’s Game Of Thrones t-shirt proclaiming that ‘Winter Is Here’

Victors (also from Leeds) had that electronic pop sound and a whole lot of bass (literally my whole being was vibrating)

‘Stay With Me,’ the first ever song that the band wrote together was an uplifting booty-shaker and I particularly enjoyed ‘Holding On’

Finally it was time for Saint Motel and there were slightly more than four of us on the dance floor, quite an impressive turnout for a Tuesday night actually.

It has been two years since Saint Motel were last in Leeds so to saw that their presence was eagerly anticipated would be an understatement and I was jostled around quite a bit by die hard fans to get to the front. I won in the end.

If I were to describe Saint Motel’s set in three words it would be: explosive, awesome, saxophone.

Really though the sax was one of the highlights of the set and the instantly recognisable intro to ‘Just My Type’ has got me hooked.

There was so many great moments of the night including AJ joining the audience during the encore, high- fives all round and stellar sax solos.
Saint Motel are known to have said that they aim to deliver a ‘big, crazy experience whenever [people come] to see us.” Well they certainly delivered!!! If you are in the U.K. You can catch them at Latitude fest on Friday.

Top tunes of the night included
‘You can be you’ the hippyish ‘Benny Howard’ and the fan favourite ‘My Type’

 

Gig Review: Rupert Stroud

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Rupert Stroud’s latest EP Heart and Soul has been a long time coming and it was with bubbling excitement that I entered the Belgrave last night.

Jade Helliwell opened the stage with a smattering of country classics and songs from her EP. The northern singer impressed with array of new British country sounds interlaced with pop beats.

Next up were The Dunwells or half of them in any case. The pop/rock band from Leeds have been on my radar for quite some time now but up until last night I had always managed to miss them.

With a sound that is bright, bold and somewhat heroic Joe and Dave Dunwell reminded the crowd that we are ‘The Lucky Ones’

Their acoustic cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ was really something else and perfectly showcased Joe’s incredible vocals.

The disastrous floods of Boxing Day 2015-16 affected many of music studios around Leeds and Rupert Stroud was unfortunately one of those artists. It was therefore perhaps not surprising that Rupert has been fairly quiet over the past year, opting instead to play at a number of private venues.

Rupert’s intense, gravelly vocals (even when he’s not doing his batman voice) will instantly grab you, reeling you in.

I loved hearing songs from Rupert’s widely acclaimed back catalogue including the anthemic ‘Way Back Home’ which is pure Yorkshire gold.

‘Trouble’ has always been a particular favourite of mine and I was excited to hear that the song has had a bit of makeover as ‘Demons’

Songs from the ‘Heart and Soul’ EP have a introspective take on what it means to be alive and I loved the acousticy feel of ‘Believe’

Grab your copy of the ‘Heart and Soul’ EP here or on iTunes.

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Coasts announce new album and marathon UK tour

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How are your excitement levels right now? Mine are through the roof and it’s all because of Coasts who made not one but two massive announcements today.

Coasts’ greatly anticipated second album entitled This Life will be released on the 18th August.

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If this wasn’t enough good news for one Wednesday the guys from Coasts also announced a marathon 38 date UK album tour!

Coasts will be playing at many cities where they haven’t been before as well as some of their favourite haunts. So whilst we at Adore worry about how Chris Caines’ voice will hold up, the question isn’t so much will you be going but rather how many of the dates will you be going to?

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Gig Review: Dan Croll

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The transcendent, electronic pop beats with ethereal notes from Peakes set the evening off to a great start with highlights including ‘Waves’ and ‘Spaces.’  

Outlya got the party started early, joining the queue outside the venue before the doors opened with a portable keyboard in hand.  Revving the early comers with a call and response, Outlya had us anticipating more and they definitely did not disappoint as they showed us ‘the light’ on the way to ‘heaven.’ You could even say that we were dancing around the ‘volcano.’ 

On October 16th 2014 a younger version of myself stood in the very same room as I am now (said room being The Wardrobe in Leeds) and that is basically the story of how I fell in love with Dan Croll. 

Fast forward to 2016 and Dan was to appear at that year’s Live At Leeds festival. Insert me awkwardly waving at Dan Croll before realising that Dan did in fact not actually know who the hell I was. Just me, being a crazy woman waving. 

It’s 2017 and Dan Croll is back baby and his second album, Emerging Adulthood is set to be released in July. 

So let us ‘Swim’  ‘Away From Today’  and omg Dan Croll just walked in, somebody hold me! 

New songs from the forthcoming album were seamlessly woven with old favourites including the stunning ‘January’ and ‘Be Alone’ which bears a significant message, very poignant for #mentalhealthawareness week, that everyone wants to be alone sometimes and that it’s ok not to be ok.

A personal highlight of the evening was ‘From Nowhere’ which is actually my ringtone. After hearing the song oh so many times it was a massive privilege to hear it live once again so thanks Dan and I look forward to catching you again soon! 

Don’t miss out on Dan’s UK tour:

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Gig Review: Cattle and Cane

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I have last year’s Live At Leeds festival to thank for introducing me to Cattle and Cane. The folk group fronted by the Hammill siblings played last night at one of my favourite venues in Leeds: The Wardrobe.

As the room swelled with music lovers, the introspective lyrics and simplistic instrumentals of People’s Poem (the support act) filled the air ‘Was I Wrong’ was personal highlight of the soul searching set.

Cattle and Cane, from Teeside, released their second album ‘Mirrors’ earlier this week and are touring the UK to promote the new record.  Tracks from ‘Mirrors’ seamlessly bring together country and folk influences and effervescent 80s pop vibes with stand out tracks including ‘Saviour’ and ‘Dealing with the Devil.’

Even though the album is called mirrors, Helen informed the crowd, there wasn’t a single mirror in the dressing room!

The set included a number of tracks from both the new album as well as old favourites from the previous record which, of course, led to their fans from far a field as Glasgow and Scunthorpe joining in for a Saturday night sing-a-long.

Be sure to catch Cattle and Cane as they head to Masham, Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff. cattle and cane spring tour

Gig Review: Dan Owen

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Upon walking through the doors at the Oporto and seeing the name ARC at the top of the set times list I was sure that I recognised the name from somewhere….had I seen her before?

Turns out that I was right. ARC‘s distinctive nasal vocals make her sets very memorable and I was loving “The Promise.”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when asked to tell a joke you will forget every joke that you have ever heard. Now that I’m writing this however I can actually think of quite a few jokes that I could have told when ARC asked me to tell a joke whilst she tuned her guitar. Alas it was not to be.

“I’m in Love” with Scott Quinn and his beautiful, smooth voice. It’s difficult to pinpoint my favourite song from his set as I was head over heels with them all. From the unreleased “Run” whose deeply emotional lyrics pull at your heart-strings, to the new single “Lovers From Afar” which is set to be released in early May.

It’s my third time seeing Dan Owen perform after seeing him open for Rae Morris last year and I was a total goner. From the moment I first heard “Fall Like A Feather” I knew that I’d be going to see this guy again and again….well here I am I guess.

So the last time I saw Dan Owen at the games room at the Brudnell Social Club it was a very intimate and sweet gig with everyone sitting on the floor. Tonight, however was quite the opposite as the venue at the Oporto was really rather busy actually.

If indie-folk is your thing (and it’s definitely mine) then I would highly recommend that you check out Dan Owen. His deep, gravelly voice accompanied only by a guitar, stomp box and occasional appearance of a harmonica give Dan a rich, mature sound that is all-encompassing.

The raw and emotional “Made To Love You” which was written about a friend’s dysfunctional, abusive relationship was a highlight of the evening for me, highlighting that some of the best songs written come from hurtful experiences and true pain.

The highly anticipated “Little Red Rooster” closed the set with plenty of folky goodness and Dan Owen- the one man band.