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.

Mulàn’s Newest Single Is “Pure” Bliss

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Mysterious band Mulàn are back at it again with their newest single “Pure.” Despite this being their third release, we still don’t know anything about this band. And I mean we know nothing. But that’s okay, because Mulàn are letting their music do the talking and it says more than enough.

This track delivers exactly what I’ve come to expect from a Mulàn song: an attention-grabbing intro, sultry vocals and luscious synth. While it does contain these similar elements, each Mulàn song still remains completely unique. “Pure” has a lighter feel than its predecessors, very floaty and mellow, making it the perfect track to relax to during these hot summer days.

Check out “Pure” below! 

Album Review: Sacred Hearts Club by Foster The People

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Foster The People released their third album, Sacred Hearts Club, last week. I had heard a few tracks ahead of its release, leaving me uncertain of how I would feel about the album. “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” completely shocked me. This wasn’t the FTP I was used to. When the album dropped in full, I listened to it apprehensively.

Sometimes things just don’t click on the first listen. If you’re in a bad mood or sleepy or just not in the right headspace, it can be hard to truly appreciate something. I found this was the case with the tracks I had previously heard. And within the full album, everything fell perfectly into place. The bright chorus of “Pay The Man,” the happy pop feel of “Static Space Lover,” the driving rock beat of “Lotus Eater.” There are too many amazing musical moments on this album to mention. Then you have the lyrical genius that is Mark Foster. His lyrics are moving, introspective, catchy and clever. He can move you to tears on one track only to have you smiling at the next.

This album has taught me to always be willing to give things a second chance. If I had judged it solely off of the brief snippet of “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” (which I now find to be a total bop) I had heard and not given the whole album a chance, I would have missed out on something truly incredible.

My top 5 tracks (in no particular order):

  1. “Pay The Man”
  2. “Sit Next To Me”
  3. “I Love My Friends”
  4. “Static Space Lover”
  5. “Lotus Eater”

Check out Sacred Hearts Club below!

Ulysses Wells Prove They Have “What It Takes” With New Single

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Back in March, Ulysses Wells made their explosive entrance into the music world with “Taste It.” Today, they released their follow-up single, “What It Takes,” and it does not disappoint.

This track is full of raw emotion, embodied by the grunge sound Ulysses Wells have made their own. You can practically feel the intensity radiating from the passionate vocals, perfectly paired with dynamic guitar.

In short, Ulysses Wells remain a beacon of hope for rock music in an increasingly Top 40 world, refusing to conform with society’s standards of “popular music.” To me, this only makes them stand out above the pack. Keep your eyes on them because they are definitely headed for big things.

Check out “What It Takes” below! 

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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Song Review: “Let Me Love You”

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Leading up to the release of the new Coasts single, “Let Me Love You,” they released a video showcasing the song. This new single promised to be a sound we don’t usually hear from them. And the directional change paid off. At midnight EST in the US I downloaded the new song and have not stopped playing it since. Chris Caines’ vocals come through as honest and sincere in a song begging the question so many want answered, “Why can’t you let me love you?” The song starts as a beautiful melody then blends perfectly as the rhythm ensues to an upbeat sway. If you have no love in your life this song will make you believe that it is possible. If you just believe. For me, that’s enough. Watch the video here.

You’ll too hear the promise and believe as I do. Well done, guys.