Coast To Coast – Interview

We met up with Birmingham rockers Coast To Coast recently to find out what was going on in their world this year. It all seemed like exciting stuff, with a new EP out in October, and you can find more details of that below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently announced your third EP, titled The World Doesn’t Work. What can you tell us about that, and when will it be released?

Josh – It’s 6 of the best songs we have written, each song has its own vibe and I’m stoked to release and play them live. It comes out on 26th October and will be available to download, stream or buy physically on Vinyl or CD.

Is the title a political reference? What is the title a reference to? Do you write about political topics?

Kei – The title isn’t a political reference, it actually refers to the world not working  for me on a personal level. It refers to my perspective on life and how sometimes it can feel as if nothing is really working for me. Dealing with relationships, mental health, money worries, and death can sometimes leave you feeling as if the world doesn’t work.

Do you have any plans for a full length album release? I’m sure your fans would love to hear such a thing!

Alex – We would love to do a full length, we don’t have anything we can really talk about but yeah it’s something that we’ve talked about a lot and it is really a dream of ours.

Kei – Yeah, If this record goes well then that could very well be the next step, we are always writing and working towards the next goal.

The lead single from the EP was a track called Be Kind. What can you tell us about that? Do you have any more singles planned for release?

Kei – Be Kind is probably the most upbeat and bouncy track, so I’m excited to play it live and see how people react. Yeah we have another single planned but we can’t really give away much at the moment. But I can say it’s probably my personal favourite track we’ve produced so far.

Alex – The next single is called The Sun Is Dim, it’s definitely the song that we’re all the most exited about. Hopefully everyone else will like it as much as we do!

You’ve been described as being similar to bands such as Lower Than Atlantis, Fatherson, and Deaf Havana. Would you say that’s a fair comparison? Are you fans of those bands?

Alex – We’re all huge fans of Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana! It’s a big compliment to be compared to those bands. I’d actually not heard anything by Fatherson before this interview but they sound sick too!

What sort of stuff would you say you’re most influenced by, and what have you been listening to recently that you can recommend for our readers?

Kei – For this record specifically I’d say personally bands such as Oasis, Basement and Citizen have been massive influences on my lyrical content. Bands like Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana have been more of an influence on my vocal and singing style.

Alex – Those bands have definitely been a big influence musically too, along with bands like Transit, A Will Away and Pentimento. Check out any of those bands – they’re great.

You’re originally from Birmingham, an area that’s perhaps more well know for its heavy metal scene. What is the music scene like there at the moment, and are there any other local bands you can recommend to us?

Kei – There is a lot of metal, hardcore and pop punk coming out of the Midlands and Birmingham at the moment but I’d like to think we are doing something a bit different! Local bands I’d recommend – probably Layover – a great band and good friends of ours.

We noticed you have a tour coming up in October, with the nearest date to us being at the Key Club in Leeds. Are you excited? Have you played much in this area before?

Josh – We cannot wait to be back playing live, it’s my favourite thing to be doing. We’ve played Leeds a few times including a show in someone’s basement not long ago. That was insanely good.

Why do you think people should see you live, and what can people expect from a Coast To Coast show?

Kei – In the past people have told us that we are better live than on record, which I think is something pretty cool, so come down to a show and see what you think.

Any last words for the fans?

Kei – If you like what you’ve heard from us so far please get down to a show, you won’t be disappointed.