The last concert I attended was at the Sherbourne Common in Toronto and it took place right at the beginning of August. My ears were blessed by the familiar sounds of George Ezra and James Bay. Don’t even get me started on my respect and love for both of those performers, but I am here to discuss the surprise to my ears the day. The opening band of the evening was the UK-based rock band named Coasts.
Coasts was brand new to me, but right away within seconds of the first song starting I was intrigued. They played a set of about seven songs, all somewhat resembling one another in musical styling and sound. Some were faster, some had slightly slower moments, but overall I was very impressed. This band has been around for only a couple years, but their self-titled debut album will be released this autumn. You can bet that I will be on the lookout for that once it gets released.
As far as their actual music, “Oceans” is by far my favourite track that I have been able to listen to so far. Other notable songs that I listen to a lot include “A Rush of Blood” and “Modern Love”. I know some people will disagree with my next statement, but I find their music similar to that of The 1975 (which I absolutely love), but it may just be the all male band with a rock vibe and a very clear British accent in the vocals. If anything, Coasts have a slightly more industrial rock, higher production sound to their music. By higher production I am not referring to the quality, but to the layers of sounds within their songs. I still think their music could be considered quite radio friendly for most popular music stations these days, except for maybe that easy listening softer stations.
Feel free to watch the video below for a taste of their music, or go right ahead and watch the really awesome video for “Oceans” here. It may get stuck in your head, but in the best way possible. #sorrynotsorry