During a recent band rehearsal-come-industry showcase we were behind or otherwise involved in, a debate sparked up between certain attendees in true chicken-or-the-egg fashion, along the lines of whether it is in the interests of a new act wishing to traverse the so-called distance and “make it” within the music industry. By that, we took it to mean acheiving the sort of inter-business deals and the same level of publicity and/or global commercial success as, say, RIhanna (but this also simultaneously confirmed to us that no one really knows what “getting signed” actually means anymore as it is entirely down to subjective interpretation). To paraphrase, the question was “is it better to have shit songs and a really influential manager, or have good songs and a not-so-influential manager?”. That is to say, in our minds at least, “is the message as important, or more important, than the messenger?”. Certain people left the answer to that question as undecided, but for our part, the music has always been and always shall be the most important thing – ultimately, this is the one part of a band’s career that they cannot fabricate, or at least keep up a fabrication for too long before they get found out. Good songs (as well as a good team around them, mind) seem to be very much at the heart of what Bristol’s Coasts do, which is more than good enough for us – so much so that we’re having them in for this month’s Club Killing Moon on Wednesday 28th March in support of new single Stay which is out the Monday just before (the arty Two Door Cinema Club-stylee tune and video watchable below). Obviously we had some o’ those questions for them…[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T34rU9LUc7w]
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hi, we are Coasts. We all live together in Bristol at the moment and pretty much make music all day everyday, unless we are working (too often) or watching football (not often enough).
KM: Nice. Fraternal. Very cozy. VERY CUSHY FOR YA. We more or less have the following perspective on your football woes, although we have actually been known to watch and once-upon-a-time even played the beautiful game…[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_uOgyBK1c]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
My favourite (Liam/Guitar) is On The Water by Future Islands, I love Samuel Herring’s vocal style and think that the atmosphere of the album is amazing.
KM: We’ll stop you there. First you were all “yeah, Team Coasts 4 LIFE”, now you reveal you’re just one dude answering our questions? HOW CAN WE BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU SAY? Like always, we’ll let it go if you quote a song we also like, which we’re happy to say you’ve done exactly that. Bully for you, Liam.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A34ZDhcmVL4]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Saw Crystal Fighters a couple of times this year and they were ridiculously good, the songs come across so well live. All their synth basses and basque drums sound massive and the songs are really instant so even if you have never heard them before you can be completely blown away.
KM: We were about to lay into you for not properly identifying whether it was you as a plural or individual that saw them-there Crystal Fighters,but you’ve used the word basque in a real description so we’ll let you off. Lucky you (or indeed, lucky you lot).[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D7J6Pfpw28]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
Liam Neeson, he would probably fucking kill me though for doing it.
KM: A damn good choice, and you’re right, he would fucking DO you. No guts, no glory though right?[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVXLzcaMObg]
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Would change day to day but right now probably A Little Respect by Erasure. No idea why but it would make the whole thing more of a laugh, especially if someone is about to shoot me or hang me…
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing In The Name Of.
Coasts release new single Stay through Intruder Records on 26th March, and play Club Killing Moon on 28th March.
Thanks to: Megan @ Theo PR.