Live Review: Coasts @ Shacklewell Arms 29.10.13


Tonight, Coasts brought their tropical sun-drenched melodies to Shacklewell Arms on a crisp(ish) sort of autumn evening here in East London. Arriving on stage with a couple of palm-trees in-tow, the Bristol five-piece managed to make the Shacklewell Arms feel like a home-town show at times with more than a handful of singing/dancing/ mates in the crowd having made it east-bound across the M4. Frontman Chris at one point gave a shout out to one for their… ermm… 17th birthday.

The youthful band are very much in the Friendly Fires ‘mould’ with the 35 minute set revolving around their debut EP ‘Paradise ‘and the upcoming melodic ‘Stay’ which had the room swayed by its huge chorus. Many bands that do the rounds in sweatbox type venues like Shacklewell Arms tend to be a little short material-wise to keep you 100% involved and focused. Coasts however differ from many before them. Come a Little Closer and Your Soul are two songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Radio1 playlist (or Triple J for you Ozzies) while even the newer stuff might not yet be familiar, but you feel a substance to it.

The night was a timely success for the band as they brought their ‘Stay’ tour to a close and the quintet (along with their mates) will have gone back along the M4 feeling a job well done.