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"Coastal Cities - Press Reviews"

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“May be the next big thing (…) one of the brightest lights in British indie right now” (Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music)
“I saw them play in London the other day and they were awesome!” (Jen Long, BBC Radio 1)
“Sounding good!” (Nick Grimshaw, BBC Radio 1)
“More please” (FM4, Austria)

“These young kids should make followers very soon. You only need to hear the irresistible Think Tank to be convinced.” (Les Inrocks, FR)
“They appeal to everyone!” (Le Figaro, FR)
“Coastal Cities are the UK’s next bright young things” (Neon Gold, US)
“Better make room for a new band crush” (Nylon Magazine, US)
“Coastal Cities display a collective unison that all the best groups possess” (Breaking More Waves, UK)
“I could listen to “Think Tank” just about any old time” (Newdust, US)
“what we actually have here is a set of young creative artists that have produced an EP of such skillful design that it simply cannot be ignored (…) Utterly brilliant.” (The Recommender, UK)
“an excellent first release for a young band that has certainly caused a stir with their current material” (7bitarcade, UK)
“world domination in their sights” (Flush The Fashion, UK)
“the EP is going to leave you wanting more” (Shout4Music, UK)
“We are waiting impatiently for more!” (Sound of Violence, FR)
“the track’s jagged guitar lines hook into you and don’t let go” (Clash Magazine, UK)
“joyous, math-inflected guitar pop” (Clash Magazine, UK)
“Do not sleep on this emerging UK indie band named Coastal Cities” (Hypetrak, US)
“ (they) have only just left school and are sure to have a bright future ahead of them” (The Music Ninja, UK)
“it is a song in tune with the times that marks Coastal Cities out as a going concern” (The Blue Walrus, UK)
“Coastal Cities’ exhilarating new single “Relief” is the thrilling follow up to last year’s “Think Tank” EP” (Earmilk, US)
“Fantastic indie-rock” (Newdust, US)
“memorable, dance-inducing” (Shout4Music, UK)
“five teens having a whale of a time producing sparkling, jittery indie-pop” (The Irish Time, IRE)
“I have a feeling they’re going to blossom into a hot topic for many in the coming year.” (Some Kind of Awesome, US/UK)
“These boys are keepers” (Nylon, US)
“it’s pure indie gold” (The Music Ninja, US)
“one of those irresistible songs that can’t just be listened to once” (on The Voyage) (The Blue Walrus, UK)
“These guys are young, cute and full of promise” (Swide Magazine by D&G)
“Coastal Cities return with another slice of intelligent, uplifting guitar-pop” (Kick Kick Snare, US)
“British Sunshine pop” – Song of the Day (Les Inrocks, FR) - Once Upon A Time Music


Still working on that hot first release.



Coastal Cities are a fresh indie-dance band comprised of five teenagers from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The “Think Tank” EP was their first release available digitally December 2011 followed by the release of “Relief / The Voyage this Summer. There will be a new single out this coming November to accompany UK and European dates and the band are currently recording new material for release early 2013.

Declan (guitar/vocals), Sean (guitar) and Lewis (drums) met in school detention during the Summer of 2009 and at once discovered a mutual love of music as well as a shared lethargy with the pop-punk/hardcore bands that dominated the local music scene. The three started practicing together in Lewis’ dad’s garden shed (where they still rehearse today and also shot part of the video for Think Tank) and after recruiting Dan (bass) and William (keys) Coastal Cities was formed.

Inspired by The Smiths, Joy Division and other 80's New Wave bands, but also by dance music and the musical chemistry they discovered between them, Coastal Cities set out to make music people like them could relate to, and dance to. By playing local shows and house parties for friends they quickly created a niche that felt a long way from a local scene they found cliquey and uninviting. The name they chose reflected this. Originally suggested by a friend it sounded nothing like the bands they were keen to separate themselves from but also hinted at places a long way from their hometown.

However, it was when they posted songs on Soundcloud that people (a long way) away from High Wycombe really started to take notice. The Drums tweeted that they couldn’t stop listening to the song “Think Tank” and out of the blue, French music bible Les Inrockuptibles posted about the band on their website calling the same song “irresistible”. Le Figaro followed suit posting about “Night School” which all lead to the band playing live in Paris even before they had played a show in their own capital city