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Lovecoast @ Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Lovecoast @ Rifflandia Festival

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Lovecoast @ Distrikt Nightclub

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada



Danielle Sweeney's sweet but slightly gritty vocals accompanied by some '80s-influenced pop makes for a super catchy song that should be playing in the background of a makeover montage. Put Vancouver Island's Lovecoast on and do a twirl. - CBC Music

Lovecoast brings its blend of old soul, new pop, and infectious beats to the CBC Musical Nooners stage on August 11, 2016. The concert beings at 12 p.m. PT and ends at 1 p.m.

These free, live music concerts happen every weekday from July 8 to August 19 on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street.

See the full lineup
Lovecoast was formed in 2013 after its members met in the music program at Vancouver Island University. Over the last three years the group has developed its sound, released an EP, and earned the attention and fans.

They have brought their fresh sound to festival stages like Pemberton and JUNOfest. Last year, the group placed in the top 10 for the Vancouver region's 2015 Searchlight competition.

The bands new single "The Floor", continues to deliver a new sound that won't go unnoticed. - CBC British Columbia

If there’s one thing that unites Vancouver workers, it’s a good lunchbreak. Whether you’re roofing Trump Tower or pushing papers in RBC, those glorious 30 minutes are often the sole bright spot in a gloomy weekday.

Instead of shutting yourself away inside Subway this week, we recommend heading to the CBC plaza at 700 Hamilton Street at 12pm. With opportunities to check out some of the best local talent and, most importantly, to congregate with other lunch enthusiasts, CBC Vancouver’s free Musical Nooners concerts present a great alternative to riding the desk.

Featuring a blend of folk, blues, and old soul, this week’s sixth installment of the musical series provides a great soundtrack for anyone looking for some midday empathy. Because let’s face it. Work is depressing.

Monday (August 8) puts Roy Forbes in the spotlight. Performing folk music with conviction and authority, Forbes will play his first show in Vancouver since an accident in December left him legally blind.

Tuesday (August 9) will feature the Babe Gurr Trio. Mixing blues, rock, and elements of world music, the Hearts Up to the Sun singer-songwriter will bring her talented band to the plaza to back up her soulful melodies.

Wednesday (August 10) invites David Ward to the stage. Lending his rich voice to thoughtful and engaging lyrics, Ward offers a very personal take on blues and soul.

Thursday (August 11) welcomes the highly anticipated Lovecoast. Blending old soul, fresh pop, and deep grooves, the band offers a unique sound that appeals to both young and old.

Friday (August 12) showcases Saskatoon native Jen Lane. Combining elements of country, roots, and folk, Lane will play the very best tracks from her five first-class studio albums. - The Georgia Straight

Several blocks of Victoria’s downtown core was turned into a sprawling community market for the second annual Car Free YYJ. An excuse to ditch the car on Father’s Day and explore what the best local businesses, artisans, makers, musicians, and food vendors have to offer over several city blocks.

2015’s Car Free YYJ saw over 22,000 people hitting Douglas Street to check out all the cool things this city has to offer. Unfortunately, not many of them made it over to the final summer YYJ Rocktographers showcase only a block away. I was stuck there while all the other Rocktographers got to have fun drinking beers in the sunshine watching great bands play. This year I resolved that I would make it down and see as much as I absolutely could.

It certainly didn’t disappoint. Hordes of people moved down Douglas Street like a salmon run through Goldstream Park in the fall. Sometimes it felt like I was swimming upstream while trying to get from stage to stage, but that’s the fun part. It made me very excited for Rifflandia in September.

Three stages were set up throughout Car Free YYJ. Two earmarked the edges of the street market, and one was smack in the middle. Each were stacked to the brim with great local talent. It would have been impossible to see everything, but I tried. From San Felix to Lovecoast to Carmanah to Mike Edel to Acres of Lions, it was the who’s who of the local scene. The crowds filled with family, friends, other bands, and new fans cheering for every band that played.

Maybe next year, I’ll invent a teleporter so I can see every performer playing at Car Free YYJ and find where all the ice cream stands were hiding. - Rocktographers

One year ago we made the journey up the Sea-to-Sky Gondola in Squamish with Lovecoast. This is the first West Coast Live Original piece we shot just for the sake of shooting it. Lovecoast invited us to shoot it on top of a mountain, giving me the opportunity to show a new set of people how afraid of heights I am while cruising up 885 metres in the gondola.

In the past year Lovecoast has entered the ears and minds of many more listeners. They became the Zone @ 91-3’s Band of the Month and their new single ‘The Floor’ is in regular circulation on the radio. They’ve updated their look and popped up their sound and played gigs on the Island and the mainland. From an outsiders perspective I’d say they’ve had a pretty good 2016 so far. Catch them next at Victoria’s Rifflandia Music Festival on September 15th.

Here is the video we shot with Lovecoast on top a mountain one year ago. - West Coast Live

Demonstrating a wide array of genre influences, Lovecoast kicked off the night with a jam packed set that had the crowd engaged and singing along by the final song, “The Floor”. Earlier in their set, “Right Time” brought a street party feel to it, making you get on your feet and join in on the fun, so make sure to catch Lovecoast at the Song & Surf Music Festival in Port Renfrew February 5-8, 2016.

If you are not familiar with The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers then what you need to know is that, from what I understand, they are a pretty much what the name suggests; a group of gospel singers from Eagle Rock, California. They started their set with “Spirit In The Sky” which really shook the crowd up and had them stomping and clapping along to it. - VIES Magazine

Pemberton Music Festival — Day One: J. Cole, The War On Drugs, Sam Roberts Band, Billy Talent, Givers, Lovecoast, Boyfriend, BAS - A Music Blog, Yea?

Pemberton Music Festival runs from July 15 to 19, but with barely a week to go until the British Columbia event gets underway, the organizers have confirmed a few last-minute additions to the lineup.

The acts who have been added to the bill include Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper, tUnE-yArDs, G-Eazy, Ludacris, the Glorious Sons, Shakey Graves, Basecamp, Allie X, Hey Marseilles, Apollo, Post Malone, ZHU, JPNSGRLS, Letts, Lovecoast, Pomo, Dakota Pearl and Will Ross Band.

The comedy lineup has also expanded with Tim Heidecker and Neil Hamburger, plus comedians Nick Offerman, Dino Archie and Ivan Decker.

These acts are in addition to previously announced performers like Kendrick Lamar, the Black Keys, Weezer, Tiësto, Kid Cudi, Passion Pit, the War on Drugs, Sam Roberts Band, Missy Elliott, Chvrches, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Tobias Jesso Jr., Jack Ü and more.

The daily schedule has been announced and can be seen here. Single-day tickets can be purchased from the festival's website.

Meanwhile, the festival organizers have responded to tweets from fans concerned about the wildfires currently blazing near Pemberton. Apparently the festival site is unaffected, and there are no plans to cancel the event. See the tweets below. -!

Wow, day one has come and gone and after the long wait it was worth it. We are still up here to enjoy the rest of the weekend but wanted to ensure that we shared some of (and I mean just some of) our photos of the events that have been taking place. There will be more to come of all these artists and more crowd shots and of course three more days.

Despite Billy Talent and his high energy in a nostalgic crowd, despite G-Eazy and his welcomed return that included a pop-up performance, despite J. Cole being the man, there were a few performances that stood out to me. First, sticking with the male vocalists, Spooky Black (Corbin) turned to be this awkwardly, well-loved by the ladies, mood musician that I was quite happy to catch.

Lovecoast kicked-off the festival with high energy and amazing vocals, while Allie X posed in her glorious style. Boyfriend perhaps brought a mockingly chic set with her and pumped up the Bass Camp in style. Maggie Koerner was a heartthrob, and near the end of the night another heartthrob hit the stage in Ryn Weaver.

More of our Pemberton day one coverage will come out soon but don’t wait for it, it is the weekend, get up here. What are you waiting for?Ryn Weaver 501

Concert Photography by: Daniel W Young and Melanie Jones - VIES Magazine

Soul-inspired Vancouver indie pop unit Lovecoast dropped their crowd-funded debut EP Chasing Tides last year, and now the four-piece will be taking it out on the road.

Kicking off on May 8 in Squamish, BC, the band will embark on a string of dates across Canada's western provinces. Heavy on the British Columbia dates, the tour will also bring the band into Saskatchewan for a stop in Saskatoon on May 18, as well as a handful of shows in Alberta. The whole jaunt wraps up with a gig on Salt Spring Island on June 5.

In addition to the new dates, Lovecoast have unveiled a brand new video from Chasing Tides single "Help You," and Exclaim! has got the exclusive premiere. The video shows the group weaving through the woods with a vintage chesterfield, encountering a decoratively lit passage and some festive balloons along the way. They eventually make it to a cottage on the water, set the couch down and take in the lovely scenery.

Scroll past the upcoming tour dates below to watch the video for "Help You," which was directed by Raymond Knight of Knight Studio Productions.

Tour dates:

05/08 Squamish, BC - Match Eatery & Public House
05/09 Squamish, BC - Match Eatery & Public House
05/15 Grinrod, BC - Riverfront Pub
05/16 Banff, AB - Elk & Oarsman
05/18 Saskatoon, SK - Capitol Music Club
05/19 Lloydminster, AB - The Root
05/20 Edmonton, AB - The Mercury Room *
05/21 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice ^
05/22 Calgary, AB - The Palomino Smokehouse ^
05/23 Kelowna, BC - The Streaming Café %
05/28 Nanaimo, BC - The Queens $
05/29 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl Social Club %
05/30 Squamish, BC - Howe Sound Brewing Co%
06/04 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar #
06/05 Salt Spring Island - Moby's Pub ~

* with Brian Christensen & The Royal Foundry
^ with Windigo
% with Paperboy and the Messengers
$ with Band of Rascals
# with Winston Wolfe & San Felix
~ with Brothers

Lovecoast - "Help You" [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] -

I caught up with Danielle Sweeney, singer for Lovecoast, while she was visiting her parents in Squamish. Over the noise of the passing trains and the family’s frisky dogs I managed to get some of the scoop as to what the band is up to.

Where is Lovecoast based?
We’re a weird band because we don’t live in the same place. I live in Vancouver and all the guys live in Nanaimo. I’m moving to Victoria in the Fall, though, so then we’ll all be on the Island. We all went to VIU (Vancouver Island University) together — we all did the music program there.

How did the band start?
The band started with a member who is no longer with us. Me and Scott (Verbeek) started the band. We were just doing cover gigs for a while. Then we started writing. That was in our hometown of Squamish. Finally we decided that we like writing more than playing other people’s songs. So then we figured we needed more than voices and guitars. Jesse (McNeill) and Andrew (Fraser) were the first ones to join us, on bass and drums. Two of the best musicians I know, so it was a no-brainer they were the right guys to go with. Mike (Clement) is our new guy on guitar. He joined about 3 months ago.

How long have you been together?
Lovecoast started in 2013. We needed a name because we’d joined a contest to play at the Squamish Festival. We didn’t end up winning, but we came in third. That was out of 500 bands, so it motivated us to keep going.

What have you recorded so far?
After doing a short demo we did our EP ‘Chasing Tides’ with Tom Dobrzanski. We don’t have a timeline for it but there is definitely more music coming. We’ve figured out how to pay for it, which is nice. We signed with a booking agent who got us some really awesome gigs. We will have a full album out by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is changing. It’s evolving into more indie jazz-pop. We used to be more traditional jazz based. You can hear that on songs like “Twisted”. But now we are getting more into the pop realm. Into the soul realm.

Where does your music come from?
A lot of our songs are inspired by the coast. Hence the name, Lovecoast. It has a lot to do with our environment, what surrounds us. We get inspiration from that. For me, as a songwriter, it’s about life experiences. Heartbreak, loving things, caring about people, learning more about yourself. And, yeah, a lot of bashing ex-boyfriends as well.

Is the music evolving?
We are in a transition phase with our new guitarist. And we have more of an idea of where we want to go. We’re experimenting more than we used to. We have a synth now, and we add a horn section quite a bit. They’re all friends of ours. We have a joke, actually, that I am the only one who is not also in the band Dope Soda.

What is your songwriting process?
I am the primary writer when it comes to lyrics and melody, although sometimes someone else may come in with an idea and say that’s how they want the melody to come out. Everyone is responsible for their own parts, but when it comes to the construction of the lyrical content we make sure that everyone is behind it.

What do you guys have planned for this year?
Last year we won a spot on the Tall Tree Festival, which was super fun to play. This year we are playing the Wapiti Festival in Fernie. We are actually playing at the women’s FIFA World Cup. We’re doing a Whitecaps game. A lot of random stuff.

We came in the top ten in the Vancouver regions 2015 Searchlight competition, and we were on the CBC a ton. It was my first experience of walking through a parking lot and hearing someone play my song on the radio.

We just completed a video for “Help You”. We did it on Ruxton Island. Our drummer has a cabin there. We did it with Knight Studio Productions out of Nanaimo. It’s all one shot. We did it in one take, which was great because we went, “Oh good, we don’t have to do that again.”

You guys are heading out on the road?
Yeah, we’re excited to be touring. It will be our first time in Lethbridge. Our first time in Lloydminster. Our first time in Saskatoon. It’s the furthest we’ve gone. Looking forward to playing and meeting some new friends.

There’ll be a couple of singles out before the album. We’ve just been playing so much. As soon as this tour is done new music is our absolute priority. - Ride the Tempo

Formed in 2013, Vancouver’s Lovecoast has been enjoying swift success. Last year alone they won a spot at the Tall Trees Music Festival and made the regional Top Ten in CBC’s Searchlight contest, the national broadcaster’s annual hunt for Canada’s best new artist.

Building on that heightened awareness and momentum saw them opening for acts like Five Alarm Funk, The Dudes, Dan Mangan and Close Talker. They crowdfunded an EP on Indiegogo, and have currently hit the road in support of that.

Chasing Tides also happens to be produced by Juno-nominated producer/engineer Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas (Hey Ocean!, Shad, We Are The City, Said The Whale), so their self-described West Coast inspired indie R&B/soul -pop is set to get the notice of audiences from Squamish to Alberta, along with a wee jaunt into Saskatchewan before their tour wraps up in early June back home in B.C.

Love coast has a stop here in Calgary at The Palomino Smokehouse May 22, and they are anxious to return. They recall the crowds were enthusiastic and the food was amazing when they were here last- a perk of the venue.

I caught up with them on the phone as they were en route to their second tour stop, and chatted about the band (Danielle Sweeney, Jesse McNeill, Andrew Fraser and Mike), their style and influences, and how to properly pronounce Dobrzanski’s name.

For a young band with an entirely contemporary sound, there are plenty of old soul influences for each of them, and at least a couple of the members tip their hats to an eclectic assortment of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, Gwen Stefani, Amy Winehouse, as well as lesser known jazz performers. That might have something to do with a Vancouver Island University music program degree in common…

Regardless of where the music springs from, the sounds are funky and infective on Chasing Tides, and the music video for Help You gives you a pretty good idea of what you’ve got in store seeing them live.

Lovecoast is currently on a tour of Western Canada, stopping in Calgary on May 22 at the Palomino Smokehouse.

You can listen to the entire audio interview with Lovecoast from my podcast site, or download it for free from iTunes (ThatDanGuy’s Podcast). - Calgary Herald

Upcoming Show: Electric Owl

When: May 29, 2015 (early show with doors at 7:30)

Reason You Should Go: It is going to be a real awesome night. We are playing with friends of ours, they are called Paperboy and the Messengers. They are really awesome, like dirty blues rock. Just ridiculously talented guys. DJ’s on after us and secret guests that I am not allowed to disclose, but will be announced the week of the event.

Sound/Genre: West coast soul-pop. We try to keep things pretty upbeat. Probably closest comparisons are Hey Ocean! and Lake Street Dive, but of course we try to do our own thing.

Where They Got Their Name: I forgot to ask. I never ask this question, seriously.

My Favourite Part of the Interview: You will have to read when she said who her guilty pleasure was, and her wish.

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Who is Lovecoast?

We are a four piece band from, basically, all over the place. We have been a Vancouver based band for the last couple of years but we are slowly but surely moving ourselves over to the Island, just because three of our players, right now, are based in Nanaimo. We all met in Nanaimo at Vancouver Island University. All four of us went to the music program there.

What is the weirdest comparison you have had?

The guy compared us to Sublime mixed with Jack Johnson and we were like ‘wha….t’.

Someone you are really impressed and happy to be compared to?

Oh, Lake Street Dive, they are the ones that every time someone says that I’m like wow. It’s funny because it happens al the time. It is always the same bands and it is the same kind of people that are huge Lake Street Dive… um, do you know Lake Street Dive at all?

Yeah, I have my picture taken with her while I’m eating a hotdog

Oh nice, so you know what I am talking about! They are unbelievable but they are still relatively underground. Everyone knows who they are so when people say that they are diehard fans, that is when I am ‘wow’, that is a huge compliment in my eyes. I’m a big fan of theirs.

How long have you been playing together as a band?

Lovecoast started in 2013 with myself and a guy named Scott who is no longer in the band. He recently moved on to another project. So, we have been around since then but with these four guys, well Mikey, the newest member, only joined about three months ago so that is how new the newest member is. The rest of us have all been here for around the last year and a half. Where we are now, and with the complete band, I would say we are about a year in the making.

With a lot of work, Lovecoast released an EP in November that was recorded with Tom Dobrzanski at Monarch Studios and has just released their first official music video for the EP. This means it is time to hit the road. After making their way out to Saskatoon, the band is now currently somewhere in Alberta but they are making their way back to Vancouver where you can catch them at the Electric Owl on May 29, 2015.

A bit about Danielle Sweeney:

Grew up in: Squamish

Grew up listening to: Joni Mitchell

Blue is my musical Bible
Guilty pleasure: Adele

I wish she would stop having babies and put out more albums
The most influential musician as a whole: If you look at an artist like Beyonce, she has a great message. If you look at her as a whole, not only is she unbelievably talented but she is a strong independent woman and she kind of puts out a good message to girls everywhere. But she doesn’t write any of her own stuff so… I seriously have to go back to Joni Mitchell

First concert: So embarrassing, mine is the Baby One More Time, Britney Spears tour - VIES Magazine

With a new EP and a string of West Coast appearances on the way, Lovecoast is a Vancouver-based indie soul, R&B pop group that is dance driven and highly energetic. Prior to their show May 29 at Electric Owl, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with vocalist Danielle Sweeney.

24: Tell me about the origins of Lovecoast and how the group formed.

DS: Lovecoast formed in 2013 out of Squamish, B.C. Slowly, but surely, we’ve evolved into a band that mainly reside in Nanaimo so we consider ourselves a Vancouver/Vancouver Island band. All four of us met about four years ago at Vancouver Island University while attending the jazz degree program. Over the years we played in multiple projects together at different times, and finally we’ve found ourselves in a place where we all get to play together. We’re all really great friends so it’s awesome to get to work together on a project we all really believe in.

24: Was there an immediate common musical bond and how important is it for band members to have similar influences?

DS: We all attended music school together so there is a definite common influence that stems from our love for classic Jazz, Motown, R&B and Soul. While on the road we obviously spend a lot of time in the car listening to music. We love listening to incredible musicians like Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck and modern artists like Allan Stone, Sublime and Lake Street Dive. On the other hand we definitely all have our own personal influences that relate more to our individual instruments. I think it’s cool that we have similar influences and that we can drive in a car for 24-plus hours and all like the playlist. Do I think it’s important for a band? In certain ways, but I don’t believe it’s crucial. One of the things we enjoy most about making music together is that we our differences complement each other.

24: You’ve done a lot of bar gigs but also taken the stage at festivals, obviously two very different types of environments. How does your performance change given the gig?

DS: Our sound is evolving constantly right now. We’re so new and really just getting started so we have a lot of new material constantly being tried out. We are fortunate to be playing a lot, but I don’t think our performance changes due to the venue. It all depends on the crowd, the night and the bands we are playing with among other things. Those are the things that really make a show an awesome show. We put do our best to put 100% in always, musicality comes first no matter the stage. Not to mention playing with these guys is just simply fun.

24: Tell us about the album Chasing Tides.

DS: Chasing Tides was our debut EP that we released in November 2014. We raised over $5,000 via crowd-funding platform Indiegogo. It was really great to know we had so much support before we had even released anything. The EP was produced by Juno-nominated producer/engineer Tom Dobrzanski (Hey Ocean!, Said the Whale, We are the City) at Monarch Studios in Vancouver. It was an absolute dream working with Tom, we have all been fans of The Zolas (Tom’s band!) since we were in high school. Working with Tom on ‘Chasing Tides was so great we’ve actually just locked down more studio time with him and can’t wait to work with him again.

24: What’s both the short- and long-term goal for Lovecoast?

DS: Short term we want to finish our LP. We are beyond excited to get back in the studio and bang out some tunes we’ve been working on for awhile now. Of course, all of this will be after an awesome summer of festivals alongside some amazing bands like Gob, Rah Rah, and The Dudes. Long term we just want to keep playing/making music. That’s all we can really ask for. As long as we keep working hard and pushing ourselves I think we can keep this up for awhile. It’s the best job in the world so we’d all like to keep it.

24: Is there any particular significance with the band name?

DS: Lovecoast is self explanatory. Love - coast. We love it here, it’s the most beautiful place in the world and we are happy to call the West Coast home. It doesn’t have much more significance, it actually came about because myself and a previous member had started the band without a name, we entered a contest to win a spot at Squamish Valley Music Festival and realized we couldn’t do it without a name. We actually ended up coming in second place right behind our now good friends Vancouver Indie Rock band Derrival. Things happen for a reason. - 24HRS Vancouver

It is always a guaranteed good time at a Lovecoast show, and last Friday was no exception at The Electric Owl.

Starting off the evening was Vancouver’s own Kristie McCracken who filled the room with her soulful voice. The singer-songwriter recently released her first full-length album, Let Go & Grow and had a lovely vintage-soul vibe to her set. McCracken will be playing a show at the Hard Rock Casino on June 13th.

Vernon’s Paperboy and the Messengers brought a different level of energy to the evening. Described as rock ‘n’ soul, the band rocked both the stage and their coordinating outfits. What certainly tied the evening together was soul, and the different ways the genre seamlessly blends in music.

Nearing the end of their Western Canada tour, Lovecoast brought their signature soul pop sound to the room at The Electric Owl and those attending to their feet. Their set list of the evening includes songs from their debut EP Chasing Tides and a cover of Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back”. - ASAP Music Blog

BC indie band Lovecoast is all about vibes. With members from beautiful Vancouver, Nanaimo and Squamish, Lovecoast channels the relaxed feel of West Coast living with its blend of soul, jazz and R&B. We got the band to play a game we like to call Firsts, Lasts and Favourites before its Edmonton show in support its 2014 EP Chasing Tides.

Danielle Sweeney – Lead Singer

First Album: Backstreet Boys, Backstreet’s Back
First Concert: Britney Spears, Baby One More Time Tour
Last Album: James Bay, Chaos and The Calm
Last Concert: Five Alarm Funk
Favourite Album: Joni Mitchell, Blue
Favourite Musical Guilty Pleasure: Adele

Jesse McNeill – Drummer

First Album: Diamond Joe White, High Rider
First Concert: The Eagles
Last Album: D’Angelo, VooDoo
Last Concert: Five Alarm Funk
Favourite Album: Barenaked Ladies, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)
Favourite Musical Guilty Pleasure: Meshuggah

Andrew Fraser – Bass

First Album: Hit Zone 4
First Concert: Bryan Adams
Last Album: The Roots, … And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Last Concert: Robert’s Hall
Favourite Album: The Roots, How I Got Over
Favourite Musical Guilty Pleasure: The 1975

Mike Clement – Guitar

First Album: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon
First Concert: My dad playing at Kispiox Music Festival
Last Album: Ray Brown Trio, Bam Bam
Last Concert: Christian McBride Trio
Favourite Album: Steely Dan, Aja
Favourite Musical Guilty Pleasure: Chromeo

Wed, May 20 (8 pm)
With Brian Christensen
Brixx - Vue Weekly

Lovecoast brings West Coast vibes to Calgary with Western Canada Tour
Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:38 WRITTEN BY ATO BAAKO

Vancouver based band continue to shine with unique sound and upbeat stage presence.

Lovecoast has been captivating audiences since their conception in 2013.

With their debut EP Chasing Tides, produced by Juno-nominated Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas, the April 8 release of the music video for the current single 'Help You' and a Western Canada tour wrapping up June 5, Lovecoast is bringing passion and energy to the stage.

The four bandmates — Danielle Sweeny on vocals, Andrew Fraser on bass, drummer Jesse McNeill, and guitarist Mike Clement — studied music together at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C., but it wasn't until post-graduation that the band decided to make music together.

"We all studied music there, so we've known each other for four or five years now," says Sweeny in a phone interview. "We kind of just came together, it wasn't something that we ever really planned."

Besides a common love for music — each musician is classically trained in jazz —Sweeny says that the strong friendship within Lovecoast has been one of the most fortunate parts of their music journey.E lovecoast-10-of-59 0226095204287 16x9 620x350
Lovecoast formed in 2013 is captivating audiences with West Coast inspired indie R&B/soul pop. The band will be touring Western Canada until June 8.

Photo courtesy of Matt Lineker Photography

"Having a creative outlet, to do this kind of stuff its nice that we all genuinely get along," she says.

Lovecoast's sound is a harmony of genres, creating what the band describes as West Coast inspired indie R&B/soul pop.

"We are influenced by those genres, so we take aspects of those genres and apply that to our writing process. So in general all of our songs equally borrow different genres, where we feel they fit best," says bassist Fraser.

Following a top 10 regional spot on CBC's Searchlight in 2014 and a spot on the World Ski & Snowboard Festival roster that same year, Lovecoast says the accomplishments have been gratifying and a testament to hard work.

"Even being in the top 10 for Searchlight has been cool. There are so many little things. Releasing our EP and touring Western Canada for now the second time," Sweeny says. "I would say that all those little things have come together to make all those highlights."

In fact the band raised more than $5,000 for their 2014 debut release Chasing Tides through donations raised via Indiegogo. In addition to fan support Lovecoast also received help from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), another accomplishment to be proud of.

"It was awesome. I mean I couldn't believe it I thought it was surprising and also very humbling that there were that many people out there that were willing to help us get to where we wanted to get to accomplish what we wanted to accomplish," McNeill says.

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Check out Lovecoast at The Palomino Steakhouse May 22.

Photo courtesy of Lovecoast
With the track 'Help You' and a tour, which kicked off May 8 in Squamish, the band has added more stops this time around and learned a lot about life on the road.

Sweeny says touring is always a learning experience and this year the band is excited to be playing with other great bands they have met and better driving conditions doesn't hurt.

"Road conditions, yeah, are a lot better. November was not the best. We probably won't tour in November, at least not Western Canada," jokes Sweeny. "This [tour] has definitely been a lot smoother than the first one".

Lovecoast will be taking to the stage at The Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary on Friday, May 22.

"People can expect to see some well performed music, and they can expect to wanna dance their little butts off. Just to feel the good West Coast vibes that we like to bring to our performances," says gutiarist Clement.

Check out Vancouver's Lovecoast at

Watch the Lovecoast 'Help You' music video directed by Knight Studio
Productions on Exclaim!

Listen to "Help You" and the rest of our Debut EP Chasing Tides - The Calgary Journal

Walking off the ferry, Squamish’s Danielle Sweeney had to make sure she was hearing correctly.

Inside someone else’s car radio, she and Lovecoast bandmate Jesse McNeill heard their song “Help You” being blasted. It was a moment she’ll treasure for a long time.

“It was a very cool feeling,” she said.

“We ran back into our car and put on CBC and we managed to hear the end of it. I thought it was just so cool for us.”

Lovecoast has been all over CBC recently, after the band advanced to the regional top 10 for the second straight year in the CBC Searchlight contest. Sweeney, the lead singer for the band, said the group has built on the momentum they created in 2014.“I think this year we got so much more out of it,” she said. “CBC played us a ton and we had so many friends tell us they heard our music or that CBC had mentioned us.”

The band underwent a change from last year, with guitarist and Squamish native Scott Verbeek moving on and being replaced by Mike Clement. Sweeney said it’s been a smooth transition. “We all went to Vancouver Island University together so we’ve been friends for years,” she said.

Another new wrinkle to the group is representation from the Jeff Turner Entertainment Group. Sweeney said signing on with them has opened up several new opportunities for the band.

Lovecoast appeared at Surrey’s Party for the Planet Earth Day event in April and will have a big summer of appearances, including half-time at a Vancouver Whitecaps 2 game and at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. They’re also performing at the Wapiti Music Festival in Fernie in August. But Squamish has always been home for Sweeney and Lovecoast has three local stops on its tour, which runs from May 8 to June 5.

The band plays Match Public Eatery at Chances Casino on Friday (May 8) and Saturday (May 9) and then returns to Squamish to perform at the Howe Sound Brew Pub on May 30.

“It’s our first time at Match and I think it’s going to be so much fun,” she said, noting they’re playing outside on the patio. “It’ll be a little more laid back and intimate, and it’ll be so nice to have family and friends in the audience.”

It’s the second time Lovecoast has played at the Brew Pub, and Sweeney said it’s going to be a special show. “We really love it there and we’re bringing in some really special guests to play with us,” she said. Paperboy and the Messengers, which she calls “a dirty blues band,” will also perform.

The tour sees Lovecoast make its debut in Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Lloydminster and return to several others during the 14-date tour throughout Western Canada.

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An indie pop jazz band out of Vancouver, they recently made a stop at the Slice here in Lethbridge as they tour across Western Canada. - Shaw Go! Southern Alberta

hen friends meet and bond over their love for jazz music and pop music, Lovecoast is what happens.
The Nanaimo based quartet will show their new pop direction when they stop by the Slice, May 21 with Calgary indie pop band Windigo and local indie rock act the Utilities plus Sam MacKey and Kieran Strange.Lovecoast plays the Slice, May 21. Photo submitted

They recently welcomed aboard new guitarist, old friend and fellow Vancouver Island University graduate Mike Clement to the fold and are excited to begin the tour with him, not to mention new music.

“ Our other guitarist Scott Verbeek left to play in a funk band called Zuko Picnic with Tayo Branston from Five Alarm Funk and the perfect guys for a project like that,” said lead singer Danielle Sweeney, packing the van with her bandmates at their rehearsal space outside of Nanaimo.

“Mikey is an old friend but a new player. He plays with the other guys (drummer Jesse McNeill and bassist Andrew Fraser) in a ska/ reggae band called Dope Soda. So they were even more excited to spend even more time together,” she said.
The are excited about the new tour which will take them to a few places for the first time including Grindwod , B.C, Lethbridge and Saskatoon.

“ That’s the farthest east we’ve ever been and Grindrod is this tiny town outside of Kelowna. And we’ve heard great things about Lethbridge and the Slice . I hear there’s a bed on the roof,” she laughed.
“We’re playing with Windigo who are really familiar with Lethbridge and of course the Utilities. So you know what to expect there,” she said, adding the audience should get ready to dance when they take the stage.

“ We’re a more upbeat dancey band. I’m right in front dancing my face off and the guys all have degrees so they really know their instruments. So I’ll step back and let them show off,” she described.

“ You could describe us as west coast indie soul,” she said, adding while the whole band is from all over B.C, she is pleased they have chosen Nanaimo as their home.
“ Jesse is from Nanaimo, Andrew is from Chilliwack and Mikey is from Prince George.
Me and Scott were from Vancouver, but all of our friends are from Nanaimo,” she said, adding they were happy to relocate the band there.

“ Nanaimo is a university town. Every bar has live music at least at jazz trio playing she said,
“ And Victoria is phenomenal. It’s even better than Vancouver for a scene. It’s a weird little cultural hub,” she said.

“There’s more people there for the music. People are there to support the bands. Even people who aren’t musicians. In Vancouver it’s more of a social thing. It’s a lot more schmoozy,” she observed adding the biggest cost for the band is the ferry ride to the mainland.

“ It’s only an hour and 45 minutes, so it is more a matter of cost than time. It costs $500 to take the ferry over and back. But luckily they take Save On points so we have a lot of aunts and moms who do a lot of grocery shopping and want to help us succeed,” she said.

Lovecoast has made the Top 10 in the past two CBC Searchlight competitions, but she said the most important thing about it is meeting the other bands involved.
“ That’s how we met Windigo. We met them and they ended up setting up a show for us in Calgary. So it’s been really cool getting to know all of these other musicians,” she said.

Lovecoast are working on a new full length album which they plan to have completed by winter of this year or more likely early 2016.

“We’re just starting to talk about how to fund it,” she said.
“We’re taking our time with this one,” she said.

“ For the Chasing Ideas EP, we sat on the songs for a long time so when we went into the studio, we were ready,” she said.
“We had a four month turnaround time from the time we stepped into the studio from the time we ended the tour,” she said. They recorded the EP with the Zolas’ Tom Dobrzanki and will also record the full length with him.

“For this one, Jesse wants to go back to school, so the tour won’t be as long. This will be the longest tour we’re doing. We’ve got some new songs we’ll be playing on this tour so they’ll be properly shedded. Others we’re keeping to ourselves,” she said adding the new music will push the band in a more pop direction.

“ The EP was very jazzy. We’re stepping away from that. We’re adding synth which I’ll be playing. And the sound will be more radio quality because we want people to buy it,” she continued.

“We’re stoked about it,” she said.
Lovecoast, Windigo and the Utilities rock the Slice with Sam MacKey and Kieran Strange, May 21 beginning at 7 p.m. there is a $6 cover for the show. - L.A. Beat - The Lethbridge Alberta Beat

May 21 was a night to catch local bands I hadn’t seen for a while.Lovecoast playing pop music at the Slice, May 21. Photo by Richard Amery

So I was pleased to catch most of the set from local indie rock/ alt country band the Utilities at the Slice, May 21 for a good sized Thursday night crowd.

The spirit of ’90s alt country rockers Wilco was strong in the band, who also were reminiscent of early Northern Pikes.

So there were plenty of jangling Stratocasters and melodic vocals.

In places they were reminiscent of the Tragically Hip while at other times they had a pop punk/ power pop feel.
They wound down their set with a new song and a cover of Wilco’s “Out of Sight Out Of Mind,” which they noted they hadn’t played live since first forming in Grade 10.The Utilities opening for Lovecoast, May 21. Photo bY Richard Amery

Lovecoast was up next and they were all about soulful pop, tasteful guitar and plenty of groove heavy bass.

Their musicianship was top notch. Lead singer Danielle Sweeney danced with herself on stage as she sang gorgeous soul and pop music reminiscent of neo soul /pop bands like the Alabama Shakes and Adelle.

The guitar solos were just perfect and you couldn’t stop that groove that you couldn’t help but to tap your feet too. I was surprised there weren’t many dancers as was Sweeney, who convinced a couple more to get on the floor.

“I’ll be Waiting For You” was one of many highlights as was “ Our Days.” They wound down their set with an exotic number.
Unfortunately I missed closing act Windigo.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Edito - L.A. Beat - The Lethbridge Alberta Beat

“If you’re going to come to our show bring your dancing shoes and get ready to move,” warns Lovecoast frontwoman Danielle Sweeney.

After releasing their first EP Chasing Tides earlier this month, the Vancouver-based band is set to play Banff on Sunday night as part of their first Western Canada tour.

Produced by Juno nominated Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas, the album shows off the young band’s old soul.

Inspired by classic legends such as Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye, Lovecoast uses modern influences, such as Lake Street Dive, Said the Whale and Hey Ocean!

“We’re kind of a total mess when it comes to describing ourselves because we’re all over the place. We define it as west coast indie soul-pop. Basically, we’re really dancey,” said Sweeney. “That’s the one thing you can expect from our show — all of us are dancing around, going crazy and usually getting really sweaty. So it’s nice when people are dancing with us and getting sweaty as well.”

The band started out as a cover duo, with Sweeney and guitarist Scott Verbeek providing background music for the late night lounge and bar scene in Squamish.

The two musicians, who knew each from high school but had never played music together before, got together after they finished university on opposite coasts — Sweeney at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo and Verbeek at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

“We were both sitting there with our hands in the air — we didn’t know what to do. We have music degrees, what next? So the logical step was find the other person in town with a music degree and start playing,” said Sweeney.

While Verbeek used to play in a “teen power kid” band called Black Suede that got to open for the Trews, Sweeney was a self-proclaimed “musical theatre nerd.”

“I didn’t even know that I had any interest in being in a band or even going to jazz school at the time I was completely focused on going to school for musical theatre,” she said.

Ironically, Sweeney wasn’t confident enough in her dance skills to pursue a career on Broadway.

“I can dance to my own music on stage and I can dance in a bar, but remembering a routine and counting at the same time is not my thing. Tap dancing? Not my thing,” she said.

After forming the band in June 2013, they began to look for a bass player and a drummer to flesh out their sound — leading to the recruitment of fellow jazz majors Andrew Fraser and Jesse McNeill, in April of this year.

The band has known a lot of success in a short period of time, winning a spot in Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew, B.C. and earning a top 10 spot for CBC searchlight in Vancouver.

“It’s always nice to get the yes — because you’re going to hear 20 times more noes than you’re ever going to hear yeses when you choose to be any sort of an artist,” said Sweeney.

Lovecoast will be playing a three-hour set at the Elk & Oarsman on Sunday Nov. 23.

“It’s a Sunday night, so we really want people to come out. We promise a good time and we’re hoping that it can just be a blast,” said Sweeney. - Crag & Canyon

Danielle Sweeney, lead singer of Lovecoast and BC native, didn’t have the best luck the last time she came to Edmonton.

“I got lost in West Edmonton Mall!” she laughs over the phone from Vancouver. “They were announcing my name over the loudspeaker and everything for my parents to come get me.”

To be fair, she was only eight at the time. Now, Sweeney and her band members aim to melt a little of Edmonton’s frost with its dancey brand of upbeat jazzy-soul-pop.

Lovecoast is a tight unit of snappy drums, funky baselines, fluid guitar chording and smooth vocals. The band’s new independent EP Chasing Tides—five breezy tracks that touch on relationships and the West Coast life—sounds effortless, but it takes a lot of work to be so easy. The rhythm section, drummer Jesse McNeill and bass player Andrew Fraser, live on Vancouver Island while Sweeney and guitarist Scott Verbeek live in Vancouver.

Practices, and Lovecoast’s first tour, have to be squeezed in on weekends as all four have day jobs. The young band—the oldest member is just 24—has already tasted success even though the players have been a unit for less than a year. Lovecoast reached the final stages of CBC’s Spotlight contest a mere three weeks into its formation, and the band has rocked festival stages and opened for its heroes Five Alarm Funk. Plus, the tour kick-off shows in Vancouver and Sweeney’s hometown of Squamish went off pretty well.

“My kindergarten teacher showed up and was just loving it, which was amazing and fun,” Sweeney says. “There was a two-hour waitlist to get in. We couldn’t believe how much support we got.”

Edmonton is a fair bit colder than the west coast—the tour van has a block heater, something that’s not standard in Vancouver—but Sweeney says she’s keen to bring warm vibes.

“Definitely bring your dancing shoes,” she says. “We’re going to have a party up on stage. And hey, if you want some songs for hating on your ex, we’ve got some great ‘fuck-you’ songs too!”

Sat, Nov 22 (8 pm)
With Brian Christensen
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High school classmates Danielle Sweeney and Scott Verbeek had crossed paths many times over the years, but it was a common interest that would ultimately merge those paths together.

Their soul-pop group Lovecoast plays at the Queen’s with Tower and Trees and the Wild Romantics this Friday (Nov. 14).

“Scott and I have known each other for our entire lives,” Sweeney told the News Bulletin. “We both grew up in Squamish and we weren’t actually that close in high school.”

After high school Sweeney and Verbeek’s paths would take them to opposite sides of the continent.

“He went to Boston to go to Berklee College of Music and then I went to Vancouver Island University,” Sweeney said. “We both graduated at the same time.”

Following graduation the two moved back to Squamish.

“When we moved back we were both like ‘well we just finished music school, maybe we should play some music together’ and we started doing cover gigs,” Sweeney said. “Then we started writing and it just kind of happen naturally and after a few months we decided we really needed to fill this out.”

The duo decided to recruit bass guitarist Andrew Fraser and drummer Jesse McNeill, both of whom Sweeney had met while she was a music student at Vancouver Island University.

“We really needed a rhythm section,” Sweeney said.

With the addition of Fraser and McNeill, the self-described “West Coast-indie-soul-pop” band known as Lovecoast was born.

“We do pretty broad spectrum of styles,” Sweeney, vocalist for Lovecoast said about the band’s music. “At our shows, we just want to have everyone dancing.”

On Friday (Nov. 14) Lovecoast will be playing at the Queen’s as part of their Western Canadian tour. For Sweeney, Fraser and McNeill their stop in the Harbour City will have a bit of a homecoming feel to it.

“We’re really excited to get all of our music school friends out and show them what we’ve been up to since we left school,” Sweeney said. “It is almost like a hometown show for us.”

Lovecoast’s Western Canadian tour will take them through Victoria, Kelowna and Alberta and will see them play with as many as 10 different bands.

“I am really excited about that and getting to make new friends,” Sweeney said.

Earlier this month Lovecoast released their debut record, a five-song EP titled Chasing Tides.

“We’re just super, super stoked to put out something that is super high quality,” Sweeney said.

Chasing Tides was recorded at Monarch Studios in Vancouver and was produced by Juno nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski.

“He was the best person for the job,” Sweeney said about Dobrzanski. “We couldn’t have asked for anyone better.”

In order to fund their debut EP, Sweeney, who also took an arts and entertainment management program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, and her bandmates launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

“We did a lot of research and looked at all the options and it came down to how do we reach the most people with one source … so we looked at Indiegogo,” Sweeney said.

Lovecoast was able to raise $5,000 towards the project and received funding from donors as far away as Ontario, New York and India.

“It was just really eye opening for us to see the mountain of support that we had behind us,” Sweeney said. “So it just makes this whole EP that much more special.”

Lovecoast performs at the Queen’s on Friday (Nov. 14) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information please visit - Nanaimo News Bulletin

Chasing Tides is everything an R&B inspired EP should be - catchy, soulful, and focused on quality musicianship. With a collective group background in post-secondary music education, it’s no surprise that Lovecoast knows how to get the audience’s attention. The quality of their music shows their attention to detail, and the way they manage to have each instrument in the spotlight without any overtaking the others, vocals included, is impressive.

Chasing Tides starts off with Letters, an easy favourite off the EP for it’s upbeat rhythm, and angry, passionate lyrics. Danielle’s smokey vocals paired with funky brass, punchy bass and upbeat drums pays a shiny homage to the throws of heartbreak. Letters speaks to finding out that the person you’ve pined after doesn’t appreciate you. Danielle soulfully sings that she’s happy to have never sent her love letters, because she’s realized that she’s “not the kind to be left behind.”

Our Days has a very stress-free vibe to it, with Danielle’s vocals blending into the mix of instruments creating one unifying sound. This track feels like a warm, hazy day, where you just can't help but feel relaxed. Waiting On You starts off with a catchy electric guitar rift. It’s a dichotomy between an empowering, “I don't need you" song, and a love song. With Danielle saying one moment that, “too much of me has been waiting on you to come around,” and the next that despite this she’ll be “waiting on you.”

One Night definitely has one of the catchiest rhythms of the EP. This track has a surf-rock vibe and is very danceable. It tells the story of wanting to just put the pain of relationship trouble aside for a moment, and just have a fun time. This is one you’ll find yourself humming for days.

The album ends on a calm note, with Help You - a modern, soft rock piece. This track really showcases Lovecoast’s ability to give a spotlight to each instrument without having any overtake the others. The guitar is fun, but doesn’t distract from the groovy drums or bass. Overall, this is a fun album from a band that has a great energy. We can’t wait to see what they do next. - Geyser Music

Indie pop band Lovecoast release their debut EP, Chasing Tides.

The moniker of Vancouver-based quartet Lovecoast is more than just a nice word. It’s conceptual. Geographically and stylistically, the outfit is innately coastal. And love? The affectionate emotion weaves itself through the band’s every nook and cranny.

“This EP is always going to mean that much more to us because it’s something that wouldn’t have been done if our fans and our friends and our families hadn’t supported it,” said lead vocalist Danielle Sweeney.

The group has long had a loyal following, particularly in Sweeney and guitarist Scott Verbeek’s hometown of Squamish — so loyal, in fact, that their anticipated debut, Chasing Tides, was funded through an Indiegogo campaign that raised about $6,000 from fan contributions alone. As tokens of gratitude, along with “perks” mailed out to donators that included t-shirts and copies of the album, the band sent a handwritten letter to each person who pledged.

“Jesse [McNeill], our drummer, he made all these hilarious drawings and little pictures thanking people,” Sweeney laughed.

Much of the fluidity of the creative process for Chasing Tides can be attributed to Lovecoast’s close relationships with each other (Sweeney and Verbeek have been friends since childhood, while Sweeney connected with McNeill and bassist Andrew Fraser during their times at Vancouver Island University). Artistically (and perhaps most importantly), they’re all on the same wavelength.

“We had about 10 or 12 songs that we had been working with for a while, and we were trying to narrow those ones down to the top five,” Sweeney explained. “All four of us picked our top five [songs] and picked what we would envision the EP [to be] on our own, separately, and then came together with those. And actually, weirdly enough, all of us had picked the exact same songs except for one.”

Mixed by Juno-nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski, Chasing Tides is an infectious playlist of can’t-sit-still jams that explore nuances of jazz, pop, and rock. “That’s just kind of our style, we don’t tend to slow things down too much,” Sweeney said. “For the majority, it’s all pretty upbeat, all stuff you can dance and sing along to. Perfect car driving music.”

With its feel-good riffs and sunshine-soaked melody, the album’s first single, ”One Night,” would certainly brighten up any long drive. Sweeney’s voice has a luscious, old-soul quality to it that wraps around Verbeek’s dexterous chords, McNeill’s knee-slapper percussion, and Fraser’s hearty lines. Diverse musical influences such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lake Street Dive make appearances on the record, as do earthy hints of Joni Mitchell.

“I couldn’t stop listening to her before we wrote,” Sweeney said. “The second track on the album, “Our Days,” was pretty inspired by her.”

As Lovecoast prepare to embark on their very first tour in support of Chasing Tides, love is, once again, the connecting thread. “We live for the live shows,” Sweeney said. “It’s definitely what we enjoy the most [and] why we do everything else.” And it shows — the band has just been named the Best Performance Group by local newspaper Squamish Chief. Accolades, new album, and impending tour aside, however, at the end of the day, Sweeney insisted, “Those guys are my best buds so it’s just nice to get to play with them. They’re all very, very talented. I’m very fortunate.”

Lovecoast’s album release party is on Friday, November 7 at the Waldorf. Tickets are available online. Chasing Tides is available on bandcamp. - Vancity Buzz

By: Jenna Melanson

EP – Chasing Tides
Release Date – November 4, 2014
Download Link –
Genre – Indie Pop

Vancouver based indie pop band Lovecoast has released their debut EP “Chasing Tides” and will celebrate the release with a string of Western Canadian Tour Dates, starting with a “Chasing Tides” release show in Vancouver on November 7th. See below for a full list of tour dates.

The band is made of Danielle Sweeney (Vocals), Scott Verbeek (Guitar), Andrew Fraser (Bass) and Jesse McNeil (Drums). The band used the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise money for their debut EP, and raised over $5000 to put towards the making. The EP was produced by Juno Nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski of Zolas at Monarch Studios in Vancouver, BC.

The EP features five songs, starting with “Letters”, which is a strong start to the EP and I really enjoyed it. You can tell the band works well together, and have fun doing making music. Danielle’s vocals are extremely appealing and the song immediately drew me in.

The third song, “Waiting On You” is my favorite on the EP, it has a reggae feel at parts, mixed with the pop sound. The two genres blend together perfectly to make a very unique but enticing sound. It didn’t take me long to be singing along with this one.

The final song is “Help You”, this is the slowest on the album, but is far from being a ballad. The band sticks to what they excel at on this EP. I would highly recommend Chasing Tides to anyone out there who enjoys pop music.

Rating: 5/5 - Canadian Beats

It’s exciting times for Squamish band Lovecoast.

The group’s debut EP dropped earlier this month, its first official music video hit the web and the band members are about to hit the road to tour Western Canada starting on Friday (Nov. 7).

And Squamish residents will get a chance to experience the hometown band up close and personal at the Howe Sound Brew Pub on Saturday (Nov. 8).

The EP, titled Chasing Tides, is the next logical step for the group, said lead singer Danielle Sweeney. She added that the album would have never been possible without the support of the group’s friends and family.

Lovecoast launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the album earlier this year and despite falling short of their goal, the band and supporters managed to cover the difference and make Chasing Tides a reality.

“We’re all fortunate to have incredibly supportive parents and amazing people around us,” Sweeney said. “We weren’t aware of all the people that wanted to listen to our album and just how many did. It was awesome to see and we’re really stoked to get it out there in a way we never have before.”

Lovecoast worked with Juno-nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski on the EP and Sweeney said it was a thrill to collaborate with him.

“We were stoked to get to work with him and we took a different step with this album,” she said. “We’re all jazz natured and our older stuff has lots of hints of jazz, but this album is more geared towards the adult alternative scene.”

She said following the addition of bassist Andrew Fraser and drummer Jesse McNeill to the original twosome of herself and guitar player Scott Verbeek, the group’s sound has evolved.

“Now we have four members and there are two more brains collaborating and also our producer Tom, so it was a lot of fun,” she said. “Everyone owns their own instrument and does their own part. We work off each other really well.”

Dobrzanski said he had fun working with the band.

“Working with Lovecoast was one of the smoothest sessions I’ve been a part of,” he said. “Everybody was a total pro on their instrument, and Danielle has a one-of-a-kind voice. I look forward to watching all of their success and can’t wait until we get to work together again.”

Sweeney said she loves all five of the songs on Chasing Tides but one sticks out.

“I really like the second song on the album called ‘Our Days,’” she said. “It’s a bit slower but has a little bit of a Joni Mitchell singer/songwriter vibe to it. I love all the songs and I’m excited for everyone to hear them all.”

Sweeney and the group also enjoyed creating and releasing its first official video for the song “One Night.”

“We went all over Vancouver to film it and we didn’t have much money for it, so instead of making this super-produced video, it just has a lot of personality,” she explained. “We wanted to get across who we are as a band and it was awesome. We hung out and drank beer all day and it was a lot of fun.

“I can imagine most music videos are a little more stressful to make but we chose to be pretty chill about it.”

The upcoming tour this month sees the band perform in nine different cities in BC and Alberta, including several places they’ve never played.

“I’m super-excited for the tour,” Sweeney said. “I personally booked it all so I’m excited just to get on the road so there’s no more planning. It’s our first time in Alberta and Kelowna so we’re looking forward to it.”

But one of the first stops is here in Squamish, a show that Sweeney thinks will be a highlight of the tour.

“It’s one of the nights I’m most excited about because it’s the Brew Pub and they have the best beer,” she said. “We want to encourage anyone who knows Scott or I to come out. It’ll be a fun night and we want to entertain and have people dancing. We don’t even know how to express our appreciation for the support we’ve received from Squamish.”

Lovecoast hits the stage at the Howe Sound Brew Pub starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday. For more details on the group, visit - Squamish Chief

Lovecoast will be releasing their debut EP, Chasing Tides, on November 4th. In support of the release, the indie pop band will be touring Western Canada, which kicks off in Vancouver with an album release show at The Waldorf on November 7th.

November 7th – Vancouver, BC – The Waldorf
November 8th – Squamish, BC – Howe Sound Brewing
November 14th – Nanaimo, BC – The Queen’s
November 15th – Victoria, BC – Felicita’s Campus Pub
November 20th – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s Pub
November 21st – Edmonton, BC – Cha Island Tea Co.
November 23rd – Banff, AB – Elk & Oarsman
November 24th – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill

For more information on Lovecoast and their upcoming tour dates, head over to: - ASAP Music Blog

Lovecoast will be releasing their debut EP, Chasing Tides, on November 5th. The R&B/pop band has also unveiled a music video for the album’s first single, “One Night,” and a string of western Canadian tour dates this November. Take a look below!
Chasing Tides was produced by Juno-nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski (The Zolas, We Are The City, Shad) at Monarch Studios. “One Night” is available for purchase on Bandcamp here.

Lovecoast’s tour kicks off with a hometown show at the Waldorf on November 7th. Chersea and Goodwood Atoms are also on the bill; for more information, visit the Facebook event page here. Check out the rest of the dates below:

Nov. 7th - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf (w/ Chersea and Goodwood Atoms)

Nov. 8th - Squamish, BC - Howe Sound Brew Pub

Nov. 14th - Nanaimo, BC - The Queens (w/ Towers And Trees and The Wild Romantics)

Nov. 15th - Victoria, BC - Felicita’s Pub

Nov. 20th - Kelowna, BC - Fernando’s

Nov. 21st - Calgary, AB - Palomino

Nov. 22nd - Edmonton, AB - Cha Island Tea Co.

Nov. 23rd - Banff, AB - Elk & Oarsman

Nov. 24th - Golden, BC - Rockwater Grill - Permanent Rain Press

The indie pop group Lovecoast are set to drop their debut EP ‘Chasing Tides’. As a sample we have the video to the joyful and bouncy “One Night”, which showcases both urban and natural scenes from in and around Vancouver. - Ride the Tempo

Lovecoast is an indie pop band from Vancouver, BC. Formed in 2013, Lovecoast is composed of Danielle Sweeney, Scott Verbeek, Jesse McNeill and Andrew Fraser. The band will be releasing their debut EP, Chasing Tides, on November 4, 2014.

How did you guys meet?

Scott and I (Danielle) were born and raised in Squamish so we have known each other since elementary school. Jesse and Andrew attended Vancouver Island University’s Jazz program at the same time as me, they were two of my favourite players at school so I couldn’t wait to start up a project with them.

Who are your influences when writing?

We all bring our own influence into the group, which really helps us have diverse ideas when we get to writing. As a band we are influenced by artists like Lake Street Dive, Hey Ocean!, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck.

How was the recording experience for Chasing Tides?

We had an amazing experience recording at Monarch Studios. Our producer/engineer Tom Dobrzasnki brought all the elements we needed to make something we are so proud of. He made the whole experience so effortless, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Are there any particular songs that you are most excited for fans to hear?

We are excited for all of them! This is our Debut EP so we are just stoked to get our music out there. Out of all the songs off the EP “Help You” is the most outside of our box. We brought in cello player Michelle Faehrmann and added lots of synth, keys and harmonies. We are excited to evolve as a band and continue to surprise people with what we are capable of.

How was the experience of crowd-sourcing for the EP?

Crowd funding can be tough, but we are so lucky to have such supportive people surrounding us that it worked well. It was awesome to get people stoked on our project before it had even begun. The support we received makes the Chasing Tides EP so special to us because we literally couldn’t have done it without those who helped us out financially; we owe this whole experience to them.

You will be heading out on Western Canadian tour beginning on November 7 in Vancouver. How would you describe your live performances?

It’s a real treat to get to travel for the love of music so we make sure that every time we get on stage no one can sit still. It’s a sweaty dance party!

Are there plans for an Eastern Canadian Tour?

Yes! I can’t say much about when but within the next year we are planning to head out East.

In traditional Canadian Beats fashion, here are some questions to help fans get to know you a bit more:

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson…there’s honestly way too many to count!

What are your guilty pleasures?

The Soft Serve on BC Ferries and Justin Timberlake

What was the last album you purchased?

Danielle: Voyager – Jenny Lewis
Andrew: Bone Machine – Tom Waits
Scott: And The You Shoot Your Cousin – The Roots
Jesse: A Night in Tunisia – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

What is your favourite thing to do in Vancouver on a rainy day?

Play music of course!

Is there anything else you would like to add to your fans?

Just our eternal gratitude for their love and support! Thanks for shaking your booties at our shows and listening to our stuff! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at: @lovecoastmusic to follow our tour of Western Canada. - Canadian Beats

Saturday was a great day to be in Squamish. Although the sky was a bit dodgy weather-wise, the rain held out during the free morning Yoga in the Park session with instructor Christy Defranco. The stretch was the perfect thing to get everyone moving after a morning drive up the Sea to Sky, and the ever epic Cheif in the background could not have made a more grand surrounding. The O’Siyam Pavillion which hosted the events was built for this: breezy, outdoor music with kids running around in the grass, friends sprawled out soaking up the sun (and a few rain drops along the way) and whiffs of fresh food coming in from the neighbouring Squamish Farmers Market.

Alexandria Maillot sort of unofficially kicked things off musically, as she played some soft guitar to accompany the Bodyvine Yoga class. If you’ve never done yoga to live music, let’s just say that it’s a treat! Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.

The music was the draw for the VMR, clearly, but I’m glad that loads of locals did end up coming out after the rain had stopped. Connor Roff and Alexandria Maillot both played solo sets – with the exception of Daniel Baxter of Heard in the Mountains joining Maillot for a few duets at the end of her set. The solo performances were a great way to start up the day in a nice, calm way as everyone was still pretty much waking up. Saturday mornings were meant for singer-songwriters, cooing everyone out of their sleepy eyes.

After noon brought in the full bands, with The Ruffled Feathers taking the stage first. Playing as a 5-piece, these guys are veterans of VMR reviews. They got the crowd moving and drew in a much bigger crowd of families, young adults fresh off of their hikes or bike rides, and of course got the dance moves busting out. They were even joined at the end for a dance-off between two siblings which Andrew Lee provided some shakers for. All of the event planning in the world couldn’t have provided a more entertaining sight than the brilliant, New Orelans-esque jazzy art pop with a 7-year-olds break dancing. If that kind of energy wasn’t the essence of the event, then I don’t know what was.

Last up was the locals, the band of the hour who put together the event and represented Squamish loud and proud: LoveCoast. This band has been around the local music scene for about a year now, and this event was a bit of a hometown show for them. Actually, only frontwoman Danielle Sweeny and guitarist Scott Verbeek are from Squamish, but they brought enough Squamish pride for the entire band. Their funky R&B jazz-pop vibes brought out the sun and had everyone dancing, even the other bands. It was a great way to wrap up a full day of music, food, henna, balloon animals, yoga… all by 3pm! The day just flew by and it was hard to believe it was barely mid afternoon, no wonder this event didn’t have a beer garden. We can’t wait for it to continue to grow in future years, and thanks so much to everyone who put it on. It really felt like the perfect way to wrap up summer: amazing views, musically talented friends and family, and all the perks of a great music festival without any of the downsides or cost — did we metion it was completely free? - Vancouver Music Review

On a lovely patch of grass in… well, likely someone’s front yard, VMR sat down with LOVECoast to chat about the band. If you’re thinking to yourself “I’ve heard of that band before, I think!” you may or may not be right. They are not to be mixed up with their local peers Left Coast, Wintercoast, Best Coast or Jay Malinowski & the Dead Coast. You can tell us Cascadians are proud of our coast. In any case, this band is just about 1 year old, founded by front woman Danielle Sweeny and guitar player Scott Verbeek. To find out more about the rest of their story, read on!


VMR: Tell me about this EP you are working on, is it your first EP?

DS: Yes, it’s our first EP, 5-songs that we are doing at Monarch with Tom [Dobrzanski]. Basically we’re going in with the idea that we’ll record 15 and come out with the 5 best. Right now we’re working on getting just a single out since we don’t have any new music, then the EP will come out. We put a demo out last year, Scott wasn’t even here he lived in Montreal! So I recorded it with these guys [Jesse & Andrew] on the island.

VMR: How do you guys all know each other?

DS: Me and Andrew and Jesse all went to music school together in Nanaimo at VIU, Andrew has his degree in bass and Jesse is going into his last year at drums, and I have a vocal diploma. Scott and I have known each other since we were kids, we went to elementary school together and then we both moved home at the same time after we graduated and were just like ‘there’s no one else in Squamish to jam with, let’s play music together!’ That was about a year ago right now. Our first show was the first weekend of June last year, our first song that we wrote was My Ghost for the Squamish Valley “win the stage” contest. We wrote the song the day before, recorded it the day that submissions were due, recorded it in his basement, submitted it, and we came in second or third! Something ridiculously. Derrival ended up winning, that’s how we know those guys. We were pretty shocked since it was our first time doing anything and our only song.

VMR: What would you have done if you won? Gone and played a set of covers?

DS: We would have worked our asses off! Write some songs, put together a band, all that… we were only a duo at the time.

VMR: Did you always want to be a duo or always want to be a band?

DS: Be a band, well at first the duo thing was cool but we started writing music that required a band, very quickly we realized we needed to find people, and it took us almost 6 months to find people who wanted to play the same music as us. Even our first go at it wasn’t quite what we wanted, but we switched to these guys who were more jazz really. That’s the way that we communicate with each other, we’re all on the same wavelength. Fast, easy, these guys are all so talented.

AF: That’s the thing about jazz too, it’s all about improvising and it really helps in a band situation, it is how we communicate.

DS: It’s like a language basically.

AF: Yeah, learning jazz is one of the best ways to learn communicating musically.

VMR: So were your first gigs at jazzy bars?

SV: Our first gigs, we played a lot of restaurants… we’d play for 3 hours. A lot of stuff from the old American songbook, old standards. We started mixing in originals a little more and liking playing the originals more than the standards. That’s when we decided to not really play jazz anymore and play original, modern tunes.

DS: And then we had our first gig in Vancouver at the Portside in the summer. It was our very first gig and Scott had gotten a hold of the manager and hooked it up, we were still a duo. Our first few gigs in the city were all at the Portside. Then we hooked up with Connor Roff, we played his EP release and then we got the ball rolling…


VMR: Are you guys at a point where you want to be with the band, or do you still have a long ways to go?

DS: I think we are beyond where I thought we would be in a year.

AF: I disagree, I look at it a little more critical of myself and I think there’s always room to improve and when you get somewhere you’re like ‘sweet, we got to where we originally wanted to,’ but I keep thinking of how we can keep getting better. How can we improve our audience, our music, how can we continue to progress? I don’t like the idea of plateauing, getting where you want to go and then that’s it.

VMR: Well are you always planning then? After the EP, what’s next?

AF: That’s exactly it!

DS: After this EP we want to make a full length, but what it all comes down to sadly is money. Right now we’ve got to really focus on the EP and getting that all together, and The Big Bang [contest] is what we’re doing right now.

VMR: If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be the rest of your year look like?

DS & AF: Full album and tons of touring.

VMR: Where would you tour?

DS: We need to get a west coast tour done first. As soon as we release our EP that’s our first step, out to the interior, the island, maybe hit Calgary and Edmonton. Ideally though I’d love to do a cross-country tour. Get out to Ontario, Montreal, east coast… we’re pretty pumped on that. We want to make sure with this EP we are being strategic and making all the right steps and making it our best first step. This is our first showcase of what we have outside of live performance.

VMR: What are the main themes on the EP?

DS: I write all the words, I love coast. We’re very coastal… the island, Squamish, Vancouver, we are all coast babies. Obviously there’s songs about boys, love songs, songs about good boys, shitty boys… but “Follow Me” which will probably be on there was one of the first ones we wrote and it’s about the ocean, being a west coast kid, the environment, and soaking all that in. I was laughing this morning when I read the picture on Instagram and you described us as “rock, surf, soul, blues…” that’s something that we struggle with is when people ask us what kind of music we play. We’re like “pop, r&b, soul, rock, jazz…” We were saying in the indie-pop scene.

VMR: This summer are you guys playing any festivals?

DS: Tall tree! We played Whistler Fest, we opened for Five Alarm Funk, that was one of our first shows together. So far just Tall Tree though.

AF: A lot of us have played in a lot of other bands too, so we’ve played a few others. Summer time, I just think of it as festival season.

VMR: What is your band’s festival advice?

AF: I would say if you’re going to a festival, go for music. You’ll end up partying no matter what, partying and festivals go together and you’ll have a great time. But if you go just for the party you won’t even remember some of the coolest moments of the festival. Take in all you can take in musically.

DS: Always bring a sweater! When it gets cold it freaking gets cold. Sasquatch almost killed me.

VMR: If you guys could play a dream lineup, where would it be and with who?

SV: Alive or dead?

VMR: Alive, something plausible.

SV: The Roots. Hands down.

AF: Lettuce would be killer. Allen Stone would be sweet. The Cat Empire, they’d kill it.

VMR: Where?

AF: You know I played this festival in Kaslo once, the Kaslo Jazz Fest, and the stage was floating on a lake and the dance floor was knee-deep in water. Behind the stage were people on floaties and kayaks and stuff. It wasn’t the biggest festival but it was just such a cool environment.

DS: I don’t know, I’m only really familiar with Vancouver and the island. Obviously I just want to play in front of a ton of people. Wherever we can get the most amount of people in one space, somewhere like Rogers Arena would be huge!

I should probably also mention that we won our spot at Tall Tree. It was a contest put on by The Scene, it’s like Shaw TV out of Victoria, they have a lot of bands that play on the show all the time. They asked bands to post a live video of them playing on their Facebook page, so we posted a video of us playing at The Juniper Room, a song called Letters, we put that in and a few weeks later got an email saying to call a guy and he said we won! We’re playing the Friday at 3:30.

For now we’re just open to playing as much as possible, taking all of the opportunities. One of the biggest challenges is that these guys live on the island though.


VMR: How many ferries a month do you take as a band?

SV: Ferries a weeks is more like it!

DS: Oh yeah, every week.

AF: We’re starting to get a bit of a following in Vancouver, so we like to time our shows in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Squamish, and use that to our advantage so we don’t play the same place all the time and to expand our audience.

VMR: What do you do to pass time on the ferry?

AF: I recently got into this old hobby called reading. I got a book. It’s a good book.

VMR: Did you buy it or library borrow it?

AF: Actually, my grandfather gave it to me. He recommended I read it.

SV: I eat soft serve.

DS: He sleeps! He snores!

VMR: Do you do that trick where you build a teepee with spoons in the cup and surround it with soft serve to get more in the cup? It only works if they don’t catch you and you don’t get in trouble…

DS: I used to work on BC ferries! I would be the one to get you in trouble. As for Jesse, he just snapchats me the whole time. Literally the whole ferry ride, ever 5 minutes. - Vancouver Music Review


May 10, 2014

Vancouver, BC




Before their show at the Biltmore Cabaret last week we sat down and talked to LOVECoast about music school, plans for an upcoming EP, their placement in the top 10 for the CBC Searchlight competition, and more! If you're looking for a band to listen to that has soul and a whole lot of talent, this is the group for you.
G: How did you all get started musically?

Danielle: We all went to music school. Andrew, Jesse and I all went to Vancouver Island University and that’s where we met. Scott went to Berkley for his degree. Scott and I grew up together in Squamish, though, and have known each other since elementary school. He and I started playing as a duo, and then we brought Jesse and Andrew in because they’re amazing players.

G: Tell us a bit about your creative process.

Andrew: We all come up with stuff randomly, during whatever we are doing. Personally, anything can inspire me to write music. I'll just randomly hear a melody in my head and go with it. Then we bring our ideas to the group and collaborate as artists, working together to write the tunes.

G: Who writes the lyrics?

Danielle: I write the lyrics with their help, and jokes, along the way. There is a lock of mockery while I am writing (laughs). But, we do blend ideas together.

Scott: Something I like about our creative process is that if I bring a tune and I think it’s done it will never be the same once these guys come up with their own additions. We all trust each other when we bring in an idea and let the others change it.

G: LOVECoast has a short EP out, are there plans for an album in the works?

Danielle: We actually just confirmed a producer, so in the fall, probably October, we will have an EP out. We’ll be making it at Monarch Studios with Tom from The Zolas. To raise funds we are going to start an Indiegogo campaign and try to get some support that way.

G: What is your promotions process?

Danielle: I did the Arts and Entertainment program at Capilano University and I actually work with Nettwerk Music Group now, so I work in the industry now which helps a lot because I have connections and can go to coworkers to network and ask how they would promote things as well. Essentially though, everything I learned through the program I am taking and applying to the band.

G: You were in the CBC Searchlight and placed in the top 10 for Vancouver, what was that process like?

Jesse: We basically just promoted the crap out of it, through friends and family and stuff like that. Andrew got his mom’s school voting for us. We got pretty far along, to the top 10 in Vancouver.

Danielle: It gave us an insane amount of exposure and connections. It was a cool contest.

G: For performing, do you prefer large or small venues? And what makes a good audience for you?

Andrew: It’s really tough to gauge because time of day makes a difference, and how the crowd is feeling. You can either have a really excited drunk crowd, or a bunch of people outside in the cold who aren’t in the best mood and you’ll have to really bring your A game to impress them. So it’s all really circumstantial. It varies venue to venue, town to town. As a band, and an individual musician, you need to then learn how to cater to individual crowds.

G: What was your very first performance like?

Danielle: Our first real gig was the Portside Pub in Vancouver, but it really wasn’t the same until we had the full band. It was fun, we are really lucky to be from a small community where our friends and family support us through anything and will take the long drive to Vancouver to come to our shows. At our first show in Vancouver we opened for a band called Left Coast, it was really ridiculous.

G: What was your first show once the four of you got together?

Jesse: Copper Owl was our first gig together. We all brought our games together individually instead of as a group so it was a bit messy. We all had these ideas of how deadly the group should be, and how it should sound, and it didn’t really sit the way it should have. We had to have a bit of a pow-wow after and talk it out. Then the next night we just murdered it, it smelt bad in there.

Danielle: That’s a good thing! (laughs)

G: Is there anything an audience can do that’s distracting?

Danielle: Talk through the entire thing! It’s okay for us because we are really loud, but for quieter bands it can be hard to focus on the music.

Andrew: Or when people stand right in the front row and don’t dance, they just stare at you. It can be intimidating, but nothing really throws us off too much.

Scott: Something that really stresses me out is when people put their beer next to my gear, on the stage, it distracts me a lot.

G: What are your goals for the next year?

Danielle: EP, play a lot. Get some more contacts to play with. We are really big on collaboration and comradery between bands, not necessarily playing songs with them, but playing shows together. Making friends, and bringing good energy and attitude to the shows.

G: How do you find the Vancouver, or more broadly the Canadian, music scene is to break into?

Andrew: I really like where the scene is going right now. I remember being in high-school and being a musician, but not fully understanding the music scene, and really not being into the pop music that was being put out. But, I think it is slowly changing, and slowly moving back to being the more organic side of music where people are playing real instruments and people are actually working hard to master their craft being that you may be a guitar played or drummer. I love that it is going back to that style. It’s slowly, becoming more about bands again, and less about product.

Danielle: The Vancouver scene specifically is crazy because there are just so many bands. So it’s difficult, but such a great city because there is so much music and so many venues. As far a breaking into the scene, just play a lot and have a killer show and just be really good. Practice!

G: Who would be your dream artist to tour with?

Danielle: Snarky Puppy!

Andrew: The Roots!

G: Last question, do you have any advice for new bands, or current music students?

Andrew: Gig as much as you can, just play as much as you can. Don’t have an ego, and just work on it and kill it. - Geyser Media

Guest Writer Michelle Henry – LOVECoast is a band that is making its name well known in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. With their soulful sounds combined with the classics, such as Otis Redding and Ella Fitzgerald to more alternative, soul, R&B and pop, this band has something for any music lover. Blending old with new to create something surprisingly unique. With their recent show at Joe’s Apartment it was clear to see that Danielle Sweeney, vocalist of LOVECoast and her talented band wowed the crowd and brought the energy to get the everyone on their feet dancing and singing along. This is a band to keep an eye on and I would definitely attend their show again.

Kyra – No place I’d rather spend a Friday night then surrounded by good friends and good music. LOVEcoast delivered. As a band they have an infectious, almost retro vibe and a way with a crowd. They tailored their set beautifully, hooking the audience with feel good tunes, showcasing lead singer Danielle’s soulful and beautiful vocals with a few lower key tracks and then picking it back up with some crowd pleasers and sheer fun to keep the party going. Their cover choices, which included Say My Name and This is a Man’s World, were incredibly ambitious but delivered flawlessly and effortlessly. They’re originals were intriguing; a varied mix that continued to surprise me throughout the set. One I recall was a bit reminiscent of Earth, Wind & Fire – made me want to dance! I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band. - Stage Left Media


The Trip LP - Set for release early 2018

The Floor (SINGLE) - April 16th 2016

Chasing Tides EP - November 4th 2014

1. Letters 
2. Our Days 
3. Waiting on You
4. One Night 
5. Help You

Engineer/Producer: Tom Dobrzanksi 
Mastering: Brock McFarlane - CPS Mastering 
Assistant Engineer: Adam Johnson & Scot Wallace 
Recorded at Monarch Studios, Vancouver BC 



Since their inception in 2013 Lovecoast has been delivering a new sound that won’t go unnoticed. By bringing "together modern day indie pop and blue-eyed ’70s R&B” (Ride the Tempo), the band has created something bouncy and infectious. Lovecoast finds inspiration in modern acts like the Cat Empire and Lake Street Dive, and classic legends such as Billie Holiday and Bruce Springsteen. Uniquely fresh and nostalgic all at once, Lovecoast is an up-and-coming act from the West Coast of Canada to watch. 

"Danielle Sweeney's sweet but slightly gritty vocals accompanied by some '80s-influenced pop makes for a super catchy song that should be playing in the background of a makeover montage. Put Vancouver Island's Lovecoast on and do a twirl."


“Vancouver’s Lovecoast brings together modern day indie pop and blue-eyed ’70s R&B. It’s bouncy and infectious.”


Band Members