The Coast

The Coast


With their chiming guitars, soaring vocals, and bittersweet lyrics, there’s something incredibly familiar about The Coast’s sound that evokes the expansive, memorable quality of their musical heroes.


They say that friends who play together, stay together. And after many years of honing their sound, writing songs, and playing shows, The Coast release their much-anticipated debut full-length, Expatriate, on Aporia August 19 in the United States. Recorded in winter 2007 in Toronto with producer Chris Stringer (We’re Marching On, Ohbijou), the album is a departure from the layered epics of their first EP, harnessing the off-the-floor energy of their live show and letting their signature hooky guitar melodies stand on their own.

Since first starting to play together eight years ago in high school when two sets of friends (including a set of brothers) came together out of their shared love of music, The Coast (singer/guitarist Ben Spurr, guitarist Ian Fosbery, bassist Luke Melchoirre, and drummer Jordan Melchiorre) have been steadily rising on the red-hot Toronto indie scene, signing to Aporia Records in 2006 on the strength of their self-titled EP and word-of-mouth about their dynamic live show.

The band was touted as one of the acts to watch in 2008 by Canada’s national music monthly Exclaim and Toronto’s Eye Weekly, thanks to the buzz that continued to grow as the band toured extensively across North America last year, playing alongside such acts as Tokyo Police Club, The Dears, Sam Roberts, The French Kicks, and a coveted CMJ showcase with Foals, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Le Loup.

While their EP was a showcase for their impressive songwriting abilities, their upcoming album seems much less concerned with proving the band’s musical chops. For the most part simple and direct, the songs run the gamut from high energy sing-a-longs to sparse melodic compisitions.

Having developed a devoted fanbase through dedicated touring and charting on campus radio, The Coast are ready to bring their sound to new ears. The band kicked off a packed 2008 with U.S. touring in March, including a key spot at the South by Southwest festival in Austin and dates with New York-based Takka Takka.

In stand out track “No Secret Why” Spurr sings: “Am I getting closer, or moving away?” It’s rare to come across music that leaves as many questions as answers, but with Expatriate, The Coast have made an album that’s as urgently thoughtful as it is tuneful.


The Coast - Killing Off Our Friends EP UK
The Coast - Expatriate August 19, 2008 (Aporia) USA
The Coast - Expatriate April 1, 2008 (Aporia) Canada
The Coast EP - 2006 (Aporia) Canada
The Coast EP - 2007 (Aporia) USA

Set List

Sets are anywhere from 40min to 1 1/2 hrs. 8-13 or 14 songs

All Farewells
Take a Walk Outside
The Moon Is Dead
Song for Gypsy Rose Lee
The Lines are Cut
Evening’s Heights
Harbour Lights