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Album Review

This is a great debut LP from a Toronto foursome (no relation to the U.K. band a decade ago, Coast) following up a 2006 teaser EP. Before you start whispering big names of the Canadian Explosion, such as Arcade Fire or Broken Social Scene, the only thing these boys have in common is the likelihood of early Echo & the Bunnymen, Cure, Teardrop Explodes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, or U2 records somewhere in their collections, as the guitar effects and influences are there. But the Coast also work in bits of wonderfully warming dream pop (somewhere between Strangelove and For Against), closer to the Stars or Dears end of modern Canuck things. They also boast first-rate songwriting, slow-developing passages that really reel you in, budding star Ian Fosbery's fantastic guitars (which come from everywhere), and singing from Ben Spurr that matches every ear-catching thing Fosbery and the punchy bass and drums brothers Luke and Jordan Melchiorre do. If that isn't all, there are gentle winds blowing, too, adding different spice on the likes of "Song for Gypsy Rose Lee" and "Play Me the Apostle," showing they understand pacing (another lost art these days). Frankly, the Coast sound exciting on Expatriate, a band that could fill big halls in breathtaking sonic vistas on this holy headphones LP. Turn it up and revel in alpine heights. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The Album Of The Year So Far...

Amazing music that should be heard by more. So many great songs from another Canadian band that are destined to be really big and if they are not then it will only be because they have not had the power of marketing behind them. If you like indie music at its best check out The Coast. Jangling guitars, sweet harmonies and great lyrics...

West-Coast pop with shoegazing tendencies

Widely tagged as “Canada’s best kept secret”, its a title couldn’t be more apt for The Coast, their reverb-drenched indie-pop deserving to reach all ears. Grand without ever sounding bloated, here is a band that performs passionately on all fronts, often yielding to their own impulsive energy with multi-layered extravaganzas of divine noise like the trebled guitar explosion halfway through “Ceremony Guns”, a particular high note. Even the more delicate and confidant songs such as “Song For Gypsy Rose Lee” glisten with an unfettered exquisiteness, recalling visions of the sun setting over sandy white beaches. True to name then.


Formed: 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Brothers Jordan Melchiorre (drums) and Luke Melchiorre (bass), along with Ian Fosbery (guitar/keyboards) and Benjamin Spurr (vocals/guitar), create the hypnotic melodies of the Coast. For a brief time, the band was known as the July 26th Movement and issued the Take a Walk Outside EP in 2004; however, the Toronto-based indie rock outfit opted to change some things around to form the Coast in 2005, borrowing the name from a song on Paul Simon's The Rhythm of the Saints album. They went on to wow club...
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