Saturday, April 12th, 2008
CONTEST – The Coast @ The Horseshoe – April 18, 2008
Photo by Jamie Campbell
I’ve been awaiting Expatriate, the debut full-length from The Coast ever since I first saw them live and subsequently heard their self-titled EP, and what’s interesting is that while the full-length doesn’t disappoint, it also doesn’t sound much at all like their old work. It’s not a drastic reinvention – there’s greater variety in tempo and texture but the bedrock of shimmering guitars and plaintive vocals still remains – but it’s enough that your first thought after listening may well be “that was different”, followed shortly by “but still very familiar”. The Coast have done a fine job of expanding their identity both sonically and stylistically without letting go of what got their fans interested in the first place.
Their cross-country tour brings them back into Ontario this week, stopping back home in Toronto for a performance on MTV Canada on the 17th, a show at the Horseshoe on the 18th along with The Wooden Sky, The Ghost Is Dancing and Mixel Pixel and a change of clothes before heading back out to say hello to the eastern part of the country. Courtesy of the band, I’ve got three pairs of passes to give away for the show at the Horseshoe, which you can try to win by sending me an email at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to visit the Coast” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest will close at midnight, April 16.