Coastlines

FRESH: ‘Terminal’ – Coastlines

Coastlines release “Terminal”.

by Christopher Smith

“Terminal” is the story relationship gone south set on a burning alt-rock track. It’s the moment of self realization that someone has a shot at a better life without you in it. It hurts for them, but it kills you. The question becomes, how much do you love them? Do you love them enough to let go?

Coastlines are a trio of storytellers who blur the line between indie and mainstream pop. In 2017, vocalist Brady Lee and guitarist Elliott Phillips teamed together to capture a collection of dreamy vignettes, inspired by Phillips’ travels abroad and Lee’s first experiences as a father. They were joined late that year by producer Justin Ginn, whose work is inspired largely by his childhood experiences growing up the Eastern European country of Hungary. The band produces remotely as the trio is currently located in Wisconsin, Texas, and Poland.

In July 2018, Coastlines released their debut EP “Hotel Heart” as the first installment of their collective storytelling. “Hotel Heart” focused on the tension between youthful innocence and the realities of growing up. Each song based around a specific memory or life event the band shares with fans in personal posts on social media. In February 2019, the band released “Neon”, the first of an ongoing collection of singles exploring darker moments of disillusionment, misplaced feelings of responsibility, and relationships gone awry.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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