Coasts// Fibbers, York // 1.11.17
Coasts rounded off their extensive UK tour, which boasted 38 nights and 12 sold out venues, at York’s very own Fibbers; a high-energy night of electro-indie rock. The tour came after the release of their second full length album This Life, Vol 1, which charted at number 17 in the UK, meaning that both long standing and newly established fans flocked to catch the five-piece.
he gig started promptly, with M I S F I R E S gracing the stage for a 6 track support set, containing strong guitar riffs reminiscent of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s sound. They certainly fulfilled their role of support band, getting the crowd engaged and bringing a great energy which got the night off to a good start. With only two tracks currently released, I’m really looking forward to hearing more of what’s to come, and will pursue catching them at their own headline show one day.
To my surprise, most of the crowd was populated by under 16’s, giving it an atmosphere somewhat reflective of a school disco – which made my standing there with a cider in hand a bit of an anomaly. Despite this, I wouldn’t take the young crowd as a reflection on the bands usual demographic, but rather a feature of the venue, as I experienced something similar a few months before with a different band. Aside from the youthful crowd, there was a high amount of energy from both the crowd and Coasts throughout their set. The Bristol five-piece dominated Fibbers’ modestly sized stage, employing all the theatrics expected from a satisfying indie rock show, with frontman Chris Caines’ live vocals impressively indistinguishable from their recorded tracks.
Their fifteen song set was evenly composed of both tracks from their newly released album and their self-titled album, the two seamlessly merging for a slick performance. ‘Your Soul’ and ‘Tonight’ stood out as favourites in an already animated crowd, spurring on the whole band to get involved by encouraged fans to jump around and dance.
The gig ended with their breakout hit ‘Oceans’, which has reached over eleven million Spotify streams. The memorable opening line and repetitive hook “We fell in love, right by the ocean” rippled through the venue – much to the delight of the attendees. The crowd singing in unison to their final song was the perfect way to round off a distinctively lively show. The finale was further improved by the support band storming to the stage, armed with just a keg and a deer’s head mask. Sheer happiness was the closing snapshot from the evening; a nice way to draw a close to a momentous tour.