July 5, 2015
It’s almost unheard of for a British band to fill a venue 3000 miles from home before they’d released their debut album, but that’s exactly what Coasts experienced when they headlined New York’s Bowery Ballroom earlier this year. Their progress is a blend of the old with the new: their devoted and ever-growing fan-base has emerged from simple word-of-mouth instigated by their phenomenal popularity across social media.“We were really surprised to sell that show out,” says vocalist Chris Caines. “To sell 600 tickets in a city that you haven’t really focused on before is testament to the Internet’s ability to allow people to discover music from all over the world.” That gig is just one element of the Bristol-rooted quartet’s already enviable list of accomplishments which include a rapturous reception at a packed tent in Coachella; a series of London shows which expand in size every time that they return, including Heaven and KOKO; Radio 1 and XFM support; a social media following of over 120,000; a #1 HypeM with Oceans which reached over 4 million plays on Soundcloud and Spotify without any airplay; an invite to perform on Made in Chelsea; and even a famous fan in the shape of Jake Gyllenhaal.