Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Coastal Cities

Coastal Cities
Coastal Cities create an amazing and extremely electric sound — the band brings beach-pop and indie dance beats to fans which are easy to love. AMBY can’t wait to see what else this fabulous group has to offer. So, we spoke with Coastal Cities about their song The Voyage, dream gigs, and their “looming” sixth band member!

AMBY: Hey Coastal Cities, how are you all? Please introduce yourselves to our readers!

Coastal Cities: Hello, we are fine thanks. Been busy writing songs this week, we could always be busier but we’re feelin’ pretty good with what we’ve been working on.

AMBY: How would you describe Coastal Cities’ sound in three words?

Coastal Cities: Three words? hmm. Okay, i think it could be best described as “Major Key Melancholy”… As in upbeat pop songs with a sad undercurrent. I guess that satisfies our pretensions.

AMBY: Where did the name Coastal Cities come from?

Coastal Cities: The name comes from when we were at school. We’d look through track-listings from various artists on an Ipod and piece words together, one day we just found that the name “Coastal Cities” kinda clicked.. It also makes sense because where we live in England is the furthest point from the Coastline anywhere in the UK, so it’s kind of like a form of escapism within a few words. At first I wasn’t too sure on the name but it really grew on me. It sounded so different to our friends’ bands who all had really heavy names. It was cool.

AMBY: Who influences you as musicians?

Coastal Cities: Sonically, I think we’re mostly inspired by other contemporary indie bands, as well as some other notable artists from the past. I guess It comes across in us sometimes as some sort of weird, dance-like fusion. What we’re mostly interested in is the balance between the vibe of a track and how well it is written, some of the worlds most simple pop songs have the biggest impact and it’s things like that, that inspire us. If we had to name drop, it’d be very varied… we like a lot of bands such as – French Films, DIIV, Egyptian Hip Hop, Spector, Foals, The Drums, Tame Impala, the list could go on. We also like a lot of Minimal Dance music and House.

AMBY: What do you have planned for 2013?

Coastal Cities: In a few weeks we plan to put out our next single with a new video, merchandise – the lot. It’s going to be brilliant. Hopefully it will show a transition from our last single & the Thinktank EP into what we sound like now… We have a worked a LOT on new songs so that’s what we’re really itching to get out there so people can hear it… We also want to do more shows, and visit some more interesting places but we’ll have to see as some of the stuff we have planned, we can’t talk about – yet.

AMBY: The Voyage has the ability of making people want to dance like crazy! What’s your ultimate dance song?

Coastal Cities: Has it?! That’s cool. It was supposed to kind of capture that vibe! Not too sure as there’s so many… but i think we would go with either “Fallout – The Morning After”, “Modeselektor – Evil Twin” or “Aphex Twin – Ptolemy”. I’d like to try and make out that that’s our top three but i don’t think we have one. How’s that? For anything else with dance music just listen to nursery rhymes, you might as well.

AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?

Coastal Cities: Our dream gig would probably be with a band that has since split up, or just someone great, like Jimi Hendrix, The Smiths, The Ramones, or The Clash, New Order etc. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to play a real show with someone newer.. but hey, it’s a dream right?

AMBY: Who is your must follow on Twitter?

Coastal Cities: Tom from Myspace? We believe that Twitter should only be used for comedy purposes as it’s just so fickle and non-chalant… So someone like Josh Weller is funny, or just follow us. That should be a given.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Coastal Cities: I suppose the most exciting thing about 2013 is knowing that people will get to hear your new music you’ve been working on, playing the shows and meeting interesting people. Other than that, you never really know what’s around the corner.. so many things have happened to us at a weeks notice that it’s unreal so maybe THAT’s the most exciting thing about any year…

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Coastal Cities that nobody knows yet?

Coastal Cities: One thing people might know enough about us is our “shed”. It’s like this big log cabin at the back of Lewis’ garden where we used to rehearse in and since we’ve gotten older (and louder) we’ve kind of transformed it into this club house where we hang out and have little parties in. It’s cool. I suppose it’s a way of spending time with each other and cutting loose. It’s sort of like our 6th member, looming over us and watching us develop.


Thanks so much Coastal Cities, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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