Review : Coasting - You're Never Going Back
PitchforkThe charm of Brooklyn duo Coasting's debut, You're Never Going Back, is largely the same as the charm of an early White Stripes record: It's not terribly hard to believe it was made by two people. Make no mistake, that's a compliment: Were indie rock its own island nation, Minutemen's credo of simplicity and Emersonian self-reliance "We Jam Econo" would be stitched proudly on the flag. So, in a moment when every bedroom recording artist can GarageBand her own backing Polyphonic Spree into existence, there's something refreshing about a band like, say, Japandroids, whose music sounds like a sonic tribute to the camaraderie of the flesh-and-blood, guitar-and-drums duo. Coasting's crash-pop-meets-surf-rock works like this too: combining rumbling riffage; hyperactive, cymbal-heavy drumming; and fervent, back-and-forth vocals into a classic D.I.Y. sound. This isn't minimalism, exactly: It's the joyful sound of two people trying to make as much noise as they possibly can.
Those two people are guitarist Madison Farmer and drummer Fiona Campbell, a New Zealand transplant who's also been drumming with Vivian Girls for a little over a year. Over the first few tracks of You're Never Going Back at least, Farmer and Campbell create irresistibly shambolic tunes ("Starts and Stays", "Portland") that escalate in breathless energy as they creep toward the three-minute mark. "Kids" starts unassumingly, in a steady blizzard of cymbals and power chords before it picks up with the intensity of a couple of kids running down a steep hill, hollering double dares all the way down: Pick up the tempo! Play louder! Sing "Ohhhh!" Louder still! As in Campbell's other band, echoes of girl-group melodies poke through the grit, as though plucked from fuzzy memories. The feeling is reminiscent of Kicking Giant's 1990s cult classic Alien ID: Its emotional climax is the sound of imperfect, warbling voices imploring, with more volume and punch each time, "Be my/ Be my baby.”
Up until now, Coasting have lived largely in the world of 7"s. The problem with their debut album is one that's befallen countless perfectly good indie bands before them: They don't have enough ideas to fill a whole LP. You're Never Going Back definitely boasts their best standalone tracks, but after a while, the limitations of their sound become apparent. The energy lags in the record's middle section, over a stretch of samey-sounding, mid-tempo numbers. Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffin's production keeps things simple and thus captures the freewheeling spirit of the band's live performance, but by the fourth mid-tempo, quiet-loud-quiet jam, you get to wishing for an experimental streak-- or at least another pedal....full text
1forthepeopleThis time next week, Coasting's long awaited debut album, You're Never Going Back, will hit stores and a week ahead of schedule, you can listen to it here.
Previously we've brought you their track, "Portland" which saw a much more polished side of the girls' work and upon first listen, it's very apparent that the album is no different.
You can grab a pre-order of the LP or CD by heading over to M'lady's. Listen to the girls' catchy as hell! debut below....full text
ElboThis time next week, Coasting's long awaited debut album, You're Never Going Back , will hit stores and a week ahead of schedule, you can listen to it here....full text
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