Words by Emma Howe
I'm not sure if it has always been this way or if the release of 2007 black-and-white biographical film, Control sparked the revival, but it seems to have become the thing for a whole generation of bands to become the plaster of paris mouldings of a 80's new wave collective. Buckinghamshire's latest crop of indie tweens Coastal Cities are a perfect example of an overload of the 80's revival infecting the youth of today's mosh pit.
Fresh from their GCSE's and rehearsals in a family garden shed this five piece are another promising act to join the UK's current crop of fresh faced danceable indie prospects alongside the likes of Vinyl Jacket and Athletes In Paris. Savvy and utterly likeable this band have already made their mark with influential on-air admirers Huw Stephens, Jen Long and Rob Da Bank at Radio 1, and Steve Lamacq at 6Music.
A unique brand of spikey guitar pop and joy ridden melodies, 'Relief' is the band's second single following on from début EP 'Think Tank' back in December. Due for release on July 30th on Once Upon A Time Records, this is one for followers of Foals, Everything Everything and Little Comets. Second track 'The Voyage' will follow with both tracks recorded earlier this year in London with producer Hugh Worskett. In a deep pool of indie pop wealth, Coastal Cities manage to make you blink twice with their unique brand of hook you in funky punk. A very exciting prospect indeed.
Today's tip comes courtesy of The Blue Walrus