Once-promising Bristol rock band Coasts have had a whirlwind of a year. They’ve sold out venues in both the UK and the US, toured alongside English rockers the Hunna and courtship., and were even slated to headline their own tour starting this October. But despite the bedlam of it all, Coasts has decided to call it quits. Their upcoming tour has now been rebranded as their farewell run, ending in a big show at London’s O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to end Coasts”, the band wrote via Facebook post, citing it as “one of the hardest decisions [they] have ever had to make”. Fans were left devastated and wondering what had caused the split, with some on Twitter speculating whether something had suddenly caused a rift or if a band member had suddenly decided to go solo. Ultimately, however, the band believes this to be a “positive decision” that will give them the room to “explore different avenues” in their lives and musical careers. Whatever the reason, though, we’re sad to see them go.
Coasts’ debut EP, Paradise, released rather quietly back in 2013, was a riveting release of just four songs that found their strength in their melodies rather than their lyrics, but were memorable nonetheless. While it did seem to gain them a little bit of exposure— as by the time they had come out with their second EP they had already been signed to Capitol Records— Paradise definitely should’ve reached much farther than it did. Over the years Coasts has quietly continued to put out catchy tune after catchy tune, but with the music industry already oversaturated as it is, due to its near autonomy online, they were never able to reach consistent heights of success. The indie genre is packed enough as it is, with new bands forming (and disbanding) it seems every day, and exposure ironically seems a premium harder and harder to afford. Their latest (and last) album, This Life, Vol. 1, was released earlier this year, sadly as quietly as the first.
“Coasts has been our lives for the past 10 years and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We’ve had the most amazing time and we’ve achieved more than we could ever have dreamed of. We’ve released two albums that we love very much, we’ve played shows all over the world, met some truly amazing people and made memories for life. We want to thank each and every one of you who has supported us along the way, we wouldn’t have made it this far without you and we want to celebrate with you one last time.”
“We started this band as five best friends and we’ll finish it as five best friends.” At least there’s no bad blood between them, so the dreamers in us can freely hope that they’ll come together again in the future, even if just for a night, to take us back to an era that finished far too soon.
Check out their farewell dates below.