CMW Critical Conclusions for… Coasts (Canadian Music Week 2015 concert review)
Friday night at CMW! Before heading to the Horseshoe, the PHM team rolled into the Osheaga party at the Great Hall to see Coasts.
Venue: The Great Hall, where the door staff were pretty rude. I was told media couldn’t get in – tickets only. I asked to speak to the guest list person, who after some discussion let me go upstairs to the media hang out and not below with the crowd. Better than the first conversation I had. Pity, as the floor was 3/4 empty at the beginning of the night.
First Impression: What kind of ridiculous dress-like coat was the singer wearing? The opening thumping notes had the crowd move up and eliminate the awkward gap in front of the stage.
Stage Presence: 4 guys in the front, 2 in the back. Not high energy, but their music was forceful and loud. The lead singer moved and danced throughout the set.
Crowd Reaction: The crowd was parted by fans at the front, then a gap, and chatterboxes at the back. The fans clapped and danced along.
Random Observation: The singer and bassist sure liked to run their hands through their hair. Proof below!
Last Word: 8/10. Catchy guitar hooks. Fitting vocals. Driving rhythms. I don’t mean this in a derogatory way, but they remind me of those great mid-2000s British guitar bands. Infectious stuff.
To see even more photos of the band, check out our CMW photo album on our Facebook page. All photos by the excellent Martin Bazyl.
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