The title for the EP was originally something completely different, for a long time we where working under an old name for it and we even had completely different artwork made up; but the more we thought about it we realised that it didn’t suit the EP very well,” declares Kei Hyland, vocalist of Birmingham quartet Coast To Coast. He continues on the subject of the newly release Dwell EP, out today via Fox Records: “I came up with the name Dwell as the songs on this EP are all about change and dwelling on the past”.
Despite it being Coast To Coast’s first strike, Dwell, is well formed collection of dynamic rock nuggets, which sees the band treading a line between pop punk and pop rock, with Kei’s idiosynchratic vocals soaring atop the mix like a Hawk on an updraft. “With this being our first EP we didn’t want to bolt ourselves down to a single genre,” states Kei; “We wanted to just play whatever we liked without worrying too much about it. We’ve ended up with an EP that has a bit of everything. ‘Bloom’ shows off our pop punkside, which is really our bread and butter, but then ‘Cornerstones’ has a more emo overtone. Each song is different, but they all have the same roots.”
Completed by guitarists Alex Edge and Josh Taylor and drummer Darius Walters, Coast To Coast are a distinctly British band, perpetuators of their own self-effacing Twitter hashtag #dadbodsquad, and the nickname “Sad Sods With Dad Bods”. “It started off as just a joke between us and a few friends, and now lots of people associate it with us,” laughs Kei; “It’s a joke about me eating too many cheeseburgers!”
“I’ve never really had much to be proud of,” says Hyland, vocalist of Birmingham quartet, Coast To Coast; “I’m used to being the average, quiet kid. In the past I have tried to please other people, and have been scared of being myself, but the passion and sense of community in the punk scene is what first attracted me to it – without music my life would be so dull! And now I am so proud of the music we have managed to make.”
Coast To Coast ‘Dwell’ Tracklisting: