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Thursday, March 13 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm
The Coast

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THE COAST – Biography (Expatriate– April 1, 2008/Aporia Records) They say that friends who play together, stay together. And after many years of honing their sound, writing songs, and playing shows, The Coast release their much-anticipated debut full-length, Expatriate, on Aporia this April. Recorded in winter 2007 in Toronto with producer Chris Stringer (We’re Marching On, Ohbijou), the album is a departure from the layered epics of their first EP, harnessing the off-the-floor energy of their live show and letting their signature hooky guitar melodies stand on their own. Since first starting to play together eight years ago in high school when two sets of friends (including a set of brothers) came together out of their shared love of music, The Coast (singer/guitarist Ben Spurr, guitarist Ian Fosbery, bassist Luke Melchoirre, and drummer Jordan Melchiorre) have been steadily rising on the red-hot Toronto indie scene, signing to Aporia Records in 2006 on the strength of their self-titled EP and word-of-mouth about their dynamic live show. The band was touted as one of the acts to watch in 2008 by Canada’s national music monthly Exclaim and Toronto’s Eye Weekly, thanks to the buzz that continued to grow as the band toured extensively across North America last year, playing alongside such acts as Tokyo Police Club, The Dears, Sam Roberts, The French Kicks, and a coveted CMJ showcase with Foals, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Le Loup. While their EP was a showcase for their impressive songwriting abilities, their upcoming album seems much less concerned with proving the band’s musical chops. For the most part simple and direct, the songs run the gamut from high energy sing-a-longs to sparse melodic compisitions. “To me, this record is a bit more honest – it’s a bit less ‘done up,’” bassist Melchoirre points out. “There was far more integration between writing and arranging this time around,” Spurr adds. “We stopped being so precious about the songwriting and let everyone bring their own strengths to each song.” In making the album, the band’s recorded just how far they’ve come together – and how they still have places they want to go. “When you’ve been in a band with friends you’ve been with since you were a kid, it can become a difficult thing, separating your creative relationship from your relationship as friends,” Melchoirre says. “I think that the writing and recording of this record required us all to be far more honest with each other about what we expected from one another musically and how we wanted to sound. Ultimately, to me, if there is a central theme of the record, it has to be one of feeling disappointed with yourself and others and dealing with the ramifications of that.” “There are some idiosyncrasies about this record, and that goes with what the songs are speaking to, which is addressing some of our flaws – instead of trying to gloss over them or attempting to edit them out completely,” explains Spurr, the band’s primary lyricist. “It’s a really satisfying thing sometimes to make a song that’s not necessarily positive, but that really captures what’s going on.” Where the songs on the EP were full of resolutions, Expatriate is more about the open-ended questions that tear at friends whose futures are bound together – accusations and confessions on the ways we let ourselves and others down, and what to do next. “We first started thinking about ‘Expatriate’ as a title when we were touring a lot last year,” Spurr explains. “It begins to feels like you're living outside of your own life. Even when you’re not traveling, you're not home. It feels like you're exiled from your own life. “Expatriates to me are always these figures who acting slightly immorally, in the sense that they're not concerned with the morality of the place they come from anymore; they can't fit in back home,” he continues. “That's the feeling I've had about getting older, that you're not governed by the ideas of the place you've come from. There are consequences to that.” Adding new colours to their musical palette, The Coast remain defiantly unrestricted by genre, from the country-flavoured uptempo rocker “No Secret Why” to the atmospheric widescreen pop of “Ceremony Guns.” “I hope it’s the kind of record you could listen to a number of times and still have it be rewarding,” Melchoirre says. “I think it’s a record that, for me, evokes a feeling of being our age in Toronto. It’s a like a snapshot of a specific time and place, but I think it speaks to things that a lot of other people around our age will be able to relate to it as well.” Having developed a devoted fanbase through dedicated touring and charting on campus radio, The Coast are ready to bring their sound to new ears. The band kicks off a packed 2008 with U.S. touring in March, including a key spot at the South by Southwest festival in Austin and dates with New York-based Takka Takka. A full Canadian tour begins March 31 in Vancouver, with UK/European dates in the spring. In stand out track “No Secret Why” Spurr sings: “Am I getting closer, or moving away?” It’s rare to come across music that leaves as many questions as answers, but with Expatriate, The Coast have made an album that’s as urgently thoughtful as it is tuneful.

Thursday March 13, 2008 9:00pm - 9:30pm
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