Not often to I check out a band I never heard of before and get blown away like this. Troubled Coast is one of those bands. These guys bring me back to when I was first getting into alternative and hardcore punk music. But the difference with this band is how huge-sounding they are. Every song is so dense and full of layers, which I guess is to be expected from a band that has seven members. The guitar work and drumming are so incredibly tight and I absolutely dig the heck out of the vocals, usually always gritty, hoarse yells with some great clean vocals thrown in.
This 4 track EP opens with “Patient Hands” — it starts things off with a riff that’s reminiscent of something you’d hear on an older Thrice record (think ‘The Illusion of Safety’). This song gives us the catchiest chorus on the release.
“I’m Still A Loner, Dottie” is a track that sounds heavily influenced by Touche Amore and Dangers regarding the vocals in the verses. It features an absolutely THUNDEROUS breakdown (is that word still cool?) that’s sure to have circle pits going crazy.
“La Jetee” is the most generic track on the record while probably being the most accessible at the same time. It actually reminds me a lot of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (a band who I had a short obsession with back in 2006) and is their most radio potential song in my opinion.
The EP ends with a monster of a track, the 6+ minute “The First Night of the New World”. A song that never really lets up and has the heaviest chorus of the EP. I’d compare it to a Thursday song — very experimental and atmospheric.
Obviously as you can tell, I thought this was fantastic. If you’re a fan of any of the bands I mentioned above, or other acts such as La Dispute or Pianos Become The Teeth, I highly, HIGHLY recommend checking this out.
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