Whenever a great new band comes onto the scene there is usually someone with great taste in music has helped them get there. Mikee Tucker has had his hand in some of New Zealand’s best Reggae/Roots bands for example Fly My Pretties, The Black Seeds and TrinityRoots, so it comes as no surprise that New Zealand’s newest roots/reggae band Coast are signed with Loop.
The first single woman transport you to an environment of emotions like a ‘tsunami’ of sweet power that you would find attached to any great song about a woman. The bands front man Jade Pritchard conveys deep emotions through lyrics rooted in love and friendship, he says his writing revolves around his connects with ‘people and relationships.’
The second Track 'Running out of Time' is a backing track that reminds me of summer road trips. It has an unmistakable ‘Kiwi’ vibe that we wear on our sleeves with pride and Mana.
The guitar and bass in 'Coast' the third track really extend the band musically and out of the roots and reggae only genre. The long intro and minimal lyrics make for a great lounge vibe and give a unique diversity to the music that is literally mesmerizing. The last song on the EP reflections instrumental of flowing guitar and bass is equally able to capture attention without lyrics.
'Leaving' and 'Think About You', have an organic rhythm that leave you feeling hopeful again pulling you back to the emotive symbolism that undeniably is mastered by Coast in their music. Jade's vocals initially sound rough but melt away into a smooth and powerful arrangement.
Make sure you catch them live at their Album release party May 21st at Juice Bar in Auckland. By the sound of this CD is a show you don’t want to miss.
One usually wouldn't expect to meet their band members through the act of grooming. But for Coast frontman, Jade Pritchard, it was his wizened facial hair expertise that first led him to his wife's cousin, and now Coast drummer, Ben Trinick.
"Our first meeting was at Te Kaha at their family's holiday home, which is right on the beach. It was Ben's 16th birthday and he was having his first shave so I went into the bathroom to kick it with him and make sure he was sweet. We talked some rubbish, had a laugh and I told him he looked cool (which he did by the way)." Jade Pritchard, Coast.
An uncommon and peculiar first meeting for band mates, but it made lasting impressions on them both. So much so, that a few years later when Jade needed a band behind him, it was Ben's drumming talents that he called upon first. From there, the final addition to complete the band was a natural and quite frankly damn logical choice. Abe Pai, a good mate of Ben's who seemed to be born with unwavering bass rhythms coursing through his veins.