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Coast Arcade - Single Review: Tattoo

16 Jun 2022 // A review by Kev Rowland

I don’t know how old these guys are, but given they formed in High School towards the beginning of last year I am guessing not that old, especially as they have been playing mostly all-ages gigs, although they did also open for The Beths in Auckland earlier this year and would have also opened for Clap Clap Riot if the tour hadn’t been cancelled due to Covid. Bella Bavin is the lead singer and lead guitarist, and here she sings about wanting to tattoo a girl on her neck. With drummer Thom Boynton, and brothers Chris and Nate Tims on rhythm guitar and bass respectively, Coast Arcade have created a perfect Summer single which is jangly and has one of those hooks which sticks in the head and refuses to go away.

When they repeat the chorus a few times Bella puts just a little growl into her vocals and it totally changes the perspective, and while it starts and ends gently enough with just Bella and her guitar, throughout the rest there is a driving pulse from the drums, apart from when they throw in a neat acapella break. There is a huge amount of confidence here, and one can see why they have been gaining so much attention as while at its heart this is commercial indie alternative rock, it is steeped in Kiwi music from the 90’s and is just so much damn fun. Coast Arcade are a name to keep an eye on, as if the debut single is like this, what is next?

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Coast Arcade

Coast Arcade hail from Auckland NZ. Describing their vibe as indie rock, however, they also draw from alternative-rock, indie-pop, and surf-rock to craft their vibrant summer sound.

Coast Arcade formed in high-school in early 2021 and have already taken good strides towards their goal of becoming regulars in the NZ music scene. Coast Arcade's Lead Singer has managed previous success with a release of her old bands (Ragaire) single Passing Grey which reached 4th in the SRN weekly Top Ten Coast Arcade’s initial goals were achieved when they placed first in the Auckland Regional Final of the prestigious and well recognised Smokefree Rockquest and then were selected for the National Final (top 7 Secondary School bands in NZ).

With many local shows under their belt, they have built up an energetic performance with lots of fun, vibrant melodies, tasty riffs, and so much more.

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