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Coast Arcade - Single Review: Highest Heights

05 Feb 2023 // A review by Hannah Jane

Just a couple of years after forming in high school, Coast Arcade are killing it! The indie pop-rock band is made up of brothers Chris and Nate Tims, Thom Boynton, and Bella Bavin who have found themselves performing at popular festivals and supporting Kiwi icons The Beths and Princess Chelsea.

Highest Heights is the follow up single from their successful debut Tattoo, and is a similarly infectious tune - guitars riffs and drums creating a bed of surf pop for the tortured young love lyrics to cry into.

Beth's vocals are strong and remind me of Gwen Stefani in her early No Doubt days. The song is catchy and upbeat despite its moody matter, and overall there's a confident tone to it which in my mind bodes well for these fresh faces and their future.

Recorded at Joel Little's Big Fan studio with engineer Noema Te Hau and mixed by Jono Pearce (The Beths), Highest Heights is a banger of a song made with the support of NZ On Air and is accompanied by a great music video the band created with Dave Thompson and Imaginary Friends.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Coast Arcade

Known for their high-energy performances, Coast Arcade injects a contagious energy into every show they play. Their music is equally as captivating as their live performances, with addictive melodies, driving rhythms, and catchy lyrics, Coast Arcade create an irresistible sound that resonates with audiences long after the show ends. With a growing fanbase and a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances, Coast Arcade is undoubtedly a band on the rise.

Since their formation in 2021, Coast Arcade have been steadily making waves in the Aotearoa scene. They’ve played with Aussie legends Bootleg Rascal, Teenage Dads, The Grogans and completed a New Zealand tour with The Terry’s and they’ve played with Kiwi icons The Beths and Princess Chelsea. They’ve also hit the festival scene hard, playing at Spring City Festival (alongside Groove Armada, Zane Lowe and Ladyhawke), White Out Festival (alongside Homebrew, Shapeshifter and Odd Mob) and New Zealand biggest festival, Rhythm and Vines. Their debut EP, Next To Me, was released in May, drawing attention from both local and international audiences. The EP showcases their versatile songwriting abilities with singles: fast-paced Highest Heights (#2 Hot NZ 20 Singles Chart), Surf Club (#20 Hot NZ 20 Singles Chart), and infectious debut Tattoo (#11 Hot 20 NZ Singles Chart).

Coast Arcade remains dedicated to pushing boundaries and embracing authenticity. With their infectious energy, powerful melodies, and insightful lyricism, this captivating band is poised to leave a mark on the music scene both in New Zealand and beyond.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Coast Arcade

Releases

Next To Me
Year: 2023
Type: EP

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