COASTS at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry – 4/29/2016


While in First Avenue’s Mainroom jam band Umphrey’s McGee held court the second of three nights, the Entry hosted 3 up and coming bands headlined by UK band COASTS.

Los Angeles’ Symmetry started the evening. Composed of Mike Campbell – Vocals, Jared Hara – Guitar, Max D’Anda – Drums, Will Weiner-Bass the band describes themselves as progressive pop/rock. They played a lively set including material from their latest album “Cure”. Singer Mike Campbell must either have relatives in Minnesota or done a really good job (or both) since an older lady handed him a box of homemade cookies at the end of their show. Overall an enjoyable set that got the crowd up and close to the stage.

Hailing from Little Rock, AR and named after a guy in a 70s year book that they describe as ” one of the most rock ‘n’ roll dudes I have ever seen” the band burst on the scene with their hit “Work it out”. Made up of Boots Copeland, Cobo Copeland, Drew Buffington, Taylor Flynn they are working on a new album and played several songs from it. Their new single “Washed up” was dedicated to a couple in the audience. “Work it out” of course got their fans dancing.
Set List: Set it on Fire / Black Porch / Call me up / We get back / Washed up / Beach Boy / Rightfully so / How’s your Mind / Work it out / Saturday Show

Having released their self titled debut album in January, UK indie rock band Coasts took the stage to a capacity crowd at the Entry. Band member Chris Caines, Liam Willford, James Gamage,
David Goulbourn, and Ben Street pretty much filled the small stage. Starting with “Wallow” Coasts drew in the audience. Singer Chris Caines has very good stage presence and the intimate venue helped making this a very personal show for many in the crowd. Coasts sound is complex with dreamy melodies surrounding Caines vocals. All in all I liked their set and judging by the smiling and dancing fans, so did the audience.
Set List: Wallow / Your Soul / Modern Love / ALAINY / You / Stay / Let go / Lions / Tonight / Wash Away / Wolves / Arob / Stone / Oceans