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You may have spotted this band fronting the latest Burberry Spark eyewear campaign, and with a slew of summer tracks under their belts it won’t be long until it’s their music that you find circling your head at every given opportunity. And with that in mind we grab lead singer Declan for a chat and snap up the boys for this weekend’s mixtape. Turn up the volume.
YOU’RE FROM HIGH WYCOMBE, WHERE DID THE NAME COASTAL CITIES COME FROM?
The name itself was chosen from a track-listing on an iPod whilst we were at school. Just scrolling through song names. We liked it because it had this theme of escapism to it that a lot of our friend’s bands didn’t have. They were very heavy guitar bands and we wanted to make pop music, so the name “Coastal Cities” stood out amongst our peers. It’s also ironic because near to where we live (High Wycombe) is the furthest point from the sea in England
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD TOY?
As a kid, I used to be infatuated with Toy Story so I’ll have to say that my Woody and Buzz Light-year toys were my favourites.
WHO’S THE COOLEST MEMBER OF THE GRIUP?
I don’t think it’d be fair for me to say, but I think we all have our moments of ultimate cool and ultimate lame. We’re a strong unit, so it if one of us is “cool” then maybe we’re all “cool”
WHAT WERE YOUR INFLUENCES GROWING UP?
I was brought up on a lot of old disco, punk and reggae. I think we were all fairly influenced by our parents on music, but also by our friends. We all liked pop-punk, like Blink 182 and we’ve all had a brief fascination with ambient dance groups like Apparat and Aphex Twin. Overall though I think we just appreciate really good songs. We have an infatuation with “perfect pop songs” and that influences the way we write.
FAVOURITE SONG TO PERFORM LIVE?
Probably our newest tracks at any given time. We love all our songs like they were our children, but the newest ones the most exciting because they have just been written or recorded… at least to play live. I would have to say our next single “Summer Reign” is going down well at the minute at shows.
BEST GIG YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?
Personally, one of the most memorable shows I have been to was seeing Bloc Party play at the London Olympia in 2009. Kele came out in a bunny outfit because it was on Easter Sunday. Foals were supporting too and the whole show blew me away.
X-FACTOR OR THE VOICE?
Neither, I think we find them both extremely narcissistic. The idea that people would queue up to be judged on their qualities and abilities is a bit strange to me. I don’t go into that, although I do really like Tom Jones…
THE BEST ERA FOR MUSIC WAS?
We have this whole 80s tag referenced to us at the minute, which is fine, but honestly, I’d personally have to say that the late 1950s and early 1960s was probably the best era for popular music. It has this whole naive quality to it that I find fairly endearing. No one really makes songs like that anymore and it’s a shame because everything we learn today through popular music was more or less conceived from that period of time. I think each of us would have their own answer, but I would say that was a good era for music.
WHAT MAGAZINES DO YOU READ?
To my knowledge, we’re not huge on magazines, but I think we check the NME from time to time.Clash Music is good and magazines like Time Out and The Fly are always good to read when we come across them.
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE AMBITION FOR THE BAND?
To release an album that we’re really proud of, to see parts of the world, meet interesting people, write some great music and do something with our lives that we can really look back on as friends. Life is one big rollercoaster so it’s best to hang on and ride it out the best you can. To do all that and maybe more, would be our greatest ambition.