Review: Coastline’s Taken Under

Coastline are a four piece emo band from Kent making big, stadium rock similar to bands like Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro and Young Guns. Now that’s a bold statement, but can Coastline live up to those comparisons?

For the most part, yes. Coastline’s Taken Under EP is 6 tracks of fist-pumping arena rock with huge hooks and chorus’ so infectious you’ll need to see your doctor to remove them. This really is an impressive and accomplished sounding release from such a young band.

Stand out moments come in opening song Chapters which has a chorus you can hear a 1000-strong crowd singing along with their hearts on their sleeves. Special mention has to go to the track Embers which begins with a gentle intro before exploding into a chorus so big that Wembley Stadium would have a hard time containing it.

The songs on Taken Under are simple yet beautifully written to maximise in an optimum “feel-good” factor. Vocalist and guitarist Simon Gearing is the band’s biggest pull as his sincere but soaring vocals punctuate every song with a memorable chorus.

The guitar work is also brilliant throughout. The melodies in every song are really strong and expertly played. Songs like Dance Alone manage to surprise with its’ inclusion of a massive riff which plays the song out and draws it to an epic close.

Unfortunately for Coastline, their biggest problem lies with a lack of originality. Their style of music has been done by many other bands a million times before and they run the risk of being lost in the crowd. Luckily, Coastline’s music has enough draw of its’ own to help them, but future releases are going to need to bring some special to the mix in order for this band to not be confused with other artists like We Are The Ocean or Youmeatsix.

Coastline’s Taken Under is undoubtedly a special release. The band’s winning formula of massive chorus’ and even bigger hooks are going to win this band a lot of fans and they have all the potential to be one of the brightest stars in UK rock. Let’s just hope they really do shine bright and not get lost among all the other stars out there.

8/10

Coastline’s Taken Under is released independently by the band on all good digital outlets come March 4th 2013.

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About Lewis Clark

Long time fan of rock and metal, webmaster and lead writer at UK Scumscene. Occasional co-host of Catbird's Sunday Roasting on TotalRock.com, 12pm to 3pm every Sunday View all posts by Lewis Clark

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