The Coasts are Eric Mount and Ike Peters. The two met as freshman in college, became best friends, played music together just once, and laid down a rock n’ roll album shortly thereafter. Enter Lovely Hearts Club. The advent of turntable.fm has allowed us to not only meet a ton of really great folks out there on the interweb but also hear some really special demos. Ike, a copywriter in Little Rock and one half of The Coasts, played a track for us in the Paper Garden Records room and we were hooked. How do we promote ourselves? Do we suck? These were just a few questions The Coasts had for us. No, you don’t suck. You rule. Let us promote you! So here we are.
The Coasts are just effortlessly fun, as if The Black Keys and Elvis Costello conceived an uncombed lovechild. The first track off their self-titled release, which you can listen to here, “Poltergeist” is a infectious, rolling pop song about moving into a haunted house. The thing is, you’re never quite sure if they’re celebrating or lamenting the fact that they live with ghosts because it’s just that upbeat. The track that really caught our attention was “Handshakers”, a quirky anthem that’s equal parts gritty rockabilly and punching pop. A portion of the record sales for The Coasts will go towards the Hope For Haiti’s Children Foundation.