Black Coast take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here its the turn of Black Coast to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music? 

Break stuff by Limp Bizkit. It’s got a saucy groove and it’s a proper stomper.

Best rider you’ve had? 

Japanese cheesecake. The nicest cake known to humans.

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band? 

In Japan we all need a slash (not the guitarist, a p*ss) we jumped out the van and Matty decided to climb over a wall not realising there was a 15ft drop the other side. Gashed all his leg up and then the police came cause we was holding the motorway up.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“Wide eyed dissarray, the void is where I’ll be” is probably the line that relates most. Throughout the record there’s to many lines I could pick but the one but that has a good overview of being in a state of frenzy; out of body, out of mind and not knowing what’s happening in this place. Just simply existing

Easiest song you wrote? 

Off the new album probably ‘Vodka Smile’ Scott came in with the riff to the practice room and it pretty much just fell together.

Favourite song in your set? 

We haven’t actually played the new set with the new songs but on our last tour with Ground Culture we played Paradise as the last song on the last night and that was super fun. So can’t wait to get back out and jam all the new songs.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record? 

Dead – Alice in Chain’s Layne Stayley for sure. Alive – Fred Durst would be sick for our new stuff.

Hardest thing about being in a band? 

There are numerous, but I’d say the hardest is sticking to your guns and having a belief that it’ll work out when everything seems to be against you. That or money. It can get super expensive if you want to take your band to the next level, so if you’re doing it yourself then being clever with your money is key but can be tough.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Scott (lead guitarist) claims that his ability to dive bomb was granted to him after being abducted by aliens while out on a wild camp in the middle of the woods. To be set free he had to be victorious in a dive bomb-off with the leader of the aliens. Guess who won?

Jokes you have in the band?

I asked Arnold Schwarzenegger where the toilet paper was.
He said “Aisle B, back.”

Key to writing a song?

A solid structure with a memorable melody/chorus/riff etc. Honesty is also a key factor. If you’re not honest and truly enjoy and believe in your music then the listener will be able to tell that.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Japan. We’d travel and play there all the time if we could.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

I’ll take this from a band perspective as each member has completely different inspirations. Pantera/Alice in chains/Limp Bizkit

New band you’d recommend?

Freeza. Big up Stoke.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Metallica. Who wouldn’t want to open up a show to an arena full of people?

Place you’d most like to tour?

Australia or the USA

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Cost kick a bo agen a wo an yed it till it bosts?

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

The primary theme of the album is about not being in this world and living inside your own reality

See us live at?

Your City festival in Stoke 24th/25th July at the underground

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Nope. The beauty of music is that you can like whoever or whatever you like and there’s so much choice and so many genres to cover so many tastes. There are plenty of new bands and artists that will reach the level of the old bands and will one day become “the old days of music.” Just enjoy the music you like.

Unusual merchandise?

Nothing as of yet but I’m sure we’ll end up with Black Coast camping gear or our own tea line at some point

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Either a lofi or 80’s synth wave version of one of our new songs

What do your fans mean to you?

They’re one of the main reasons why we keep going. The amazing thing about being in a band is you meet so many cool people who help you along your journey by supporting you, whether that’s from coming to shows, buying merch, kind messages and conversations.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

We bought an American football before a show and started playing ball in a park. Joe chucked the ball to Scott who tried to catch it but the tip of the ball connected squarely with the tip of his thumb, dislocating it and pushing it halfway down his hand. He popped it back in to place and played the show that night (just) then the next day went to the doctors, had an X-ray and they said he’d popped it back into place perfectly.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Matty, because he has the bladder of a small child or Chaz because he’s overslept and thought the show was the next day.

Zoo animal that best described the personality of your band?

Chimpanzee. Can either be very clever or very stupid, but can still rip your arms (ears) off

Elizabeth Birt

July 30, 2021

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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