Birmingham punk rockers Coast to Coast like it loud – but how did they get to their gritty punk style? Vocalist Kieran takes us through some of his musical influences.
Good Charlotte – The Young and The Hopeless.
This was the first album I remember buying from my local HMV. I played it front to back for days on end. I still put it on now and then, it brings back so many emotions. It was definitely my gateway into alternative music. I never stopped playing this album, most likely to my parents dismay, but they were probably relieved I never went full circle and started dressing like the band. But 10 year old me most certainly thought Good Charlotte were the coolest group of people on the planet.
Real Friends – Everyone That Dragged You Here.
My favourite EP of all time. Real Friends quickly became my favourite band with this release and I have loved them ever since. This record was pivotal in my decision to join a band myself. This EP is special to me as it brings back some of my fondest memories. I worked in Illinois in the summer of 2013 and was lucky enough to go to Warped Tour where I saw Real Friends playing to a massive hometown crowd. It was at that point that I knew I wanted to be part of the alternative scene and make music myself. Real Friends and this EP in particular were a massive inspiration for me when we were writing ‘The Length of a Smile’
Deaf Havana – Old Souls.
This album came into my life at a pivotal stage. I was starting university and I remember on numerous occasions sitting in my room drinking to this album as I was getting ready to go out with my house mates. My flat mates eventually grew to love this album and we were often found signing along badly in our kitchen at 3 am without a care in the world. This album definitely played a massive part in the writing process for our new EP, especially on the track Post Graduation.
Forever Came Calling – What Matters Most.
This is the soundtrack for late night drives for the band. After playing a crappy gig to 5 people on a 3 hour drive home. We all love Forever Came Calling and this album is full of tracks that you can just get lost in and scream along to as you’re stuck in traffic on the motorway. We were lucky enough to open for FCC last year and they were the nicest dudes ever. They really do deserve more recognition over here, they are the tightest musicians and there whole discography is crazy good.
Tiny Moving Parts – Celebrate
This is an album I never get tired of listening to. The lyrics, vocals and all around musicianship is insanely good. This album is a feel good album for me and it gets me pumped and motivated for sure. Tiny Moving Parts really stand out in the scene for me, they just seem like the most genuine and coolest guys. I would love to share a stage with them. The lyrics really resonate with me personally and I could listen to this album forever. I can’t wait to hit the road in April and get this playing on those drives from city to city.