Coastline are a rock quartet from Kent, hoping to break into the music scene with their debut release, ‘Taken Under’. Boasting a consistently strong vocal performance from their frontman, the band seem to have hit on a formula they think will bring them success. However, applying that formula to every song on this 6-track EP makes for a repetitive sound. Whilst this will no doubt please their fans, it runs the risk of sounding over-used to new listeners.
Opening with upbeat number, ‘Chapters’, Coastline introduce us to their upbeat sound and catchy choruses, such as “When I was young I was always dreaming”, which fans will no doubt have across the backs of t-shirts and be screaming back to the band at their shows. Cheery tracks such as ‘A Thousand Things’ are made more impressive by the constant harmonies, and album closer ‘Riverside’ adds some variety to the band’s sound with a mellower vibe taking focus.
Unfortunately, whilst other songs still fit the upbeat, sunny vibe of the record, they just follow the same set up as other tracks. The choruses are catchy but generally underwhelming with a predictable instrumental performance. Tracks such as ‘Dance Alone’ and title track ‘Taken Under’ are decent songs, but don’t really stand out from anything else on the record.
On the whole, ‘Taken Under’ is a solid debut effort from Coastline who no doubt have their strengths, especially the powerful vocals. But now that they have found their strengths, it’s time to branch out and prove that they aren’t just a one trick pony. Pushing their boundaries and providing some variety will see this band reach their full potential and, hopefully, see them becoming more and more successful.
Written by Jonathon Barlow