Birmingham’s Coast To Coast have been a little quiet since 2018’s ‘The World Doesn’t Work’, but now they’re back with what is now their fourth EP, ‘Sovereign’.
The title-track (and technically the only new offering on this EP) encompasses a real sense of growth to the band dealing with social struggles many will relate to, none more so than comparing yourself to others on social media summed up with delicately written lyrics, such as “The words fall from your tongue / I came to ask you, tell me what it’s like on the other side”.
The remaining songs are all alternative re-workings of tracks taken off their past two records. ‘Heredity’ may be the oldest track here, but it still holds it own as the EP’s standout. This stripped back version brings out the raw emotions captured in the lyrics with, Keiran Hyland‘s voice stronger than ever, and very reminiscent of Mike Duce‘s (ex-Lower Than Atlantis) powerful but emotive vocals.
One of the band’s greatest attributes is using their platform to be advocates for mental health, a topic which is regularly brought up in their music. ‘Be Kind’ and ‘The Sun Is Dim’ both emphasise this message of looking out for one another in their alternative versions, allowing the talent of the band’s writing to really shine through.
It’s great to see Coast To Coast back, bringing a new track as a taster of a more refined and mature sound which will hopefully be a sign of things to come. Although more new music would’ve been great to see on ‘Sovereign’, it still works as a nice stop gap before we see what’s next.