Following last year’s ‘The Length Of A Smile’, Birmingham’s Coast To Coast are back with a new EP. It’s all about the band’s experiences over the past few years, following the idea that the world doesn’t always work the way you want it to, hence the title: ‘The World Doesn’t Work’.
With opener, ‘Tremble’, a steady drum beat is immediately introduced before guitar riffs enter, creating a resemblance to the likes of Modern Baseball. After a few seconds, lead singer Kieran Hyland‘s vocals appear, turning the track into a full piece with a chorus that is upbeat and energetic.
Later tracks ‘Cold Buzz’ and ‘Boxing’ are somewhat similar, with an immediate infectious melody followed by Hyland‘s unique voice.
Throughout the EP, Coast To Coast sounds like the love child of Lower Than Atlantis and Movements, but what makes their style their own is the honest lyrical content. Each track deals with something that’s universally relatable, whether it’s relationships with the family, feeling alone and undervalued, and also touches on mental health.
‘Be Kind’ is one such song that reflects on mental health, and advocates the idea to be kind to one another. It’s a really tough world out there, and you’ve got to look out for your friends. Although it feels very similar to the other tracks in terms of melody, the lyrics stick and out define the EP as a whole.
‘The World Doesn’t Work’ is an energetic EP from start-to-finish, jam-packed with meaningful lyrics and positive intent. Though Coast To Coast are still tweaking and perfecting their sound, they’ve never sounded better or more confident.