Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Recently we’ve met genre-spanning Wisconsin-based artist KennyHoopla, viral Icelandic synth-pop sensation Daði Freyr, Leeds New Wave quintet Eades, Spanish post-punks Belako, and now we’re introducing you to rising grunge-pop four-piece Coach Party!
Hailing from the Isle of Wight, the group just released their debut EP ‘Party Food’ via Chess Club Records, and if you were looking for your next six-track fix of dazzling pop goodness, look no further.
Also sharing the video for EP gem ‘Bleach’, lead vocalist Jess Eastwood explains of the song, “It’s pretty rare for anyone to actually have a consistently interesting & fulfilling life (speaking for ourselves here). ‘Bleach’ is basically our lifelong daydream of having the confidence & spontaneity to wake up one day and decide to ditch work, rent and any other boring commitments in favour of opening yourself up to the possibility of something amazing and worth remembering happening to you. It’s a song for anyone who feels unsatisfied and frustrated with the routine of normal life and finds it hard to get excited about existence. It’s so easy to feel trapped in that situation, and so hard to do anything about it. It’s almost like modern life is designed to make us feel that way, and anyone who tries to disconnect from that way of living is largely branded as an outcast.”
We sent them over a couple of qs to find out a bit more about them.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
We're like a rich tea; classic, easy on the tongue and a nations' favourite. We'll go with anything.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
You know when you're basically a baby and a family member puts a guitar on your lap and you do that clawing thing at it? That. Technique has changed little since then.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Jess got a bass at 15, but didn't really play until she realised she desperately wanted to be in The Big Moon. Guy grew up constantly listening to music, but the inspiration to play largely came from an obsession with Rage Against The Machine. Mid 2000's indie played a big part in getting into writing music for Joe.. Wombats, Strokes, Arctic Monkeys. Steph was all about Cribs & Libertines.
Discovering music that we idolised and obsessed over has basically been the catalyst for all of us.
You’re originally from Isle of Wight! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
It's as good as it's been in a long time. It's inherently a small & really supportive community with new bands coming through all the time, awesome studios, a great venue, and everyone takes pride in supporting their fellow IOWers. Everything is independently owned & run over here, which makes it a nervous time worrying about how everyone's going to pull through out of lockdown, but we've got each others back so we're sure it'll be cool.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
These are all well ahead of us, but we've been following & loving all the Boy Azooga stuff. Davey is one of those rare geniuses and a seriously cool guy. We also massively dig what Alfie Templeman, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard & Sports Team have been putting out recently.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Cherry Glazerr are in one of the new Weezer videos. Wish that was us.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
The possibility of being able to play live later in the year is keeping us going. We really hope some of the festivals & gigs we had lined up for the summer will be in a position to reschedule for the Autumn, but we'll just have to keep an eye on it. We've been skating a lot and looking forward to one of us being able to do an ollie. But realistically that's not likely to be this year.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
Our lifelong friendship. We've never expected to be in a position where people outside of the Isle of Wight would listen to our music, and it makes us want to be friends with anyone who does.
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