It’s an oh-so-sweet spot where Isle of Wight newcomers Coach Party sit, their exuberant sounds half festival-ready indie rock made for outdoor stages on summer afternoons, half throwback ‘90s alt rock with adrenaline-fuelled riffs and melodramatically angsty lyrics. Six-track EP ‘After Party’ runs the gamut here, from the unabashedly emo (and self-explanatory) ‘i’m sad’ to explosive closer - and ultimate standout - ‘Sweetheart’. Vocalist Jess Eastwood’s delivery sits somewhere in the realm of Courtney Barnett’s lackadaisical style, or the attitude of Beabadoobee at her most take-no-shit, and there’s more than a smidge of early Wolf Alice in the call-and-response backing vocals of opener ‘Can’t Talk, Won’t’. With a knack for a chorus (‘Really OK On My Own’), and hooks aplenty (‘Crying Makes Me Tired’), Coach Party really should be on your (fingers crossed) festival must-see list this summer.
As featured in the April 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
We’ll be sitting down to chat with the Isle of Wight band in the Festival Village tomorrow.
We catch up with the Isle of Wight indie band ahead of their set at EXIT Festival.
Eurovision silver medallist Sam Ryder is also confirmed for the event.
It’s the lead track from the Isle of Wight band’s forthcoming EP.