Concert Preview: Coast Modern, March 19, 9:30 Club

March 12, 2018

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Electro-duo Coast Modern has a style that matches their name: a beachy take on the modern hip-hop genre, a smooth and synthesized evolution of surf-rock. Their sound is uncompromisingly strange, integrating such motley sounds as a child barking like a dog and the background noises that seeped through the open window of their recording studio.

Coast Modern dropped their self-titled debut album in July 2017, a 50-minute menagerie of a hefty 18 tracks, which include re-released single hits, new tracks, and a sprinkling of interludes. Songs deliver upbeat, optimistic melodies, but are laden with a nuanced authenticity, as lyrics that range from ironic to openly conversational address life’s complex challenges. The career-encompassing album is a record of the duo’s development as a band thus far, and at an intimate level: several tracks use the vocal recordings from the songs’ original writing sessions, capturing the intended emotion at the source.

The band’s first headlining tour includes a stop at the 9:30 Club on Monday, March 19, and will open with electro-pop trio Shaed. Further information can be found here.

Emily Jaster
Emily Jaster is the former features editor and former Halftime Leisure editor for The Georgetown Voice. When she's not writing for the Voice, you can usually find her writing poetry or wandering around art galleries and concert halls.

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