Coastal Wives is a four-piece band from Denver, Colorado that recently released Traditions. The four songs are professionally produced with contemporary production that sounds radio ready. At their core they play rock with a flair for angelic vocal harmonies and lead guitar which often sounds like it was made for a post-rock album. The songs are well written and each member of the band feels like a significant cog in this machine. There were moments where I was enjoying the drums, other times I was appreciating the complexity of the bass line, etc.
They open with the title track. There is an initial feeling like the song is going to veer towards post-rock because of the reverb laced guitar but heavy power chord progressions initially feel more aligned with a band like Fountains Of Wayne or Weezer. The band rides a fine line between sounding like a pop act and indie.
As the song progressed I heard shades of the band Local Natives but the chorus had a more radio friendly appeal. Towards the end the band certainly goes into post-rock territory with some impressive results.
“Half Foot Friends” is another success for the band. I really enjoyed the guitars. One guitar provides waves of dripping white noise while the other picks a melodic, clean melody. The vocal harmonies during the chorus are exceptional and is definitely something the band should capitalize on with future songs.
“Firebreather” has a slight southern blues flavor. It's not so overt that it feels like a different band but it’s noticeable during the first section of the song. The song goes into some inventive territory by switching timing and eventually rocking out hard towards the end. They close with “The Amazing Antoinette” which was a personal favorite. I loved the pacing of the song and the drumming especially had me impressed.
Coastal Wives is a band that are mixing together a number of genres that ends up working quite well. They form a very solid foundation and there isn't much ambiguity of the band’s sound. Two thumbs up.
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