Coastbound - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the chance to interview Coastbound. Check out the full interview after the jump!

For people not familiar with your band how did you guys get together and what got you interested in playing music and forming a band?
Nick Anderson: I started the project about a year and a half ago while living and going to school in San Diego. What started as writing and recording pop punk songs in my small apartment, quickly became something that I wanted to pursue. I slowly started recruiting members of the band through a mutual friend that most of us share, and the rest is history.

Your new EP coming up soon is titled Wasting Your Breath. What can you tell me about the EP in terms of how long you guys worked on it, the sound people can expect, and what the overall writing and recording process was like?
We recorded the EP with Kevin Gates in Springfield, Missouri. Kevin is the bomb, and it was an amazing experience that I am still grateful for. He worked so hard on this record with us, and really made some of these songs come to life.

You guys premiered your new song and video for "Overrated" on Absolutepunk. How much as a band does it mean to be able to premiere a song on a site like AP.net and could you tell the impact it had day one for the song being able to premiere it there?
I’ve been an avid reader on Absolutepunk since I started high school, so it was really cool to see our first video premiered by them. It’s been great to read all the different reactions to this single, as we weren’t really sure how most people would take it. We don’t really abide by the sound and direction that pop punk has taken over the past few years. I really love the new age pop punk sound, but growing up on Drive-Thru bands, it was hard to steer from that influence.

One thing I like about the video and the artwork for the single is that everything surrounding it has a really great aesthetic. With so many bands trying to stick out how important was it for you guys to have those great aesthetic values with the premiere of the new single?
We do all of our artwork and videos completely DIY. Aesthetics are very important, and it’s really fun to be able to brand everything ourselves.

"Overrated" to me is a great summer song and it has a ton of energy. Why did you guys decide to release that song in particular as a single? What stuck out and made the song special?
Well after our debut “Shar’s Car” was received so well, we thought it’d be best to follow up with another up-beat song. While the context of “Overrated” isn’t nearly as lighthearted, it’s definitely a really fun song, and we’re so excited that people seem to like it.

Jason Tate compared the song early 2000s Drive Thru Records era pop/punk. Do any of those artist influence you guys as a band? What are some of your biggest influences?
The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Finch, New Found Glory - and many more Drive-Thru bands, very greatly influenced my writing on this EP and have always been a big musical inspiration. As far as lyrical inspirations go, Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, and Brand New all hold such an important roles. I was also listening to a lot of Modern Baseball at the time - specifically “Sports.”

What's coming up for you guys this summer?
We were actually originally going to be catering Warped Tour, and playing a few select dates, but we have recently deciding against that. Instead we will be playing shows in the LA area all summer, and hopefully hopping onto a tour in the fall!

I guess that wraps it up. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else you would like to add?
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