Track Premiere: Coaster – “Power Tools” and “Be Who”
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I’ll be the first one to admit I have an addictive personality. I get obsessed, and music, being my one of my few loves on this pathetic Earth, is often the focus. Last year, my mind’s eye focuses on the beautiful tunes of Chicago’s Seth Engel. Seth’s current work in Options and Great Deceiver is truly incredible, both on a songwriting level and just as pure shred. We’ve highlighted those bands before, and if you haven’t checked them out yet please do that. Options was my most listened artist of 2018 on Spotify, and when you add the Great Deceiver tracks, it wasn’t even close.
So imagine my joy when I was informed that there was a prior Seth project that was equally excellent. Coaster, another Chicago band, is made up of Seth – guitar/vox, Marcus Nuccio – drums (Ratboys, What Gives, and Pet Symmetry), Dillon Kelley – bass (Longface), and Matt Kissinger – vox/guitar, making it somewhat of an underrated band supergroup at this point. Matt and Seth’s interchange on vocals, gives Coaster a sound that’s different from any of these other bands. Across their 2 LPs and 3 EPs, the band build a catalog of jams that bring to mind Speedy Ortiz, Stove, and other bands that let it rip.
Unfortunately, I have arrived just in time for the end of the party. The members, now focused on their diverse list of other projects, have decided to cease playing music as Coaster (at least until the inevitable festival reunion set). Late is better than never though, and I am very happy to be able to premiere the final 2 tracks recorded by the band. Take a listen to “Power Tools” and “Be Who” and then go on a bender through their discography. See you on the other side.
Henderson Cole // @HendoSlice
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