This electric-indie duo made it big in 2015 with their grooving beach vibes prominent in their first single, “Hollow Life”. However, it took them two years to create their own niche in our overflowing world of indie music; Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp of Coast Modern began their journey in 2013 as struggling songwriters who met in Los Angeles, California. Trapp escaped to Denver, Colorado for a period of time to reflect and become more introspective and genuine in his songwriting. He would send these snippets back to Atlas to be produced and before we knew it, Coast Modern had broken ground in the indie music scene. Not long after, the duo released their second single, “Animals”, in 2016.
Unlike many others, Coast Modern has artfully cultivated their own sound and have found success in doing so. There isn’t another band out there that comes close to resembling their electric surf vibes. The blending and intonation of so many genres such as psych pop, hip hop, and reggae, help make their third single, “Guru”, an addicting track that screams summer and beach trips from the very first sounds of the synth. Each song Coast Modern releases casts a carefree, light-headed aura above you while still not losing meaning by including quirky, thought-provoking lyrics and deep, rich undertones provided by the hallucinatory bass lines.
Coast Modern brand themselves as “America’s Newest Band”. Atlas describes their music as a combination of the old and the new by citing influences such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, and Weezer. Coast Modern first performed live at SXSW 2016. Soon after, they were opening for BØRNS, The Temper Trap, and The Wombats.
Currently, Coast Modern is on an Alt Nation, 22-city tour with MISSIO, 888, and Sundara Karma. For fans of Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, and Grouplove, consider making Coast Modern your guru.