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Concert Review: Coasts with Zella Day

Coasts played one of my all time favorite venues, The Larimer Lounge in Denver, last night (4/25) along with Zella Day. The weather was bipolar and the wait was long, but the anticipation of haven’t being to a concert since late March made the wait shorter than it seemed, not to mention how amazing the band we were going to see was.

I’ve heard of Zella Day beforehand thanks to BØRNS, looked up a few of her songs and never really got into them; however, this show made me do a total 180 on her. She had such a Lana Del Rey vibe to her and also as mix of Tove Lo’s poppy-ness but with heavier instrumentals. She started off the set with Josey Wales and by the time her 20150425_211726second song, High, was over, she was thanking everyone and was nearly in tears because she was so happy to have us singing her songs – this girl oozes humility and it’s absolutely heart warming. She proceeded on singing Ace of Hearts which quickly became one of my favorite songs of hers, followed by 1965, Sweet Ophelia and another favorite, East of Eden. Her songs surprisingly have copious amounts of bass, but it’s not overwhelming, making the music dance-y in a way.  She then came off the stage and sang Compass in the middle of the crowd whilst dancing with some fans – it was a beautiful moment. Jameson, Jerome and Milk & Honey came shortly after and she ended the set with one of her popular songs if not the most popular, Hypnotic, and her voice took over everyone’s bodies as she ended her set. Her recordings don’t do her justice at all, she completely blew me away – easily one of the best female artists in the industry. Her album Kicker drops June 2nd, and you can pre-order it on iTunes or Amazon now! She will more than likely be announcing tour dates shortly after so keep an eye out for those via her Facebook or Twitter.


About half an hour after her set, Coasts finally came on and the crowd went mental as they started off the set with Wallow, a song that has a pretty intense solid minute of just buildup, but once Chris opened his mouth to sing, the anticipation is worth it. This band balances relatable lyrics, heavy instrumentals and soulful vocals making the perfect equation for impressive tracks. Once the song was over, lead singer Chris mentions how great it was to be back in Colorado – it was a proud moment since the last time I saw them was two months ago at the same venue, except they were openers and now it’s them headlining. The set went on with Soul, Let Go, then Golden City before their recent single Modern Love (which you can buy here) was played and the crowd jumped in excitement to finally hear it live. The rest of the setlist consisted of Lions, Tonight, Wash Away, Stone, and ended with their most popular and my two favorite, A Rush of Blood and Oceans. The crowd completely loses  it, filling the venue with their voices as they sing along, and once the band realized what was going on, smiles were plastered on their faces. Sweaty dancing bodies cover the floor as the band end with a bang and Jimmy (bass) standing on the podium as girls scream at the sudden contact (shamelessly including me). Their album is finished but the release date is currently unavailable, but was made aware of a fall tour shortly after the release! Keep an eye out for those via their Facebook and Twitter.

This was easily one of the most energetic shows I’ve ever been to, also one of the few that made me fall in love with an opening act. The night was a complete success that ended with me sharing a beer with Jimmy and getting home pretty late after having lovely conversations with the band. The rest of the tour dates are listed below along with the ticket links, so if they are on their way to you, don’t miss out because they won’t be on tour for another couple of months! Take my word for it, this is a show you don’t want to miss.


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About Leigh Santos (15 Articles)
Music is my religion, the GATRS are my family. Traveler, and concert goer. I'm also a setlist hoarder and now a music journalist. You can find me queuing for a show, most likely during ungodly hours of the mornings in Denver but now basically anywhere.