Coast Modern is securing their spot as a very excellent indie-rock-psych-pop group with dreamy tracks that demand to be listened to while driving with the top down. We caught up with them here!
This conversation with Luke Atlas of Coast Modern has been edited and condensed for clarity. Catch them on the Sirius XM Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour now!
How’s the tour going?
Really good! The crowd in New Orleans, where we started, blew us away. Before, the fans only knew a couple songs and now there’s six out, so they know a big chunk of the set and sing along.
That’s so cool. Your latest single is “Pockets Full Of No” — what’s the meaning behind it?
It’s about having a good time without spending a lot of money, contrary to a lot of popular songs or rap songs, it’s the other side that you don’t hear a lot. And still making that fun.
How do you put together a setlist?
It’s tough. We’re still perfecting it. A lot of our songs are very hype, so you have to balance that out.
Any backstage rituals?
We just get psyched. We have secret energy rituals.
What about after?
Usually we run out to the merch table and say “hey” to everybody, get some hugs. We like to meet the people who are listening to our tunes. You hear some crazy stories — people are quitting their jobs and climbing mountains because they’re inspired.
Do fans give you presents?
We’ve gotten some insane stuff. We got some custom-made cookies that had all of our single art painted on them perfectly. Amazing and delicious. A lot of food, I guess. People say, “what snacks do you like? What should be bring?” It’s very sweet.
Who are your influences?
Definitely Beck and No Doubt. Weezer, that was my first love. We dipped into a lot of the stuff we were listening to in the formative music years, those alternative bands.
Speaking of formative years, what’s the story behind your band name?
It found us in a weird way. We’d made a huge list of names and were tearing our hair out. Nothing felt right. One day we were flipping through books and e came across “coast modern.” We just knew and went with it.
You and Coleman both started as songwriters, right?
I moved to Los Angeles about 4 years ago, and Coleman grew up there. I met him in the studio. We were writing for other artists, all different types of genres, country, whatever. A lot of things we were making ended up being a little bit too weird! Cole moved to Denver to get space from the weird LA writing scene and when he came back, we were ready to do this right and make our own project and be weird and crazy.
And I read that one of you was secretly an actor…?
[Laughs] That was Coleman’s former life. I think if you were watching TV in the ‘90s, you may have seen him in some commercial or something.
As for you, The 1975’s Matt Healy is your doppelgänger. Have you thought about capitalizing on that?
I have heard that many a time! I’m going to try. I met him at The Meadows festival backstage and took a picture with him [below]. We’re doing the exact same face. Twins.
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It’s really uncanny. What’s the weirdest or most unique venue you’ve played?
Last night was pretty weird. It was in a ghost town area of Atlanta. Backstage there was apparently a haunted corridor that led to all these different venues, they were all connected. The ceiling was dripping. It had some creepy vibes.
If someone hasn’t heard you before, what song should they listen to first? Give me the West Coast answer and the East Coast answer.
For the West Coast, “Guru.” East Coast, maybe “The Way It Was.” A lot of history on the East Coast, but we can’t go back!
Can we expect an album soon?
Yes! It’s about 99.9% done. We’re playing a lot of the album on the tour, a lot of fresh jams. We have a video coming for “Pockets Full of No.”
What else is coming next?
We may have a treat coming before the album. Putting out a lot more music, a lot more videos. We’re starting to let our weird flag fly more, so more Instagram videos and bad puns. Those will never stop.