Upon their signing to Pure Noise Records, Troubled Coast were kind enough to talk to us about why they chose the label, their plans for the rest of the year, and the reception of their latest full length, Letters, which you can see the review for here.
MEB: You guys just announced that you have signed with Pure Noise Records. What went into the signing process and why did you decide on Pure Noise?
Troubled Coast: I think our friends in The American Scene may have shown Pure Noise our record before we went on a small Northwest tour with them in April. Anyways, we slowly started talking to Jake (the Pure Noise Records owner) soon after about releasing material with him. I don’t really remember how or who started the conversations but it was an easy decision to join the Pure Noise team because of Jake. He’s just a rad dude who works hard for his bands and supports an awesome label.
Now that you are signed to a label, is there any news of recordings or tours in the works?
We have recording dates set in late September to record a new EP that we are really excited about. We’ve put a lot of work into it so far, probably more than anything else we’ve released.
We also have a September west coast tour set up with our buds from Erie, PA, Deadhorse. I’m sure we will be on the road again after our EP is released in the early winter. Hopefully with our buds in The American Scene again.
You guys released your full-length Letters earlier this year. Now that about half a year has passed, how has the reception been?
We did just release Letters this year and the reception has been really positive. We feel like not a lot of people have heard it yet and it wasn’t really promoted terrifically but from those who have heard it, we’ve received really encouraging feedback. Of course, we’ve also received criticism, all constructive, and are taking that to heart but we will ultimately always just write music for ourselves and no one else.
You guys experimented with a bunch of different sounds on Letters, incorporating harmonica and acoustics into songs with hardcore elements. What was the inspiration behind this shift in sound?
There was no inspiration for the sound shift. Just a curiosity and an overall want to never be static with our music. Even if it doesn’t work, we’ll try it just for kicks. There’s kind of an unspoken pact in Troubled Coast to never do the same thing twice. Not because it won’t work but just to always pursue growth. We like change, change for us is crucial. It doesn’t have to be that way for every band but we think it’s necessary for us. Also, we just want to write cool music and what we are into while writing music changes a lot. I think that taking inspiration from other bands is a good thing. Talking back to the music you love, in a sense. Not copying though. And yes, it is a fine line.
Can you guys talk about some of the lyrical themes touched on in Letters?
The lyrical content of Letters, I realize more as time goes by, is very jumbled. The underlying theme is a story about a woman living a troubled life and a man who loves her; it’s about her death, her drowning in the ocean and the man’s ensuing obsessions with the ocean as he believes he has become the embodiment of her, with all its perfections and imperfections. There is more going on though. A lot of personal struggle with friends I’ve watched blindly stumbling through life and, of course, my own personal demons.
What have been some of your favorite releases from 2011 thus far?
Mile: Mansions – Dig Up The Dead
Tahm: City and Colour – Little Hell
Brandon: Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Cory: Balance and Composure – Separation
Randy: The Men – Leave Home
With this being quite a big year for you guys, what would you pinpoint as the highlight?
Probably the highlight of our year was getting signed to Pure Noise because we had so many plans and ideas for the future but no logistical way to execute them. Pure Noise is really enabling us to take off in a direction we’re excited about.
If you could tour with any four bands, including yourselves, what would that lineup be?
Troubled Coast, Seahaven, Mansions, Listener.
For anyone reading this who hasn’t heard of Troubled Coast, what song would you recommend to them? Also, what’s a song by another band that you personally have been enjoying lately?
Start with “Breathing” or “XX/XY” from Letters.
Mile: The Smiths – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
Tahm: Thrice – “Yellow Belly”
Brandon: Marcy Playground – “Sex and Candy”
Cory: Thrice – “Broken Lungs”
Randy: Any Jimi Hendrix song.