INTERVIEW: Cities and Coasts

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Good.  Excited to be releasing a new album after some time.  We have all been pretty busy, to say the least, so it is really exciting to come back together in the studio and make some new music together again.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Long Time Coming”?

It was actually the last song written for the album.  It almost didn’t happen.   We had all the songs written and we were almost done recording when I (Nathan Hedges) woke up with this line “Long Time Coming” and had the idea of the melody in my head.  I liked the line Long Time Coming” so we sat down and penned the rest of the lyrics.  The name also seemed fitting cuz our new album has been a “long time coming”.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

A lot of events have inspired the lyrics of this song.  We have all been in a position in our lives to have either lost someone or left someone we love.  Whether it was a permanent, temporary, a breakup, a death, moving to a new city, going away from someone you love on tour for months, a loved one going on a long trip, etc…

Well this song is about all of those things.   It is about our wives/girlfriends/husbands/friends/family that we wish we could see more and something is creating distance, a separation.  It is about moving to Portland, it’s about band members being on tour away from their families, it is also about this band and getting back together to play and make music together we love for the cities and people we love that has been a “Long Time Coming”.  There are other personal meanings to each of us but we will leave that for us.  It is about whatever you need it to be about at the time.  It’s literal and subjective.  But in the end it’s a reunion.  So, in true atypical Cities & Coasts form it does have a happy ending though (laughing).

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, we are currently working on a video for “Long Time Coming” and a couple of the other album singles coming soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process was different than any other record any of us have done.    All the writing was done independently for initial song ideas and we were all literally living in different “Cities” on different “Coasts” and/or on tour living on the road, etc..  rather than in the same room together hashing things out like the usual process.  So there was a lot of demo recordings and ideas being emailed back and forth until we gradually sanded off the rough edges enough to shape them into well rounded songs and a well-rounded album.  The recording process was very much the same as the writing process.  Some of this record was recorded in Portland, OR, some in Cleveland, OH and some in NYC.  We definitely made it interesting for Jim Stewart to engineer and produce and have to deal with all of our crazy schedules.  It was challenging at first but we learned a lot and very excited that we were able to pull this off.

What role does Portland play in your writing?

I have to laugh at this question because I don’t know where to start.  Let’s just say moving to Portland 18 months ago was one of the toughest challenges I have ever gone through in my life personally and professionally.  So there is a lot of real raw emotion in these songs  lyrics and they all have real meaning.  Sometimes songs/lyrics can be written because your band just needs lyrics so you make something up till you end up with a story.  I can assure you all the emotion on this record is real.  And I think it is important songs to have personal meaning and conviction.  People can smell BS if it’s fake.  This is the real deal.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

YES!  Album is about 90% done and we are shooting for a late April release date… but don’t hold me to it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Tentative release date is Friday 4/20/18 and the album will be titles “Long Time Coming”.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we will be releasing some full band and acoustic tour dates for this summer/fall 2018.  We will be making an announcement soon.

What else is happening next in Cities and Coasts´ world?

A lot actually.  We are working on a lot of songs with our publishing company for licensing, every one of us has additional music passions we are currently pursuing, I (Nathan) am getting married in June, some band members have moved to other states, some have moves coming up that we can’t talk about and don’t want to jinx… but we are full steam ahead and we have a TON of music coming and we are really excited about it.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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