Lukas Atlas and Coleman Trapp are Coast Modern; a laid-back, West Coast outfit that fuse genres, push boundaries, and generally embrace their own tendencies to get a little weird. They met in LA where they were both working in the songwriter scene. "Trying to craft mega-hits for mega-stars," explained Lukas during our recent NEXT Session with the band. "But we kept making songs that were too weird for everybody. Too idiosyncratic. After a long time we were like, 'hey...we should put this energy into our own thing that can live and be weird'. And that's Coast Modern".
And we love it. The band has been chucking spunky indie gems into the universe the last year and change; each one plunging into a different side of the band's weird personality. Recently, the band brought four of the tunes by HQ, filling the studio with the kind of sunny, West Coast vibes that had us all dreaming of the summer to come. Also, good news...the band will be dropping a proper, full-length debut on May 5th, just in time to fuel your warm-weather soundtrack with a brand new breed of mega hits.
Ooh, oh Baby's on the road Tryin' to find what's golden Never gonna hold her down I'm chillin' on the sofa I don't wanna yoga I don't want a life right now And ooh, I see outside It's changing seasons But I'm burning all my daylight sleepin' I want you to know that I'm still tryin' Baby, be my guru You see through my bad, You know I have my moods When I'm super low, you pull me higher Baby, be my guru We're miles apart, but not at heart, My guru She called me from a train Headed to a plane Comin' for a week or two Gotta clean my act up I don't wanna act up So I gotta find my groove Ooh, good vibrations swirlin' 'round me So why does changing hurt so badly? I want you to know that I'm still tryin' Baby, be my guru You see through my bad, You know I have my moods When I'm super low, you pull me higher Baby, be my guru We're miles apart, but not at heart, My guru Got some scruff goin', gotta shave it Get my diet up, no more eating bacon Get a bathe in, I bet it'd feel amazin' I crawl up from the cave I created in my basement And even if I'm slow, She's patient with the pace I grow Oh, you know she is And when I am alone, She's with me every place I go I want you to know that I'm still tryin' You see through my bad, You know I have my moods When I'm super low, you pull me higher Baby, be my guru We're miles apart, But not at heart, my guru We're miles apart, But not at heart, my guru into that mega hit world. both kind of like doing the songwriter scene, and we were introduced by a mutual friend. - Trying to craft mega hits for megastars, but we kept making songs that were too weird for everybody, too idiosyncratic. And then after a long time, we were like, "Hey, we should put this energy into our own thing that can live and be weird. " And that's Coast Modern. She's lighting candles on the mantel It's a shrine to my ego Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh The sage is smoking and I'm hoping that she'd take me where she goes Oh oh oh oh oh Wavy designs and ripples in time It's a feelin' of emotion That I just can't describe We're swinging from vines Eatin' lemons and limes We're two waves in the ocean Won't you just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair 'Cause I m-m-m-might go crazy Just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair I need a little something, baby We're skinny dippin' in your living room crying and laughing Ha ha ha ha Hee hee hee hee Just comb my hair 'cause I get scared when I don't know what will happen to me What happened to me We're swinging from vines Eating lemons and limes We're two waves in the ocean Won't you just comb my hair? Just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair 'Cause I m-m-m-might go crazy Just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair I need a little something, baby Oh oh oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh oh I feel the sunshine within I'm a breeze in the wind You're a hum in the air We're all echoes of love Stay with me for the night Help me feel all right Baby, comb my hair We're all echoes of love Wavy designs and ripples in time We're two waves in the ocean Won't you just comb my hair? Just comb my hair Just comb my hair Just comb my hair, Just comb my hair Just comb my hair, 'Cause I m-m-m-might go crazy Just comb my hair Everybody gotta comb my hair, comb my hair Just comb my hair You know, you know, you know, you know, whoo Oh oh oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh oh - Yeah, I ran away. I went to Denver for a vacation. And I loved it there. I loved that the pace was different from L. A. , and I feel like I kind of rediscovered some stuff. - Well, meanwhile, I was like, "Where is Coleman?" He had dropped off all communication. - Off the grid. - He was like a mountain man. - I was in the woods. - Full beard. Then I started seeing some little acoustic things in my inbox. - I was mailing him cassette tapes unmarked, but he recognized the voice. - With white powder. It was very creepy, but yeah. - It wasn't anthrax. - The songs were so good that it felt like, yeah, something was here. So I told him to come back to L. A. , and that's... - We made a project. - Yeah. - And now we're making mega hits for ourselves. - Yeah. Cheers. - No one else deserves. There is an album coming. - Yes. - It's slated for release on May 5th. - 5/5, Cinco de Mayo. It's a wild and wide world of adventure. - I'd say that what people can expect from the album is as much diversity as there is between the singles that are already out. - Yeah. - Like if you think this song is different from that song, it's different from that song, that just continues. So we've got a batch of songs that are just unique. - I feel like the album is kind of like Disneyland, like you're wandering and you go into different rides, and like one you get freaked out and one you're a little bored and the other, it's exciting. Yeah. - It's going to Disneyland alone, as an adult. - Well, drugs are up to you. Yeah. Whoa oh oh ow It's hard to shake the feeling These phonies make my blood run cold That talk ain't got no meaning The shallow end is growing old It's getting hard to fake it Pretending that I fit this scene I'm fed up with the chasing If I lead, would you follow me? Running, running, running from my problems You'll be sitting pretty, Baby, hold on tight Racing towards a dream on the horizon Gimme something better than this hollow life I'm starving for an answer I'm dying for an antidote This planet's moving faster Why don't we hurry up and take it slow? And we could chase the sunrise, the sunrise I've been waiting my whole life, my whole life To sleep under the moonlight, the moonlight So tell me what you're thinking, babe Running, running, running from my problems You'll be sitting pretty, baby, Hold on tight Racing towards a dream on the horizon Gimme something better Than this hollow life You do You do This hollow life One, two, three, four Fever's breaking us in two But in the end, it's just a daydream Are you feeling like I do? Running, running, running from my problems You'll be sitting pretty, Baby, hold on tight Racing towards a dream on the horizon Gimme something better than this hollow life You do It's all an illusion It's all an illusion It's all an illusion It's all an illusion Running, running, running from my problems You'll be sitting pretty, baby, Hold on tight Racing towards a dream on the horizon Gimme something better than this hollow life You do You do - We never really expected to form a band at all, much less put out songs that we sing or people hear. So like at first, it was crazy just to have anybody listen to our songs. There's a ton of people from all over, like, we get hit up from different countries. - Yeah. The Way It Was was the fourth song we did, which is about we were noticing a popular theme in pop culture. People reminiscing about the past and kind of wishing for simpler times. But it's kind of a not-so-subtle way of saying "It's going to keep moving forward, so buckle up. " I was shaking hands with the face of death In the amazon I was in a trance Tryin' to catch my breath But I couldn't run And when you came around I was on the ground Blood in my mouth And I realized the whole damn time I've been missing out Oh, we're never gonna go back to the way it was Oh, and we're never gonna go back to the way we was Tell me if you wanna roll with the rest of us 'Cause, oh, it's never gonna go back to the way it was Have you seen it all? Have you had your fill? Have you had enough? It's a jagged pill you've been choking on You gotta cough it up Ain't it fine to forget your mind when you ride the wave? 'Cause summertime is only One more breath away Just one more breath away Oh, we're never gonna go back to the way it was Oh, and we're never gonna go back to the way we was Tell me if you wanna roll with the rest of us 'Cause, oh, it's never gonna go back to the way it was Na na na, na na na na na na, na na na na na na Na na na, na na na na na na, na na na na na na I don't need to know what we're heading for Babe, I'm not looking back Listen to your feet on the wooden floor Don't need nothing else but that You know you don't have to take Your past mistakes into the dawn So drop off your bags, Don't break your back We're gonna keep moving on We're moving on, we're moving on We're moving on, we're moving on We're moving on, we're moving on We're moving on, we're moving on Oh, we're never gonna go back to the way it was Oh, and we're never gonna go back to the way we was Tell me if you wanna roll with the rest of us 'Cause, oh, it's never gonna go back to the way it was
Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to stop following the leader, and start running your own
race. Coast Modern flies out of the pack with a refreshingly uninhibited sound for disenchanted
dreamers everywhere. Building on an admiration for the spirit of misfit alternative bands and the
fearless ethos of modern hip hop, the duo creates alternative pop with a wink that aims to push
the genre into the future.
Seattle-native Luke Atlas and LA-local Coleman Trapp met while working as Los Angeles-based
songwriters, fellow rats in the race to land songs with mainstream pop artists. After more than
two years of peddling some great, some terrible, and some very weird creations at the gates of
the mainstream, they received little more than fleeting glances. Watching so many of their
creations die on the operating table left the two burnt out and questioning their path.
With just a backpack and a tape recorder, Coleman escaped his oversaturated hometown for
the mountainous serenity of Denver, Colorado. What was meant to be a quick, head-clearing
vacation soon turned into months as Coleman blended into the community, working at a used
instrument store, and enjoying the simple pleasures of a normal life.
Without the pressure of writing-on-demand, he began messing around on a borrowed acoustic
guitar and recording tossed-off ditties on an old cassette recorder through the smallest hours of
the night. The pure, child-like enjoyment of writing only for himself led Coleman to a realization:
maybe hed overlooked a path that was right in front of him the whole time.
Soon, warbly tape recordings began appearing in Lukes inbox. At first I didnt think much of
these songs because they were so different, but they kept randomly getting stuck in my head
says Luke, who further encouraged Colemans experiments. On a whim, Luke created a
production around one of the acoustic demos and sent it back. Coleman was thrilled. It felt like
this could be something, says Luke. I told him to get his ass back to LA.
Returning with renewed vigor and a rusted-out car hood after a Mile-High winter, Coleman
quickly sought out Luke. With their new musical experiments buzzing in their heads, the pair
discussed creating a personal project based purely on the whims of their creative spark,
wherever that led them. After we stopped shooting at an invisible moving target and had no
agenda, thats when the sound came, explains Luke. And Coleman, who had not so much as
even sung Happy Birthday until a few years prior, began finding the confidence to take
frontman status, lending his vocals to the tracks that began to take form through a playful,
One of the first songs they plucked from the ether together was Hollow Life. An anthem for
restless souls everywhere, the lyrics drip with the same frustration the duo once felt for their city, while Coleman yearns for a simpler life away from it all. Racing towards a dream on the horizon/Gimme something better than this Hollow Life, he sings over plinking marimba mashed up
with angular fuzzy bass and booming 808 kick drums.
The song is about finding distance from what is hindering you, whether it be physical or mental
distance, explains Coleman. But were no gurus. Were just trying to let people know that were
here figuring this shit out too.
Coast Modern followed Hollow Life with another addicting earworm called Animals, and then
reggae-tinged single, 'Guru, a perfect jam for slow summer days. Their fourth single, 'The Way
It Was, celebrates the present moment with a groove fit for a tropical jungle cruise.
While the world was busy re-blogging and pushing repeat, their tunes were creeping up the
Hype Machine charts, with each of the four singles charting at #1 or #2, racking up a cool 12
million streams. Their eclectic sound caught the ears of a multitude of media, including Pigeons
and Planes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, NYLON and Interview Magazine.
Their songs began receiving spins on SiriusXM Alt Nation, KCRW, KEXP and Zane Lowes
show on Beats 1. After playing their first ever shows at SXSW in 2016, they were scooped up to
tour with acts like BORNS, The Wombats, and The Temper Trap on nationwide tours.
Behind the scenes, Luke and Coleman were busy knocking out a myriad of unreleased jams for
their forthcoming LP - due for release in Spring 2017. The entire album was written, recorded
and produced by the duo in Lukes living room, leading to an organic and distinctively Coast
Modern sound. The songs travel all over the musical spectrum, from Dive, a bouncy tribute to
nascent romance, to the psychedelic, weird and wild Comb My Hair, to the hip hop leaning
anthem 'Pockets.' Digging deeper, there's 'Wild Things' which encompasses a wistful meditation
on the passage of time, and the slow-burning, fireplace crackling Frost, recorded at the dawn
of Coast Modern. Coast Modern have the rare capability of covering a large swath of musical
territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.
With their destiny now grasped firmly in their own hands, Luke and Coleman are reveling in the
freedom of their newfound artist status. At the will of their muses instead of the tidal flow of the
pop world, the group can create the genuine, self-assured music that had been locked inside.
Coast Modern is what happens when you let go of what you always thought you wanted and
embrace the unexpected; when you stop chasing and start taking the lead.