Virginia natives Your Favorite Coastline have released their debut EP, This Nightmare Called Love. The five-song EP is now available on iTunes.
Last year, I fell in love with a band called An Ocean Between, and was heartbroken when they announced their breakup (Heart. Broken.). Fortunately, the band members continue to be musically involved (May Lacey Murphy never stop singing. Amen). One of the spawning projects is now Your Favorite Coastline, featuring guitarist Thomas Glantz (of An Ocean Between), lead vocalist and guitarist Nate Weis, Brian Zawacki on bass and vocals, and Zach Church on drums.
The album title comes from the lyrics of the first track, “We’ll Sing You To Sleep,” which was originally released last November. The heart-wrenching song is the perfect introduction to the chill band. The mature lyrics are well beyond the boys’ years and the pop-punk instrumentals add a fun foil to the emotional vocals.
“Actress” has the repetitive guitar chords that are guaranteed to get stuck in the listener’s ears. It makes the chorus is ridiculously catchy, but upon closer listen, you see how well-written the song is:
She’s got a little heart and a brand new car,
Big dreams and daddy’s credit card.
She get’s what she wants, she’s spoiled rotten.
She broke my heart, not to mention my wallet.
Act one was a hit,
but by curtain call she’ll be running for the exit.
We could have been much more,
But we left before the encore
You’ve got a lot to learn,
You’ve got a lot of nerve.
She’s an actress without a stage.
A romance novel, stuck on the first page.
She gets what she wants, no matter what.
She’s not the girl for me at the end of the day
The song leads into the highly pop-punk track, “Don’t Hold Your Breath.” Comparable to Bowling For Soup, Par 6, and All Time Low, the song is a high-energy love story that cutely describes teen love (“We’ll never be this young again, so love me like it’s the trend”). The boys not only tell a great story lyrically, but instrumentally, the band simulates erratic heartbeats and the fast-paced pulse you get when you’re with the one you love.
YFC recruits Rookie of The Year’s Ryan Dunson for their song, “Happy Anniversary.” The predominantly acoustic song once again highlights the band’s ability to not only tell a story, but tell it well:
Found at the scene of the crime with blood on the bed,
The murder weapon found beating behind her chest.
You’ve made a mess, you’ve made a mess.
I want my heart back, but nothing’s left.
Finally, is a personal favorite, “This Song Is All You’ll Ever Have. (We Go Down Alone).” Everything in the song works together to make a pop-punk masterpiece: from Weis’s angst-y vocals and guitar, Glantz’s high-energy guitar-playing, Zawacki’s consistent bass-playing and Church’s insane drumming. It’s the best song to end with, as it leaves an impression on the listener, plus it rounds out the band’s skills as musicians.
This Nightmare Called Love is one of the coolest EPs to come out this year, and it’s made cooler just realizing that this is just their debut EP. Make sure to pick up the album on iTunes!