The Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet, Coastgaard can trace their origin to when its founding members, rian Dalessandro (drums and vocals) and Matt Miller (lead vocals and guitars) first began playing together in Sons of Sons in 2009. Sons of Sons split up after creative differences but Dalessandro and Miller continued playing together, and recruited Sean Glassman (guitar, keys, vocals) to join the band in 2011. And Paolo Codega (bass and vocals) joined in early 2012 to complete and flesh out the band’s sound.
The band’s self-titled debut was released last year, and it received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that was heavily influenced by 60s surfer rock and 90s alternative rock and for the countless shows they’ve played across New York City. Interestingly enough, the singles the band released from their debut effort bore an uncanny resemblance to Vampire Weekend. Granted, Coastgaard’s sound didn’t strike me as being as obnoxiously twee.
The Brooklyn quartet’s latest single “Black White Fuzz” is a subtle change in sonic direction, as the song is jangling pop-based indie rock that sounds as though the members of the band were listening to The Smiths, even down to the melancholy nostalgia that Morrissey and Company specialized in; however, Coastgaard still maintains a breezy, last day of summer-like feel, making the song perfect for today.