Formed in 2013 in the Vale, Guernsey, Coastal Fire Dept. serves as a throwback to the heady days of 90s alt rock & grunge guitar bands with a modern twist and other influences thrown in from time to time. CFD is all about big driving melodic guitars with catchy choruses that stick in your head.
The band features guitarist and vocalist Ollie Goddard, guitarist and vocalist Bobby Battle, bassist Saad Frihmat and drummer Ozzy Austin.
In 2019, they released their debut mini-album ‘Control’ on L’islet Records. In 2020, they worked with Ken Andrews (Failure, Stone Temple Pilots, Chris Cornell & more) who mixed their standout single ‘You Are Stuck’ which saw the band balance alt rock & grunge with power pop and shoegaze influences.
They followed this with their two minute grunge song ‘I Don’t Wanna Hold Your Hand’ to much acclaim. In late 2020/early 2021 they released the ‘Radio’ ep and their first fully fledged album ‘Connected’. Never ones to stand still and always keen to evolve their sound, in 2021 the band started to move towards a slightly harder guitar driven vibe.
During lockdown interruptions the band recorded three singles with Kellii Scott (Failure, QOTSA, Veruca Salt & more) on drums. The first of those singles is ‘Gun’ to be followed by ‘Loner’ (July) and ‘What Do I’ (September). Often compared to Nirvana & Pixies, the band is unashamedly influenced by those iconic bands but also keen to put a new spin to that sound/vibe.
“An absolutely cataclysmic new release from one of our favourite independent bands, ‘Gun’ is big, bold, and brutal, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.” - Broken 8 Records, June 21
“…a brilliantly chaotic noise rock anthem” - Broken 8 Records, June 21
“Like a boot to the chest” - Tommy G, Nov 19 BBC Radio Guernsey
“Vibrant and contemporary” - Neil Duncan, IssuePunkZine
“Leading purveyors of ‘Grunge From The Vale’” - Broken 8 Records, June 20
New Single (Gun)
Like a shot from a gun” - a snarling kicking grunge alt rock tune delivered with attitude and grit aplenty. The first of three summer singles, Gun Gun sees Coastal Fire Dept. veer to the slightly harder side of rock music whilst retaining their underbelly of grungy alt rock
Coastal Fire Dept. enjoy musical collaborations and the time was right to work with new collaborators. On Gun, Kellii Scott best known for his work with influential alt rock legends Failure provides the heavy driving drums.
Lockdowns haven’t stopped Coastal Fire Dept. being creative; they’ve just made them adapt. 2021 has seen CFD explore different songwriting/recording processes and continue to collaborate with local and further away musicians.
The first of three summer singles, Gun was recorded at Apocalypse Studios, Guernsey and Akira Audio, Los Angeles with the final mastering touches provided by Plaetlin Mastering, Hamburg.
Gun has seen the band working with regular producer/contributor Mikey Ferbrache at the controls in Guernsey and Gabe VanBenschoten (Mossbreaker, Failure and plenty more) producing the drums recorded in Los Angeles.
Coastal Fire Dept. enjoy musical collaborations and the time was right to work with new collaborators. On Gun, Kellii Scott best known for his work with influential alt rock legends Failure provides the heavy driving drums whilst Thomas ‘Shinfo’ Domaille of local metalcore band Granite Wolf provides the screamo vocal snarls in the choruses!
Gun sees Coastal Fire Dept. veer to the slightly harder side of rock music whilst retaining their underbelly of grungy alt rock!