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After a much talked-about performance at Reading & Leeds, As Elephants Are return with an uplifting new single: “Crystal“. Due to be officially released on October 7th, the single is available to preorder now on iTunes.

“As Elephants Are have yet to disappoint and we’re loving this next step in their journey”
– All Things Go, US

– Blahblahblahscience, US

“New single Crystal is magical”
– The 405, UK

“Laden with hooks, sing-a-longs and epic guitar riffs.”
– It’s All Indie, UK

Catch the band live as they go on tour around the country this month:

Thursday 5th – Bath – Moles Club
Saturday 14th – Southsea – Festival
Wednesday 18th – Leeds – Cockpit w/Jaws
Tuesday 24th – Leicester – The Cookie Jar
Thursday 26th – Norwich, Arts Centre

Friday 4th – Banbury – Also Known As
Monday 7th – London – Old Blue Last w/ Coastal Cities & Haus
Wednesday 9th – St Albans, The Horn

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China Rats set alight the critics with their new single Deadbit. The band’s new EP “Don’t Play With Fire” will be released October 14th digitally and a week later on 12-inch vinyl. Check out the artwork above and listen do “Deadbeat” below…

“Sitting somewhere between The Kinks and those early singles from The Clash, the band’s slim discography to date ripples with real promise (…) It’s stirring stuff”
– Clash Music, UK

“This latest track is indicative of the gritty Brit-rock songs China Rats create – wrapped up in dirty, sexy grit that will please any listener”
– Beautiful Buzzz, US

“This track is chaotic, raw, and unapologetic. From beginning to end, China Rats go hard and loud with wailing vocals, gritty guitar, bellowing bass, and drums that just won’t quit.”
– Indie Shuffle, US

Both China Rats and As Elephants Are are confirmed for Reading & Leeds festivals this August bank holiday weekend. China Rats play the Festival Republic stage at Leeds on Friday 23rd and at Reading on Sunday 25th.

As Elephants Are have been invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at Leeds also on 23rd and at Reading on 25th.

Check out the full festival line up’s here


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French fans of Coastal Cities can pick-up the summer edition of trend-setter magazine Jalouse. A great article by Noémie Lecoq:

“Only a few singles out and yet one certitude:

the five Britons have a bright future ahead”

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Coastal Cities recently gathered at their local cricket club and performed an acoustic version of their latest single for Burberry Acoustic.

Check out the summery result below, and don’t miss the band’s next gig at Club NME KOKO if you are in the capital.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see China Rats this summer and experience their exhilarating live show.

The band will notably be part of the first music festival ever to be held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and make a detours via The Netherlands and Spain for deBeschaving and Benicassim. See the full list below and Click here for tickets and info.

11th June – Oporto – Leeds (UK)
29th June – Hard Rock Calling (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) – London (UK)
2nd July – Sebright Arms (w/The Weeks) – London (UK)
3rd July – The Soup Kitchen (w/The Weeks) – Manchester (UK)
6th July – Festival deBeschaving – Utrecht (Netherlands)
11th July – Hare and Hounds (w/The Weeks) – Birmingham (UK)
20th July – Benicàssim – Benicàssim (Spain)
4th August – YNot Festival – Derbyshire (UK)
23rd August – Reading & Leeds Festival – Leeds (UK)
25th August – Reading & Leeds Festival – Reading (UK)
30th August – Bingley Music Live – Bingley (UK)

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Coastal Cities’ exciting new single ‘Entropic’ / ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ is now officially out in the world!

Available for purchase as a double A-side:

Digital dowload (via iTunes)
7-inch vinyl (via Bandcamp)

The single launch party will be held at London’s Old Blue Last this Friday, 14th June. The band will be performing live and selling signed and numbered 7-inches at the door.

Come and kick the summer off with us.



Tuesday 14 May 2013


Britain’s biggest celebration of emerging talent is coming back to Brighton this weekend.

China Rats will be there and perform not one, not two, but three shows. Catch them at the following:

Thursday 16th:
The Mini Escape @ Belushi’s Below – 9:30pm

Saturday 18th:
Sticky Mikes Frog Bar – 12:15pm
Old Ship Paganini Ballroom – 8:15pm – w/ Tribes & The 1975

Don’t miss that last show, bound to be one of this year’s highlights, and check out the lyric video for China Rats’ latest track ‘Nip It In The Bud’ below:

Coastal Cities are one of three bands fronting the new Burberry Spark eyewear campaign, a music-driven campaign inspired by the energy of summer and the vibrant spirit of the emerging British music scene. The campaign video features the band’s latest track ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ and was filmed on the Burberry set in London.

Nothing Ever Changes‘ forms the second half of the band’s new single. Released on 7″ vinyl and as a digital download, the single will also include ‘Entropic’; a track fuelled by jagged post punk guitars, 80’s tinged keyboard riffs and youthful summer vibes (watch on YouTube).

Catch them live:
Monday 23rd May – London – Birthdays
May 30th – Bath – Moles Club
Friday 14th June – London – Single Launch Party @ Old Blue Last



As Elephants Are will be playing west London’s Bushstock Festival on June 1st.

The High-Wycombe crew will be performing with Theme Park, Willy Mason and Maricka Hackman, alongside several other exciting new acts.

Organised by the team behind label and live promoter Communion, the festival will be held in various venues around London’s Shepherd’s Bush. Tickets are already on sale on the brand new Bushstock website.

The band recently premiered the video for their punching new track ‘Youth Blood’ on Nylon Magazine, watch it below: