Coastal Fire Dept.

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.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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