Rising Indie Trio KOATES Announce Debut Single 'Escalators'

May 7, 2018

Listen To The Single Here


Comes Ahead Of Their First Show At The Great Escape

Friday May 18th at Beach House Stage


London based indie trio KOATES have announced the release of their debut  single ‘Escalators’ out Friday May 4th. The high octane single comes ahead of the band’s first appearance at The Great Escape, May 18th, where they’ll perform on the Beach House stage.


Through a string of rather serendipitous events, the band was came together when front-man James, who had been searching for the right band for over two years, ran into bassist JoJo playing in a guitar shop on Denmark street, and shortly after met drummer Joe in a curry house on Brick Lane. Fast forward to present day, and the band have developed a sound that would perhaps be the love-child of a menage a trios with Mac Demarco, The Police and Fleetwood Mac.


Produced by Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves, Don Broco), the single’s refreshingly upbeat rhythm is quite a contrast to the lyrics which touch upon the complications when faced with a break-up. “Silver staircase, always going up and down. Try to run the other way, but it keeps on coming round” express the cycle of confusion and uncertainty.


On recording ‘Escalators’ the band said…


"We turned up to record in a converted barn in the middle of nowhere and were blown away by how beautiful this place was. If things got too heavy we could just nip out into the fields and spend some time with the swans. The tranquility of being in the countryside paired with Larry’s wizardry behind the desk made for a really productive recording environment".  


Frontman James also said “This song had been buzzing around my head for a while, It wasn’t until I was going through a difficult time in a relationship that the lyrics flew out naturally, along with JoJo putting himself in my shoes”.


Following The Great Escape Festival, you can catch James, JoJo and Joe on stage at Paper Dress Vintage on June 7th and The Sebright Arms on July 20th, August 17th and September 21st for their forthcoming KOATES’ monthly residency.


With more music to follow and a stage presence just as captivating as their driving melodies, KOATES are poised and ready to make their mark in a year that’s shaping up nicely.


Live Dates:

May 18th The Great Escape ‘Beach House’ stage

June 7th Paper Dress Vintage 

July 20th Sebright Residency

Aug 17th Sebright Residency

Sept 21st Sebright Residency





The Band:

James Coates - Vocals/guitar

JoJo Macari - Bass/backing vocals

Joe Perkins - Drums

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