Westkust is a shoegaze/noisy dream pop/dreamy noise pop quintet from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band formed in 2010, and went through a bunch of lineup changes in the first year before finally settling on a permanent lineup. Two members of Westkust (bassist Hugo Randuluv and guitar player/co-vocalist Gustav Andersson) are also in the Gothenburg post-punk/noise band Makthaverskan.
They released an EP in 2012, and a 7″ record in 2013. This April, they released their debut full-length Last Forever via Run For Cover Records. The initial pressing of vinyl sold out quickly, and they followed that with another Swedish pressing and a US pressing.
I’ve known about Makthaverskan for some time, and I keep meaning to post something about them, but I only learned about Westkust this morning when I got something in the mailbag about the repress, which will be available from July 10.
There’s something here that reminds me of the poppy, bouncy variety of shoegaze played by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Even from the drop, before Andersson’s vocals come in, it sounds like a TPOBPAH song.
This is one of many songs from the album where Andersson splits vocal duties with Julia Bjernelind. In this case, they go back-and-forth a lot without so much focus on harmonies.
“Dishwasher” by Westkust
This is warm. This is fun. This is the sun on your shoulders. This is the open road. I never say things like this, but this is a fantastic summer anthem. The truth of the matter is that I don’t like summertime very much, but this feels “summery” and it makes me happy. So there.
You can purchase a digital download or a copy of the limited repress of Last Forever in your choice of black/white marbled vinyl or transparent green vinyl via Run For Cover Records