Listen to the Coasts’ Driving “I Just Wanna Be A Star”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.30.14 in News

Little Rock, Arkansas band the Coasts spell their ambitions out in the title of the latest single from the forthcoming Racilia: I Just Wanna Be A Star. But that comical self-aggrandizement is cannily undercut by the disorientation in the lyrics. The song’s first line — “Follow the road/ where does it go?/ I don’t know” — conjures images of the band wandering aimlessly through a foreign city without a map while the song’s steady wallop of guitar and drums plays like a brasher, more barrel-chested version of Brian Eno’s “Needle in the Camel’s Eye.” They follow the song’s satirical premise to the end, imagining glowing Pitchfork reviews (“a perfect 10!”), prestigious headlining shows and swelling bank accounts. The whole thing culminates in a stack of harmonies and a blast of Stooges sax, suggesting that the better part of becoming big is sounding like you already are.