Today our new music spotlight is on KOATES

Location: London

Line-up: James Coates (Vocals/guitar), JoJo Macari (Bass/backing vocals) & Joe Perkins (Drums)

About: Through a string of serendipitous events, the band came together when front-man James, in search of a new guitar, ran into bassist JoJo playing in a guitar shop on Denmark street. The pair hit it off and James left with both a new guitar and the bands bassist. Shortly after James and JoJo met drummer Joe whilst he was on a date in a curry house on Brick Lane. Joe’s date didn’t go so well, but KOATES had found their drummer and the band was formed.

Fast forward to present day, and with only a handful of gigs under their belts, KOATES have already developed a sound and song-writing dynamic that would best be described as the love-child of Mac Demarco, The Police and Fleetwood Mac.

What Hidden Herd say:Escalators‘ arrives soaked in liquid gold; a hazy look at 80’s rock seen through rose-tinted aviators. James Coates vocals call out sincerely atop a punchy, uplifting ballad that has us aching to escape to the beach in a bright red convertible playing this as our soundtrack.

For fans of: Mac Demarco, Fleetwood Mac

Next shows:‪

June 8th Sebright Arms –


Latest track:Escalators