Bright lights and a pack of ‘Cigarettes’

Coastal Club performs at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of Zach Stenger

By John Ostapowicz / The Jambar

The Cincinnati-based band Coastal Club will release a new single for the first time in almost four years April 12, titled “Cigarettes.”

Coastal Club consists of lead singer and guitarist Alexandre Hirlinger, bassist Avery Benter and drummer David McGuire. The trio has garnered over 20 million listens across streaming platforms.

The band is best known for its single “Honey,” which has accumulated 11.3 million streams on Spotify.

Coastal Club debuted its studio EP “~i get nervous sometimes~” on July 24, 2020 and since then, the band has not released any new music. Hirlinger said he assured fans that the band is back from its hiatus.

“It has been a little bit of an unintentional hiatus, but we are excited to release music again,” Hirlinger said. “We’ve had people reaching out to us on Instagram all the time wanting new music and we are excited to finally be able to deliver on that promise.”

Coastal Club is playing above. Photos courtesy of Megan Preston

“Cigarettes” is one of three singles that will be a part of a waterfall release leading up to the bands full length album, with a planned street date for July, 2024.

Coastal Club headlined the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern on April 5 in Cleveland to celebrate the three-year anniversary of the music publication, Kind of Consistent.

Riley Furey, founder and editor-in-chief of Kind of Consistent, coordinated the event and invited Coastal Club, Jordan Dean and Liam Brock to perform.

The band played “Cigarettes” as well as other unreleased tracks. Hirlinger said the new single has been in the works for awhile.

“‘Cigarettes’ is a song we’ve written and had for awhile. We haven’t released it yet out in the world, and we are really excited about it,” Hirlinger said.

In response to the performance, Hirlinger said he was thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the publication and play at the Beachland Ballroom for the first time.

“We’re super excited that [Furey] asked us to come out and play the show. It’s our first time in Cleveland which is big for us,” Hirlinger said.

Although Coastal Club rounded out its touring stretch in Cleveland, the band will perform April 20 at Anderson University’s Spring Fest Music Festival. The band is also planning to make stops at other universities before planning a tour for its new album.

With each city presenting a different fan base, Hirlinger said going to an unfamiliar city can be rewarding.

“It is always interesting going to every city. Spotify numbers don’t always correlate with bodies at shows,” Hirlinger said. “You never know going to new cities, what [the crowd] will look like.”

“Cigarettes” is available now to pre-save on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

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