"Effervescently sad" - American Pancake
"Capo rock that will make you believe in love again (not kidding about this)" - Scum Dungeon Records
"Fantastic" - Northwest Music Scene
Originally formed in 2017 amidst a series of Seattle house shows, Coach Phillips has had an exciting year since the self-release of their ‘Learning How to Swim’ EP in 2018. After receiving modest support from blogs and college radio outlets, the EP gained national exposure by spring via a feature on NPR Music's ‘Heavy Rotation’ series.
Coach Phillips' activity since then has included: recording a follow-up LP ‘Never Is Enough’, supporting intimate bills and local festivals with PNW-favs Sloucher, Great Grandpa, and Naked Giants, as well as supporting Seattle tour stops for international bands like New Zealand’s The Beths (on their ‘Future Me Hates Me’ US release tour). Subsequently, the most melancholy track from ‘Learning How to Swim’—“Lake MI (Dream)”—was playlisted by The Beths among their favorite songs from 2018 (and rerecorded for inclusion on 'Never Is Enough').
Coach Phillips will be on a west coast tour in June/July 2019 in support of 'Never is Enough' (out June 5th on Den Tapes). The album largely explores the backlog of primary writer Wade Phillips, with many tracks having been demoed as early as 2014. The songs have since been infused with the energy of vocalist/percussionist Jessica Kim, and have passed through the theory lens of classically-trained saxophonist & Coach Phillips-drummer Chet Baughman. The album also features Tom Moskal on bass, Joe Oakes on guitar/wurlitzer (both also members of Seattle-project La Fille), as well as Austin-based guitarist Sabee Grewal on tracks 5, 7, and 9.