Whereas Troubled Coast’s earlier work was a get in, get the job done and get the fuck out kind of approach to hardcore, “Letters” shows a much more restrained band that has grown tremendously over the course of just two years. Plain shredding and pure speed have been mostly traded in for more atmospheric parts and cathartic screaming. That’s not to say they’ve forgotten how to hit the gas, they still apply speed when it’s called for like in opener “Amends”.
With “Letters” Troubled Coast has definitely earned its place in the post-hardcore scene alongside acts like La Dispute and early Thrice. One to look out for? I like to think so!