I went to a couple shows at this wonderful place called the Dojo while attending BYU. Its spacious interior was well-furnished with comfy couches and plenty of floor space; ideal for hosting mellow concerts. (I believe the building was recently renovated as an entrepreneurial office space. You can read about it here. If I’m wrong, someone tell me. Otherwise, I’m thrilled to see this place back in operation, even for a different purpose).
Around November 2000, I went to the Dojo to hear this band I had read about in the Daily Universe called Infrared. They were reputed to sound very different from what was typical in Provo. Infrared was described as “sedate, even reverent.” I was intrigued. Soon after I read about Infrared, they changed their name to Coastal to avoid name conflict with another band (I think they actually announced this at the show I was at). Their melancholy sound was a good fit for my final days in college. It launched a psychic process whereby I have sought out recordings by other slowcore and shoegaze bands and grafted them into my college memories. (I don’t know how I missed their later show with Low – good grief!)
Later, I found out that Coastal’s drummer, Jim Harker, married the sister of a childhood friend of mine in Minnesota. Just recently, I found out that Jim is related to a distant cousin-in-law, not to mention my own wife! Oh, small Mormon world! Jim agreed to share his perspective on Coastal and what he has been up to lately. Continue reading “Interview – Jim Harker of Coastal”