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Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards


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Having previously endured both success and the release of 3 critically acclaimed albums as the singer and songwriter in cult indie band Absentee, Dan Michaelson began his solo career at the ripe old age of 32 with his debut album Saltwater in 2009. It went down well and attracted a few nice reviews:
Your ears naturally tune into Michaelson’s skill at putting words to the parts of relationships that usually stay silent. The cruel asymmetry of romance is addressed exquisitely, recalling the resigned grandeur of the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster “ **** The Times

“impressive – comes on like Smog fronting the songs of Ed Harcourt” Uncut
Shortly after came Shakes in 2010…
“an intensely felt and sparsely drawn study of the beginnings and ends of relationships” **** Time Out
“Spellbinding, genuinely heartbreaking songs.” The Quietus
“A set of frighteningly good songs” **** The Stool Pigeon
“A voice deeper and darker than most extended overdrafts – Michaelson is on endearingly poetic form” NME
“An outstanding collection of quirky and bare to the bones songs” 8/10 Rocksound
“Michaelson gets as close to a prodigy of Leonard Cohen as is tastefully possible. I’m spellbound” Plan B
”A complete killer” Artrocker
Dans 3rd solo release was Sudden Fiction in 2011 , a record inspired by time spent in Marfa, Texas. The album was intended as a reflection on the unique atmosphere of that area.
“Michaelson is a master” The Times
“100% Proof.” Mojo
“Michaelson is a master of bleak atmosphere” Q
“one of the finest contemporary chroniclers of the highs, lows and all points in between of emotional engagement” The Quietus.


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  • Collis

    these should be bigger

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    Really good

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
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    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • SarahHorn-x

    They were fantastic last night at the Lowry, supporting I Am Kloot!

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • iixdotbe

    Loving Shakes! Great work guys.

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • the_jezmeister

    London based DM&TC fans..don't miss the chance to see them this weekend amidst the gothic splendour of the Union Chapel in Islington. Performing as part of the Marginalised: Songs Of Love & Loss event alongside Alasdair Roberts, Emily Barker, Robyn Hitchcock, Jo Bartlett, Cathal Coughlan and Cate Le Bon...raising funds for the Margins homeless charity. Further details here :-)

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Marquis-manson

    What a Quirky Voice... Remind of Freak folk Types of Vocals.. .

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • RagingRED

    Brilliant :)

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • iixdotbe

    I heard for Laurie a few weeks ago who said he was in studio with the Coastguards. It sounds like a follow up to Saltwater in 2010. Yay!

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • iixdotbe

    Someone has suggested corrections for Old Friends and "Oh Hetty" which are incorrect. "Oh Hetty" with the quotation marks is correct. And it is Old Friends (plural), not just Old Friend (singular). Also, Dan, you're awesome. Come to America!

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ponychaser

    Dear all, after spending the year touring under the wings of such bands as Broken Family Band, The Leisure Society, Duke Special and The Dodos, it’s a great pleasure to announce our first Headline shows. Tickets are strictly limited to 20 per venue, or at least it will feel that way if no one shows up. With this in mind, you can buy tickets as listed below: 4TH OCT SOUTHAMPTON JOINERS 0870 2643333 5TH OCT PORTSMOUTH CELLARS 0239 2826249 6TH OCT BRISTOL LOUISIANA 08713 100000 8TH OCT CARDIFF I FOR BACH 02920 233199 9TH OCT MANCHESTER RUBY LOUNGE 0161 8321111 10TH OCT GLASGOW KING TUTS 08444 999990 11TH OCT LEEDS NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS free gig, no tickets needed. 12TH OCT YORK DUCHESS 08700 600100 13TH OCT BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 3 0844 4772000 14TH OCT NOTTINGHAM BODEGA 08713 100 000 20TH OCT BRIGHTON PRINCE ALBERT 01273 673311 4TH NOV LONDON LUMINAIRE 0207 3727123 Much love, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • anansias

    Saw you last week supporting the Dodos... Great stuff! We found the Dodos a bit boring after you guys. Looking forward to another concert!

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • thedailygrowl

    I see that Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards are more popular than Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards...

    4 Mar 2009 Reply

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