Dan Michaelson

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Dan Michaelson
Background information
Born 1976
Dunstable, England
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels The state51 Conspiracy, Memphis Industries, Editions
Associated acts Absentee, Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards
Website www.danmichaelsonandthecoastguards.co.uk
Twitter Handle @danmumbleson

Dan Michaelson (born 1976) is a British musician who originally found success as singer with Absentee before recording with Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards and as a solo artist.


Michaelson began writing songs in his mid-20s. Michaelson formed Absentee in 2003, the group releasing three albums between 2003 and 2008. In 2009 he began a side project, recording as Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards, the initial release under this guise being the Saltwater album and "Bust" single, released by Memphis Industries in 2009.

A further album, Shakes, followed in 2010. The band included Henry Spenner (drums - of Fields), Laurie Earle (piano/guitar), Sanjay Mitra (bass guitar), and Horse (pedal steel/guitar).

In November 2011 he released the solo album Sudden Fiction, inspired by time spent in Marfa, Texas, drawing comparisons with Bill Callahan.[1][2][3][4]

Blindspot followed in 2013 and Distance in 2014, released on The state51 Conspiracy. NME describe Distance as 'forlorn Americana to rival The National', awarding the album 8/10.[5]

Michaelson described 2016's Memory as the final part of a trilogy.

In 2017 Michaelson released First Light, working without The Coastguards for the first time since Sudden Fiction.


Dan Michaelson

Artist name Work Label Format
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards Saltwater (2009) Memphis Industries CD, Download
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards Shakes (2010) Editions CD, Download
Dan Michaelson Sudden Fiction (album) (2011) Editions LP, CD, Download
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards Blindspot (album) (2013) The state51 Conspiracy CD, Download
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards Distance (album) (2014) The state51 Conspiracy LP, CD, Download
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards Memory (2016) The state51 Conspiracy LP, CD, Download
Dan Michaelson First Light (2017) The state51 Conspiracy LP, CD, Download
Work Label Format
Bust (2009) Memphis Industries LP
Love Lends a Hand (2010) CD, Download
Now I'm a Coastguard (2010) Memphis Industries CD
Sheets (2013) The state51 Conspiracy
Burning Hearts (2014) The state51 Conspiracy Download
Bones (2014) The state51 Conspiracy Download
Old Kisses (2017) The state51 Conspiracy Download
Careless (2017) The state51 Conspiracy Download

with Absentee

Main article: Absentee (band)


  1. Nicholson, Rebecca (2011) "Dan Michaelson: Sudden Fiction – review", The Guardian, 3 November 2011, retrieved 2012-01-28
  2. Marszalek, Julian (2011) "Dan Michaelson SUDDEN FICTION", The Quietus, 17 November 2011, retrieved 2012-01-28
  3. Rinaldis, Pasquale (2011) "Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards", Il Fatto Quotidiano, 9 February 2011, retrieved 2012-01-28
  4. Baker, Sonny (2012) "Dan Michaelson", Mojo, March 2012, p. 22.
  5. NME: Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards - 'Distance' http://www.nme.com/reviews/dan-michaelson-and-the-coastguards/15553

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