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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Cosmonauts Unsigned Band Spotlight

I just hope yer ready for some starstruck, google-eyed gushing from me today as I eagerly present the next 'hotly tipped for greater things' band up for a Spotlight...the utterly f****** Amazing Cosmonauts, Not only have they inchy-squinched (that is a word) their way into my top ten, but they are now currently sitting on a small wall, chained to a big fence in my top five. That's how I picture the bands stuck in my top five you know, and yes...I am totally aware that I may be a wrong 'un because of this. This week I got the chance to listen to 'The Howl' (below) from their soon to be available debut album, and after hearing it I have to say that they don't appear to be moving from my top five any time soon!

Try as I might, I still find it hard to compare the Cosmonauts with any of the other talented unsigned bands from our walls here at Hellfire and that can only be a good thing. They have so many varied sounds throughout their songs that I find myself drifting in turns from both cheery and singing, to stunned and silent, as old school classic rock riffs clash with a dark vein of early eighties punk undertones, and as I always say, if a song doesn't make you feel something then it ain't worth the paper it's written on...and the Cosmonauts seem to know how to press all the listeners emotion buttons at once.

I'll be checking out the guys (and gal!) at the Flask on the 24th of this month and I have to say I cannot wait to meet them, so I can hopefully tap them up to play at a Hellfire gig sometime in the future...watch this space.

The Official Line;

 “ With such a wide taste over many decades their sound is a fine mixture of all and definitely not something that many bands are doing.”
Jennifer Love - Unsigned Exposed

The Cosmonauts are currently working on their self produced debut album, due for release in early 2012.

In the meantime, the band have released a 3-track EP showcasing the diverse styles and real musical depth of their sound. This is to give existing fans and new listeners a taste of what is to come on the album.

Here's our little Q& A with the band, check it out!

If you could choose one band or musician that has influenced your own bands music the most, who would it be and why?

The Beatles are definitely one of our biggest influences. We love their philosophy of ‘if you say it works…it works’ and that’s a big part of what we do as a band. The Beatle’s have a certain craft of making simple songs sound amazing. We try to understand how this is done and use these techniques in our own songs. How The Beatles approach music is definitely the biggest influence we’ve taken from them.

Has your music evolved much since you first got together as a band? And if it has, what direction has it evolved in?

Our music has evolved over the time that we have been together. It seems to be taking it’s own direction with the more we play and the more we write. The music is quite organic in the sense we play what we each feel, and most of the time it seems to work! We use melodic harmonies both in the vocals and cello while maintaining the dark rock edge. This gives us the space to experiment and develop certain sounds for different songs. Usually by the time it comes to recording the majority of the tunes were the same as when written with a few tweaks here and there. 

Everyone has their own thoughts on whether good old fashioned rock/punk/metal is dead and there's nothing original out there, whats your own take on the subject?

A lot of it depends on what your definition of ‘being dead’ is. We feel it’s called ‘good old fashioned’ because it’s music from the past, and people will always seek it out. All the great bands that have been still sell well and are popular, so in that sense it’s very much alive. There’s also a romanticised view of the past, when all these great bands such as Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin for example were around they were surrounded by music that is perceived to be manufactured and talentless.  We forget about that and just focus on these great bands, and this seems to happen with every generation. So the real question is can these genres of music create their own legacy for our generation. The Cosmonauts answer would be yes, and in 20 years we’ll look back and remember bands like Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age and The Arctic Monkeys as an example of the great music that was around in this era.

Screw dinner parties, if you could go for a right good old piss-up with any other musician or actor, Alive or dead, who would it be, and why?

Robin Williams wins hands down for us all! Without a doubt he has to be one of the funniest people on the planet. Every time you see him doing stand-up or an interview he is tremendous! He is so switched on to the world and is really clever in how he puts this across. It would be amazing to hear him doing all his accents and different stories. The boy is non-stop! It would be the funniest few hours of our lives!

What would you say is one of the main things that sets you apart from the current crop of unsigned bands out there?

We don’t sound like anyone else. Our philosophy from the beginning was to have a diverse sound within ourselves but have an overall sound and a feel that says this is The Cosmonauts. As a band we have never wanted to be pigeon holed into a certain genre and because everyone in the band brings their own musical background and influences to the table, it allows us to be so diverse. We are heavily influenced from the great bands of the past but make sure our music is true to who we are.

A lot of unsigned bands these days seem to be hung up on what 'image' they should portray onstage and in the media, do you find that a bands particular style or image is important for them to progress?

For The Cosmonauts it’s a yes and no answer! On a personal level it doesn’t matter at all about style or image…you listen with your ears, not your eyes! Think about the number of bands people get into when they first hear them…then they find out what they look like and by that point it doesn’t matter because you like the music. However, on the other side of the coin, we live in such an image conscious society that this inevitably plays a role in people’s perceptions of a band or solo artist. For us we are the way we are, and just stumble across ideas like our album photo shoot with the bird of prey.  The best images are natural!


  1. Wow! This band is awesome!!

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