Incorporating some of the finest post hardcore, post punk, noise rock, and math rock influences with a soft pop underbelly, Michigan’s COSMONAUT blends shoegaze/post-hardcore guitar work with a style. Though only a band for two years, the band already have a Steve Albini produced EP and new S/T album is produced by Allen Epley and Eric Abert of THE LIFE AND TIMES. COSMONAUT has announced the release of their self-titled debut album for October 2nd. In the coming weeks the band will be announcing winter tour dates, but IDIOTEQ is streaming a new track called “Alias” 2 days early! Check out this solid grunge rock tune that I’m sure will win over some listeners and stay tuned for a full stream of COSMAUT’s debut album soon!
Brian George (guitar/lead vocals) commented:
We try to limit the piss takes at practice so we can make it through our songs with a straight face, but it turns out if you swing the verse of Alias it turns into the worst reggae song ever! On a more serious note, when we got the mixes back, Al (Epley) had added these really beautiful, haunting harmonies over the “oohs” in the chorus. This was a big moment for us, not only because it sounded great, but because the singer from one of our favorite bands took the time to add a personal touch.
Their debut release on Ann Arbor’s Swollen Lip Records, Pipebomb Full of Nails was recorded with former Thought Industry vocalist and Metal Blade recording artist Brent Oberlin. What was originally a one-off project laid the groundwork for a 3/4 reunion playing In Utero at 1993: A Tribute with George on vocals, and the rest as they say, is history.
The band’s return as a 3-piece was marked by the Killed by a Blushing Crow EP, recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. Their sound was tightened and focused, leaning more heavily on their punk influences, and enhanced by Albini’s trademark sound.
Since their return, Cosmonaut have shared the stage with national acts such as Death From Above 1979, The Life and Times, and Greys, and are currently planning a Spring 2016 tour in support of their upcoming LP.