Cosmonaut is a four-piece indie-rock band from New York City. Formed in 2009 by classmates John Paul Manley and Daniel Quinn, Cosmonaut blends shoegaze influences with alternative rock and pop, to create a unique, mesmerizing sound.
The band came together after Manley and Quinn met in a class at Fordham University where they are currently enrolled. Both Manley and Quinn share vocal and guitar duties, and enlisted long time friends Brendan Picone (bass) and Tom McIntyre (drums) to fill out the rhythm section.
The band’s sound has been characterized as, “somewhere in between Kevin Shields and Stephen Malkmus” (Aural Wes). “Their resonant compositions are offset with clear melodies and a natural intensity,” according to Fordham University’s “The Observer.” Weezer’s unofficial fifth member, Karl Koch, has described Cosmonaut’s sound as incorporating “shades of My Bloody V, early New Order, and Pavement,” (Karlophone).
Cosmonaut has played a number of shows at venues across the city, including a best of 2009 showcase at Arlene’s Grocery, and a tour upstate including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Wesleyan University. Their intense live show caught the attention of Adrian Grenier (The Honey Brothers, Entourage) who is a fan of the band, after he attended a show thanks to the recommendation of a friend.
Cosmonaut is currently working on self-releasing new material.
Tom McIntyre - Drums
Brendan Picone - Bass
Daniel Quinn - Guitar / Vocals
John Paul Manley - Vocals / Guitar
Hello Helium EP
She's In Heaven EP
TBA (in progress) LP
Cosmonaut Selected for Occupy Wall Street benefit Album
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As NBC New York has been reporting, storied songwriter Jackson Browne, alt-rock survivors Third Eye ...As NBC New York has been reporting, storied songwriter Jackson Browne, alt-rock survivors Third Eye Blind and LA folk-rockers Dawes plays Zuccotti Park on Thursday. This will be the first time high-profile musicians have played for Occupy Wall Street protesters since the park was raided two weeks ago. Jackson Browne and Third Eye Blind will also appear on Occupy This Album, a benefit album compilation organized by Music for Occupy.
A final tracklisting is not available yet, but Crosby and Nash, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Aeroplane Pageant, DJ Logic, Yo La Tengo, Lloyd Cole, Devo, Stephan Said, Lucinda Williams, Toots and the Maytals, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Third Eye Blind, My Pet Dragon, Alex Emanuel, Joel Rafael, Ladytron, Chroma, Cosmonaut, Jennie Arnau, Dylan Chambers, Global Block, Mystic Bowie, Harry Hayward, Mike + Ruthy, Jay Samel, Matt Pless, Mike Rimbaud are listed as appearing.
Music for Occupy will donate all proceeds from the album to, as its website says, "directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement."
As always, you can read NBC New York's continuing coverage of the Occupy movement here
YeahD presents COSMONAUT
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Shoegazers Jack and Dan of “Cosmonaut” talk with Phantom Power about the 90s influence, CMJ, and… dr...Shoegazers Jack and Dan of “Cosmonaut” talk with Phantom Power about the 90s influence, CMJ, and… drugs. Also featuring some live footage from their CMJ showcase at Kenny’s Castaway on Bleecker Street. Check out their blog and myspace
Cosmonaut Played Wesleyan University
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"New York City's Cosmonaut music sits pretty somewhere halfway in between Kevin Shields and Stephen ..."New York City's Cosmonaut music sits pretty somewhere halfway in between Kevin Shields and Stephen Malkmus. It's guitar-driven indie rock which drones but is not drone. Their songs are quiet and reverby, but don't get overly shoegazey to the point where you can't make out their gorgeous vocal melodies and guitar parts. Also, every song (that I've listened to) features a very nice and distinct bassline which seems to be insisting something about the nature of beauty."
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At the end of CMJ’s first night, the GigMaven showcase having concluded, I made my way to Kenny’s Ca...At the end of CMJ’s first night, the GigMaven showcase having concluded, I made my way to Kenny’s Castaways to see a show from Cosmonaut, a band I am very familiar with. Being introduced by a tiny crazed man in a suit holding a cigar was entertaining but could not be less Cosmonaut- they take their music very seriously, and they have a right to. Their sound has gone through quite the evolution in the past year, having changed their line-up. The best thing about their new songs is that they’ve let new sounds and influences into their music. The music feels anything but loose, but the arrangements feel freer and more breathable. Lively guitar work combined with intricate composition makes their music memorable and melodic, as showed in their set. Cosmonaut’s music is melancholy and sometimes dark in essence, and drones in a way that makes it emotional. At their best they instill a sense of contemplative security in their listeners, who definitely returned the love last night.
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