The Jon Cohen Experimental

The Jon Cohen Experimental

 
 5941 Waverly, Montreal, Quebec, CAN
BandPopAlternative

Hypnotic, beat-driven electronic pop music one man band serving up catchy hooks and danceable beats.

Biography

Jon Cohen's music can best be described as bass heavy, beat-driven ethereal alternative pop music delivered with raw precision and melodic insightful lyrics. As a "One Man Band", Jon creatively layers and constructs sound on sound in piecemeal fashion, instrument after instrument, part after part. Cohen’s tightly crafted, mood-provoking melodies offer a unique take on modern alternative music. 

Jon has been at the service of the Montreal music scene for over a decade as guitarist for "The Dears", "Social Register", "JF Robitaille" & "Panoramic And True". His music has charted countrywide hitting top spots in various Canadian cities. The title track for his sophomore album, "Behold", has recently been used in an episode of "Black Mirror" (Zeppotron-Channel 4). Jon has already amassed a large catalogue of media accolades and has recently been featured on "BBC Radio 4 with Tom Ravenscroft".

Jon has spent the better half of the last four years touring on Greyhound bus coast-to-coast across Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including SXSW, Pop Montreal, Olio fest, NXNE and more.  Cohen’s high-energy live shows have garnered him much buzz from audiences and press alike. He has supported acts including Brasstronaut, Mini Mansions, (Queens of the Stone Age), Bloodshot Bill, The Dropkick Murphys,  Khaira Arby, Oneida, Waxmannequin, Yukon Blonde and more. Cohen’s tours (both with band and as One Man Band) are well documented in his popular tour blog www.thejcex.com

Cohen also organizes "The One Man Band Festival", an annual four-day Montreal music festival which showcases the talents of one (wo)man bands the world over. Already in its fourth year, the festival has hosted over three hundred solo artists including "Steve Hill, Rich Aucoin, Waxmannequin, Pearson Sound, Bob Log III" etc., and been the subject of three documentaries, including one for the BBC. 

"..Cohen sounds restrained, comfortable and most importantly, like no one else in the Canadian music scene at the moment. ***Daniel Sylvester/ Exclaim!***

"..Cohen's high, cottony-soft vocals tend toward David Gilmour, with occasional hints of Owen Pallett. His lyrics are surreal and insightful" ***Jody McCutcheon/CHARTattack***

“On the group's second album, Behold, the proggy coexists with the hedonistic, the grandiose with the paranoid, in a lush, beautiful leafy haze.”-Daniel Levin Becker/ San Francisco Reader- 

Lyrics

In Order To Survive

Written By: The Jon Cohen Experimental

I walked into her fire
When I told her she was wrong
She said time is running out,
We’re not gettin any younger
She took me by the hand
Smiled n dragged me
On the dance floor,
And she said

Are you always this mature
i told her I’m not sure
Is your heart an open door
And we danced on the empty floor

You, you’re trying to prove something
Told her i didn’t have any answers anyhow
Just worries and questions
And mountains of indecision
She took a sip from her wineglass
And then she took a bow
Then she said

Are you always this unsure
i told her i'm not sure
Oh my hearts an open door
She never looked so pure

Oh and we danced right out the door
We danced right out the door
And i never felt so sure
I was the cancer she was the cure

There isn’t anybody here
To tell us how to run our lives
Ohh nobody here
To tell us how to run our lives
And so we learn to disappear
To dream to dance to cry
And so we learn to disappear
In order in order to survive

I couldn’t help to admire
The way she pretends
Like the worlds gonna end anytime
She says lets shelter ourselves
And she drew me a picture
The colours and lines were exquisite
Even though she was blind
And she said

Are you always this unsure
I told her I’m not sure

No More Videos Just Teasers

Written By: The Jon Cohen Experimental

No More Videos Just Teasers
no more gentlemen just geisers
no more rock n roll just goa
dancing naked in the snow-a
trying not so hard to please us
No More Videos Just Teasers
No More Videos Just Teasers

Those lyrics make you lose your shit
You try too hard you break a hip
and in the stretcher ambulance
you still get up and try to dance
trying ohh so hard to tease us

No More Videos Just Teasers
no more gentlemen just geisers
no more rock n roll just goa
dancing naked in the snow-a

Attention spans are getting short
and drugs are cheaper at the port
A little pick me up to ease us
something for all you non-believers
praise the lord oh mighty jesus

And down on Monkland avenue
I head uptown to visit you
so pack your headphones and your sneakers
let's hide out so they don't seize us
I really really want to kiss you.

No More Videos Just Teasers
no more gentlemen just geisers
no more rock n roll just goa
dancing naked in the snow-a

I Won't Mind

Written By: The Jon cohen Experimental

How can you say
life is getting harder
evil getting closer
no way

love isnt here
here for you to barter
though youre getting better
at it

ohhhhhh x4

who needs one day
to take it as it comes now
though it wont be long now
no way

i wont mind
when you leave a long time
faces never change
anyway

ohhhhhh x4

chorus

i wont mind
when you leave me behind
i wont care
the sun no longer shines
i wont feel
your skin next to mine
i wont mind
mine i wont mind
mine i wont mind
behind

I wont mind
i wont mind
when you leave me behind
i wont care
the sun no longer shines
i wont feel
your skin next to mine
i wont mind
mine i wont mind
mine i wont mind
behind

Hold The Fire

Written By: The Jon Cohen Experimental

I get a static jubilation contemplating in awe
at the sight of the morning sun

The greatest thoughts are the ones that lie dormant
they are sleeping form the dawn until the day is done

I wrote a poem for a kitty on the way to
the canary islands where they say the surf is good

And made the words so crooked left the
syllables naked just so that she understood

I was a curious child bent on succumbing
to the sweet disturbance of the status quo

The story goes I am told I could never paint a
pigeon black and make it sing like a crow

So sad as it may seem I had to bury a dream
that I had written on a patch of snow

It said compassion, compassion is the muscle
that you exercise like a flame you help it grow

So hold the fire, hold the fire
hold the fire, hold the fire
So hold the fire, hold the fire
hold the fire, hold the fire

Hold the fire keep it burning climb the latter
what's your truth supply when the whip comes down

And if I get any higher means I’m gonna fall faster
till I’m burning in the underground

I’ll get a static jubilation contemplating in awe
I’ll be singing that song with no sound

I hold the fire your desire
isn't keeping me warm,
gonna have to burn it around

So hold the fire, hold the fire
don't burn it around

So hold the fire, hold the fire
don't burn it around
So hold the fire, hold the fire

Rhapsody In Pink

Written By: The Jon Cohen Experimental

Sing to me
Honest melody
As you lay me down to sleep
One that sweeps me off my feet
Put the storybooks back on the shelf
All by yourself

It’s a rhapsody
By the colour of pink
For an broken heart to hear
If i could cry id shed one tear
The only thing I have to fear
Is fear itself

Just a rhapsody in pink
For our aching hearts to heal
Don’t believe what you think
And question what’s real
Just a rhapsody in pink

Tell me again
Again about the time
When you first laid eyes on me
You said my soul was like the sea
You said you could never be the same again

It’s just a rhapsody in pink
For our empty (broken) hearts to heal
Don’t believe what you think
And question what’s real (x2)

Sing to me honest melody
A rhapsody to push out boundaries
Will you push your boundaries for me

It’s just a rhapsody in pink
For our empty (broken) hearts to heal
Don’t believe what you think
And question what’s real

Just a rhapsody in pink,
A rhapsody in pink

Blood On The Microphone

Written By: joncohenexperimental

Bring me a bottle of brandy
And a carton of cigarettes
There’s blood on the microphone
But wont get no rest

Until i sing my song
Completely wrong
And extremely loud
Until my voice is gone gone gone yeah

Sick of your ear candy
And your terrible jokes
There's blood on the microphone
And ill keep taking some tokes

Until my voice has bled
Till I’m completely dead
Leave me alone in this dingy studio
Keep the tape rolling till I’m done
Until i go
With blood on the microphone

Draw he lines
Connect the dots
Roll the tape
Smile and give all you go
You know
You mean it

Angels sing
With the voice in your head
Take thehaters make them lovers instead
You know
They need it

So bring me a bottle of brandy
And just a glimmer of hope
You reap what you have sown
But it's a slippery slope
That youre going down
And if you think im a clown
You better believe in what youre fighting for
Cuz im nto gonna take your punches
Anymore
no

Draw he lines
Connect the dots
Roll the tape
Smile and give all you go
You know
You mean it

Discography

Set List

1. In Order To Survive
2. Rhapsody In Pink
3. Baby Life
4. Blood On The Microphone
5. Go-Getters
6. Love In Your Heart
7. Feed On Me
8. Weakness
--Encore-- 
1. 33rd Floor
2. I Won't Mind