Cosmic American Derelicts
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"Cosmic American Derelicts"

This band hails from Bergenfield, New Jersey but they have a real southern sound. Their bass player, George Kapitanellis, described their music to me as "Honky Tonk Blues." They may have invented a new name for a genre that has a Country, Bluegrass and Southern Rock feel to it. But however you define their music it's guaranteed to get your feet tappin'! Check out their myspace page and decide for yourself. While you're there and if you like what you hear, they've made it real easy to purchase their music online. I have a feeling we will be hearing more from Cosmic American Derelicts in the future. Good luck on your European tour guys! - Southern Fried Music


"Great review of "Songs From The Homestead"-"


Review: Cosmic American Derelicts - Songs from the Homestead
21 Jun 2009,




Tracklist:
1. Sleepwalking Killer
2. Same Old
3. Barbed Wire Bed
4. Bedside
5. Dollar Bill Blues
6. Drink You Off My Mind
7. I Only Steal Things When I'm Drunk
8. Last Words
9. Rocktopus

Cosmic American Derelicts released a self-titled record a couple of years back that showed remarkable ability to mix the energy of rock & roll with the spirit of rootsmusic, touched up with some bluesrock here and there. They now return with "Songs from the Homestead" on which they continue their well-balanced rootsrocking. From the opener to the closer, this album features 9 strong songs, sometimes a little heavier, sometimes a little more uptempo and sometimes they take the foot of the gas to slow things down a little.

The opener, Sleepwalker Killer is an uptempo country rocker that immediately gives you the impression of stepping right in the middle of this CD. There's no need to ease you into it or to slowly build up for what's to come. No, the Cosmic American Derelicts are in top form, right from the start. And they continue to go strong with Same Old. This might be the album's top track. The influences from blues & bluegrass have a very prominent role in this fast-paced song that shows the cohesion and musicianship in this band as they all play an important role to lift this song to great heights. And on a more country-influenced radio station I would not see a reason for this song not to be one of the top rotations.

Barbed Wire Bed is slightly more gritty with its nice twang and bluegrass instrumentals. It has a bit of a modern honkytonk sound to it that suits the Derelicts very well. As always their music is performed with passion and straight from the heart. Even though, generally, the roots scene doesn't get the appreciation it deserves anymore, Cosmic American Derelicts have found a way to bridge the old sound with a more modern approach. Bands like this might just embody the revival of the americana, country & roots music all over the world.

On Bedside the band shows a gentler approach which definitely reaches back to oldschool country & western music. The sophisticated arrangement and absolute top performance build this song up to an impressive whole that might not be something radio will pick up on, but the song will no doubt be embraced by the many fans of the genre. After the impressive Bedside, the Derelicts continue with a song from one of their heroes. Townes Van Zandt, highly underrated himself, wrote a lot of great songs, but one of his very best is this Dollar Bill Blues, which is very tastefully performed by the Cosmic American Derelicts. The band is able to recreate the original feel of the song, yet they still manage to make the song sound more current. Van Zandt's arrangement leaves room to subtly accentuate parts of the song, and the Derelicts play it to near perfection.

We're already halfway through the record but thankfully there's more to come. And with the breezy, and even kinda catchy, Drink You Off My Mind, the band might have a breakthrough single on their hands. The subtle instrumental accents and the strong vocals can rely on a sound arrangement that features one of the better country songs I heard in recent years. The song is not necessarily filled with sophisticated or complicated schemes and unnecessary solos or something special that stands out. No, it's the honesty and simplicity that the song portrays and the song in its entirety that impresses.

The country-rocker I Only Steal Things When I'm Drunk is perhaps the funnest song on the album. With a more alternative sound, yet a very balanced arrangement, it manages to energize the mood and the lyrics that are typically country music, make everything just fit. And while you're listening to this song you can't help but think it must make one hell of a live song.

Last Words is another strong song, probably the most 'epic' on the album. It has strong influences from classic rock/rock & roll, though at times it slows down and provides room for a more rootsy sound. The whole song flows back and forth like the tide and shows a lot of creative freedom and free creativity that is something surrounding this excellent band. And unfortunately we've reached the very end of this CD. With Rocktopus we've reached the album closer. And while it's too bad this strong album is coming to an end, the heavier rock sound portrayed on Rocktopus both surprised me and amazed me. The impressive guitar work brings the arrangement alive, while the rhythm instruments provide for a very strong base on which this song can flourish. The band brings in a top quality performance and delivers on every single note. The lack of vocals is something I hadn't even noticed the first time I listened to the song, which makes it even more impressive. But with music like this, you don't need vocals. The instruments speak for themselves. This is over 400 seconds of - Inner ear Music/Media


Discography

Self titled debut "Cosmic American Derelicts" 2000 available at cdbaby.com
2nd Cd-"The Product" temporarily out of print. originally released in the summer of 2005. Only a few hundred copies were made. Should be re-released by Dec 2008 (With a better mix and artwork).
3rd Cd-":Songs From The Homestead" March 2008.

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Radio considers us a Americana band. We consider our sound to be pure Cosmic American. A mix of psychedelic, country, blues, soul, folk, bluegrass and rock.
The Cosmic American Derelicts or as their fans call them (the “Derelicts”) have been playing throughout the NY/NJ/PA area for over ten years. The band consists of five individuals who revel in what they do.

Ed Rainey, acoustic/electric/b-bender & lap steel guitars/banjo/ mandolin/dobro & vocals, has been playing since the age of 4 and combines blues with great feel to conjuer up some of the tastiest sounds around. His influences range from bluegrass/country to rock and soul.

Founding member George Kapitanellis handles the bass chores (Bass Fiddle/Fender Bass) and some of the writing duties. George got bit by the rock&roll bug in his early teens and has not looked back. Influenced by the blues, psychedelia, and rock and roll, George solidly lays down the line for his partner in crime, drummer Sotiri Karlis.

Sotiri, (originally was the conga player in the Derelicts but moved over to the drums when original drummer, Galinos Kapitanellis, left the band 98'), has been playing since his early teens. Sotiri's passion and love of rock and roll, and boundless energy supply the Derelicts with that heart pounding beat that gets the crowd shaking.

The singing, writing and rhythm guitar is being handled as of late by Scott Lauro.

Scotty Lauro was recruited after The Derelicts lost their male/female vocal combination at the end of 2005. Scotty, a long time fan and friend of the Derelicts, came from a local New York band “Little Rusty.” Scotty brought a bunch of songs and a lot of youthful energy to this veteran group. He has just started to really sink his teeth into the music and gets better with every gig. In just over 2 years Scott has been gigging and collaborating with The Derelicts on their new cd "Songs From The Homestead." All the songs were written by the band except a cover of the late great Townes Van Zandt "Dollar Bill Blue$."

In the fall of 2007 a great musician and friend Rob Clores joined the band on piano/organ. Rob is featured on 3 of the tracks on the new cd as well as contributing one track to their sophmore cd. Now Rob's on board for the ride. He's a great player with a tremendous amout of feel and soul. . Rob helps to elevate the Derelicts sound and groove to the next cosmic level. We are very happy to have him in our band. Rob has played with some greats: Black Crows, John Popper, Warren Haynes, Patti Smith,etc.

The Cosmic American Derelicts have recorded 3 albums. Their self titled debut "Cosmic American Derelicts" recorded in 2000. Sophmore effort "The Product"recorded at the legendary Electric Lady studios in NYC 2006 and now they've just finished their third cd "Songs from the Homestead" 2008. In the spring of 2008 they were asked to back the legendary Terry Reid on his UK tour. Also appearing with the band was Mick Taylor. Cosmic American Derelicts always take pride in their musical heritage and live to play good music. "We'll give up our guitars when they pry them from our cold dead hands." The band is currently looking for management, bookings and any other good fortune. The band can play acoustic or electric.