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London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

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"COWBELL – NEVER SATISFIED"

From the very first scratchy chords of new single ‘Never Satisfied’ from Stoke Newington based duo Cowbell, you know what you’re going to get and the getting is good.

Already picked up by BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, Cowbell’s infectious, familiar sound throws you straight back to the best of 60’s garage rock, with Jack Sandham’s catchy riffs and Wednesday Lyle’s self assured drums shoving you directly into the midst of a dirty garage rock gig at The Marquee in 1968.

With an enigmatic front man and female drummer, it’s hard not to reference a similarly setup duo from the other side of the pond, but White Stripes comparisons aside, this is a brilliant record and more than just an echo of it’s influences. It has enough rock sensibility to get you up on your feet and enough soul to get you singing. This is an impressive debut from a band who have been in existence for little more than a year, and promises great things. Keep your ears out for these two, for I have a sneaking suspicion they are going to be around for a while.

In the all too predictable words of Christopher Walken: I have a fever and the only prescription is more Cowbell.

8/10 - thefourohfive


"Cowbell - Never Satisfied / Ain't Pretending"

limited and numbered heavyweight 7" as part of the too pure singles club. to say it's a shock to be at this point in the year already is an understatement. it seems like only last week we were celebrating the soulful summer sounds of milk white white teeth and the travelling band. but, here we are in the november cold kicking and screaming along to the garage blues of the awesome cowbell. cowbell are jack and wednesday, friends for 10 years and collectively known as cowbell for just over a year. the band came together when on a drunken night at a local studio,
jack was playing guitar and demanded wednesday get behind the kit and play drums. she had never even picked up a pair of sticks before but they started writing songs there and then and in the bands own words "it just worked and made sense from the beginning." six weeks later, they were playing their first show...they recorded the single at gizzard studios with ed deegan, recording everything to tape (unlike most modern recordings going straight onto a digital hard drive) one listen and you can hear this was the right choice, as the analogue methods used give the recordings a particularly 60's sound. reflecting the bands, no frills garage / blues perfectly. lauren laverne and john kennedy quickly got behind the band and this led to the bands second single 'never satisfied' for too pure recordings. being a duo comparisons to acts like the white stripes, the black keys et al are inevitable but cowbell have a sound distinctly their own. a rich, soulful approach, that owes more to the rebellious outpourings of british rock bands of the last 50 years than it does to the facsimile sounds of american garage rock. a certain acidic, anarchic bite peculiar to this islands native spirit that is rarely if ever imitated. - Rough Trade online store


"Cowbell"

List of BBC radio programs our music has played on.

BBC Radio 2 - Radcliffe and Maconie
BBC Radio 6 - Lauren Lavern
BBC Radio 6 - Nemone
BBC Radio 6 - Chris Hawkins
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"Cowbell - Never Satisfied / Ain't Pretending"

Two piece garage-rock bands with female drummers will always be judged against those who shall not be named (a journalistic bylaw that stipulates this to be pigeonholing on an almost nuclear scale). However, Jack’s guitar licks (no, not that Jack) are both dirty and bassy enough and earn favourable nods towards the 60s garage heroes like The Creation at their most riff-tastic along with the rawness of early Black Keys. Like a lot of 60s beat combos they also seem highly enamoured of the soul side of it, both in vocal delivery and backing.

Both tracks run in at just over 2 minutes precluding the notion of them outstaying their welcome and both tracks have a riff, a verse chorus structure, a rudimentary solo and a bridge. Basically, it’s terrific streamlined blues; ‘raw’ without the usual accompanying adjective ‘shit’.

Release Date: 15.11.10 - High Voltage


Discography

Single: Hanging By A Thread
Label: Cool Jerk Records
Release Date: 18th April 2011 (download and 7" vinyl)
Radio so far - BBC 6 Music - Lauren Lavern, Nemone.
XFM - John Kennedy
Video can be viewed on you tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcyee2F7Nbo

Single: Never Satisfied
Label: Too Pure Singles Club (Beggars Banquet)
Release date: 15th November 2010
Download and 500 7'' white vinyl
Radio Airplay -
BBC RADIO 2 RADCLIFFE AND MACONIE SHOW - Record of the week - starting 08.11.10
BBC 6 MUSIC NEMONE SHOW - Record of the week - starting 25.10.10 (also LIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND).
BBC 6 MUSIC - CHRIS HAWKINS SHOW.
BBC 6 MUSIC - GIDEON COE SHOW.
XFM-JOHN KENNEDY SHOW.
Video can be viewed on you tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BNHz-q5BNI

Single: Oh Girl
Label: Stovepony
Release date: 28th July 2010
Download and 300 7'' vinyl
Radio airplay - BBC6 Music - Lauren Lavern, Chris Hawkins
XFM - John Kennedy.

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Cowbell take inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic and love the music of U.S labels such as Sun, Stax and Motown. The band has a rich, soulful approach, that owes alot to the rebellious outpourings of British rock bands of the last 50 years (The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Who, The Zombies). A certain acidic, anarchic bite peculiar to their native island's spirit that is rarely if ever imitated.

The band writes short and effortlessly catchy songs that combine a lyrical charm and ease with a sound that's full-bodied and powerful in spite of their stripped-down set-up.

Last year the band was main support on a 13 date tour of the UK playing at venues such as Glasgow Barrowland, Manchester 02 Academy and Shepherds Bush Empire.

Cowbell have recorded all their singles at Gizzard Studios with Ed Deegan in their local area of Hackney in London, recording everything to tape. One listen and you can hear this was the right choice, as the analogue methods used give the recordings a particularly 60’s sound, reflecting the bands, no frills garage/blues perfectly. Lauren Laverne, Nemone and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) and John Kennedy (XFM) have all played their singles regularly on their shows.

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