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The Cosmonauts

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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This four piece from Edinburgh plays good old 60's style reckless retro rock. It’s surely not an easy task to stand out walking this path but these guys ace up their sleeve -cellist Claire Schiavone.

The Cosmonauts have just finished recording their debut album which we are anxious to hear. Meanwhile we focus on the new songs available on their Reverb Nation site (see link below). “Tell me” is a perfect opening track, a real kick-start for a gig or sunny Friday morning. It’s notable that vocalist Chris Bryce has a perfect rock’n roll voice. “Memoirs” is a groovy song with a catchy cello track. However, “Dawnbreaks” is my favorite piece. Its melody, backing vocals and easy going guitar riffs create a nice ensemble.

The band were formed in 2008 by guitarist/vocalist Chris Bryce and bassist/vocalist Alan Robertson, the latest phase in a long-term collaboration of almost 10 years. With the aim of creating a more distinctive sound, Claire Schiavone was brought on board. After experimenting with several dummers, Paul Stuart joined the group in 2009.

Hopefully the band will continue to develop the uniqueness of their style and music. Anyhow the future seems bright for The Cosmonauts. - Fred SanDiego


I just hope yer ready for some starstruck, google-eyed gushing from me today as I eagerly present the next 'hotly tipped for greater things' band up for a Spotlight...the utterly f****** Amazing Cosmonauts, Not only have they inchy-squinched (that is a word) their way into my top ten, but they are now currently sitting on a small wall, chained to a big fence in my top five. That's how I picture the bands stuck in my top five you know, and yes...I am totally aware that I may be a wrong 'un because of this. This week I got the chance to listen to 'The Howl' (below) from their soon to be available debut album, and after hearing it I have to say that they don't appear to be moving from my top five any time soon!

Try as I might, I still find it hard to compare the Cosmonauts with any of the other talented unsigned bands from our walls here at Hellfire and that can only be a good thing. They have so many varied sounds throughout their songs that I find myself drifting in turns from both cheery and singing, to stunned and silent, as old school classic rock riffs clash with a dark vein of early eighties punk undertones, and as I always say, if a song doesn't make you feel something then it ain't worth the paper it's written on...and the Cosmonauts seem to know how to press all the listeners emotion buttons at once.

I'll be checking out the guys (and gal!) at the Flask on the 24th of this month and I have to say I cannot wait to meet them, so I can hopefully tap them up to play at a Hellfire gig sometime in the future...watch this space.
- Hellfire Club Glasgow


Discography

Album - The Cosmonauts (self titled)
Tell me - Splash radio
Opposite - Rock pro Radio
Eliza Grey
Nullify
The Howl - Rock pro Radio, New Edinburgh Music, Xchamber radio
Dawnbreaks - Rock pro Radio
Beuno
Holy Man
Linger on - Covent Garden Radio, Radio Basingstoke, Radio UK International
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Drawn together in Edinburgh, The Comonauts are a 4 piece band who have been quietly working away fine tuning their sound for the past 3 years. Drawing on influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Queens of the Stone Age to Simon & Garfunkel and Nina Simone they bring about something that is a little hard to put your finger on. Their psychedelic riffs have the scent of the 60's on them, you can hear the distant vibe of Indie 80's and post-grunge 90's and yet it is definitely something new for the 21st century.

Long time friends, guitarist Chris Bryce and bassist Alan Robertson share the vocals bouncing off each other between songs, while cellist Claire Schiavone brings a darker edge to the music. Having brought this unusual element in to the mix they knew they needed a dependable backbone and with the final addition of drummer Paul Stuart, whose solid stick work keeps the band tight yet fluid, they took their sound out of the rehearsal room and out on the street.

Not shy at confining themselves, audience reactions have encouraged The Cosmonauts to extend themselves beyond their home town and they have travelled all over Scotland, from Aberdeen to Saltcoats and Fife. Gaining support from local radio stations such as KA-Radio and nationally on Radio Covent Garden,they have even been featured on several independent American stations! With the release of their debut album in March 2012, simply titled The Cosmonauts, the band will be back out sharing their sound at gigs and festivals across the country.

The Cosmonauts have landed.