If you haven’t heard of The Cosmics, then you need to go and listen to them now. Hailing from Birmingham, the DIY garage punk-rock trio have declared their arrival with a self-titled debut EP. Expect blazing guitar riffage, huge hooks and layered reverb. We recently caught up with the band to talk about the new record, touring and much more. Read on.
What was the catalyst to start The Cosmics?
Erin Grace (lead vocals/bass): We’re all family. From a young age, we all wanted to learn how to play musical instruments. Forming a band happened organically.
What made you choose the name for the band?
Erin: We really like sixties bands like The Zombies and The Sonics. One day Conor Boyle (guitar) came up with it, and we all really liked it.
How does it all feel now you’ve released your self-titled debut EP? Tell us a bit about it.
Erin: It feels great. The sound is a mix of garage rock, psychedelic, punk and noise rock with a combination of songs surrounding surrealism and vulnerability.
What does the EP say about you as a band?
Erin: I guess it says that we enjoy making fast and loud music together.
You have independently released the new record. Was it tough pulling it all together?
Erin: It was a fun but challenging experience releasing our record independently. We love having the creative control over it all from the songs themselves to creating the artwork ourselves. We learnt a lot throughout the process.
Your new EP is also available to buy on vinyl. Is it important for you to have physical copies of your music?
Erin: Yeah, releasing physical music is massively important to us. To have something we can share with friends and fans is incredibly rewarding.
You shot a music video for the song Eyes off the EP. What inspired the narrative?
Conor: Danny directed that video. We found these cheap eye masks online and thought they looked terrible and the whole narrative kind of came from that.
You have been working with Rory Atwell who has produced a long list of stellar artists including The Vaccines, Yuck, Mazes, Male Bonding and TRAAMS. Can you talk about the experience?
Danny Boyle (drums): Rory is a good friend, and recording with him has been brilliant, he totally gets our style of music and knows what kind of sound we’re going for.
How do you as a band write your music?
Erin: The ways we write varies, sometimes we individually come up with ideas, bring them to rehearsals and work on them, and other times, songs are born out of jams.
Lyrics stem from anything from dreams, personal experiences and feelings we experience in our daily lives.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Conor: A lot of stuff. We’ve recently been listening to The Glow Pt. 2 by The Microphones on repeat:
Also, bands like Surfbort…
The new Black Midi record…
…and the new Girl Band tune is class!
What are some of your favourite records of all time?
Erin: Manipulator by Ty Segall is insane.
Conor: I really love You’re Nothing by Iceage.
Danny: Wednesday by Just Mustard.
You’re doing a tour to promote the EP. Are you excited about that? Where can we see you play?
Conor: Can’t wait for our tour. We’ve already played our Birmingham and London dates, which were so much fun. Coming up we’ve got Manchester, Paris, Ghent and Antwerp. Haven’t been out of the UK as a band yet. So excited.
What are your plans when the tour wraps up? Are you working on any new material?
Grace: We’re always working on new music. Not sure what it’s for yet but I’m sure you’ll hear it soon.
Can we expect an album?
Cool, cool, cool.
You can listen to The Cosmics self-titled EP here:
You can also buy it on vinyl. Look how beautiful it is.