Though Cosmonauts get lumped in with the high-energy burst that is Thee Oh Sees more times than not, I find, more and more, that there’s something darker at play in the throbbing crunch of the Cosmonauts. Sure, this is garage rock as recently defined by the San Francisco scene, but where Thee Oh Sees toss out pulsating blasts of wind-up repetition, Cosmonauts deafeningly leak out their noise in waves of sonic fuzz. “Emerald Green”, the first single off their upcoming release, feels peppier than anything Psychic Denim offered, but it still wallows in the murkier part of the garage swimming pool. A promising first track off a much-anticipated album.
Cosmonauts new 12″ ‘If You Wanna Die, I Wanna Die” is out on Burger Records now.
Cosmonauts - Emerald Green
I’ve been waiting to hear the new project from the folks behind Magic Bullets for a while now. Magic Bullets were a lanky sort of garage-lounge act and I’d heard that Terry Malts was the thrashy punk phoenix rising from those ashes. ”Something About You” certainly kicks their former incarnation down the stairs and in to the garden. It’s a two-layered song: layer one is the sort of up-beat early 90s punk rock you would associate with the very best bands that populated early Warped Tours; while layer two is a thick paste of drudgy noise reminiscent of the darker end of a band like Cosmonauts spectrum. One tempers the other though and Terry Malts comes across with a surprisingly original sound, a stab of energy built to expand your mind.
“Something About You” is in three-song 7″ form from Slumberland and will also be sold on the upcoming tour.
Terry Malts – Something About You
There’s been a terribly sad (for me, maybe you) void of Daily Choices as of late as I’ve trudged my way through the increasing complexities of a little thing called life. I’d like to reintroduce myself to the lovely readers of Sound on the Sound with this thrashing monster of a song by California’s own Cosmonauts. It just kicks and kicks and kicks and then when you’re half-alive, drooling on the ground, it kicks you again for good measure.
This amazing song currently resides on vinyl from Chicago’s Permanent.
Cosmonauts – T.V. California