Cousins – The Palm at the End of the Mind
Cousins is bare-bones garage-rock power group. Formed in 2009 by Aaron Mangle, the shape shifting group features Leigh Dotey and Pat Ryan who help manifest Mangle’s quirky vision of sweet n’ heavy raucous pop music in a live show that is both poetic and violent. They tip toe between melody and anarchy, creating sounds startling in their delivery while familiar in their arrangement.
Following their acclaimed debut, Out On Town, Cousins’ new full length, The Palm At The End Of The Mind, comes out on Saved By Vinyl on March, 20, 2012. It was recorded between the band’s home and at the Echo Chamber with Dave Ewenson. Starting with the rambunctious “Jules” and “Baby,” the album’s charms are quickly apparent. The tracks mixture of manic energy and underlying calm. Rhythms bounce in their own echoes as Mangle’s vocals guide the songs through each change. It’s a complex simplicity that employees the core ideals of great pop songwriting while diverging into dark and fascinating territory.