Posts Tagged ‘fika’

Cosines at Innocent Words

This two-song 7-inch from London’s synth-heavy five-piece is a perfect calling card for those who have never heard the band. Side A’s “Commuter Love” is a feedback drenched, garage pop number, with a nod to bands like The Black Keys, while the flip side, “Disclosed Stories,” is a bright, bouncy ditty, complete with trumpet, that sounds like it could have easily been pilfered from an old Depeche Mode or Yaz record (though the music on “Disclosed Stories” is a nice cover for the slightly darker lyrics here).

The opposing sounds of the songs here do a great service showcasing the band’s depth. With just two songs, the band offers up a long look at their motley influences.


Cosines at Get It On Vinyl

The best thing about seven-inch singles is they can showcase the wide range of a group. With their second single, Commuter Love/Disclosed Stories, London pop band Cosines deliver polar opposite styles of songs, and deliver outstanding results in between.

“Commuter Love” starts off with a rhythmic guitar riff, full of fuzz, and provides plenty of fuel for this rock infused track. The vocals follow along perfectly before the keys take the song out with plenty of energy still left in the tank.

The B-side, “Disclosed Stories” follows more along of the lines of their other single, “Hey, Sailor Boy” and falls right in line of their indie-pop sound. While its simple, with muted guitars and prominent keys, its very fulfilling and hits all the bases.

The Vinyl

Released on Fika Recordings, the black vinyl seven-inch matches style of their other single, with Simon Nelson’s artwork once again gracing the cardboard cover.

Get a copy from your local independent record store or directly from the Fika Recordings website.


Cosines at Bloodbuzzed Jukebox

‘Disclosed Stories’ featured on a playlist from Bloodbuzzed Jukebox.


Cosines at Atlas and the Anchor

Cosines – “Commuter Love” (London’s newest indie-pop band recently released their second 7” single via the UK’s Fika Recordings.  Led by the sweet vocals of Alice Hubley, the 5-piece band experiments with a little of everything including krautrock and glam rock.  The results – the synth-driven A-side, “Commuter Love” which combines a propulsive rhythm with catchy New Wave melodies and the infectiously fun B-side, “Disclosed Stores” that finds the band combining twee melodies, jangly guitars, a jaunty rhythm and horns from guest Ben Phelan of the Apples In Stereo – is a sound that keeps you guessing and coming back for more.)


Cosines at Beat Surrender

Stream, video, and show dates posted at Beat Surrender.


Cosines Video Debut at the girls are

London math-pop quintet Cosines have unveiled the video for their single ‘Commuter Love’.

As previously revealed in these pages, the track is an irresistible glammy stomp railing against dreary desk jobs and tedious commutes – something to which most of us can probably relate…

Its accompanying visual sees the band all on their respective journeys; fortunately, not to a boring day of slogging their guts out for little pay, but to a gig. Their gig, to be precise, where they totally kick out the jams. Check out the video for ‘Commuter Love’ below:



Cosines at Louder Than War

London ensemble-pop group Cosines release new single Commuter Love on Fica Recordings this week and play a launch gig with special guests in East London on Friday.

The story of Cosines formation is that founder members Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Totale gig in 2009. Two days later Simon was round Alice’s house unblocking her kitchen drain. From such beginnings, it appears, great pop music is made.

Cosines are named after the function in trigonometry and have been described in the past as a mathematical pop band. I’m not sure what that really means, apart from it’s reference to the band’s name, but it certainly doesn’t do justice to their bittersweet love songs. 2013 single Hey Sailor Boy was a real gem of a pop single with its Motown via Belle and Sebastian sound in the guitar crunch and tight bass and percussion.

New single, Commuter Love, stomps along in a glam sort of way (think T. Rex, Dr and The Medics’ Spirit in The Sky or perhaps even Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Spread Your Love). But that doesn’t get us to the heart of what’s so good about it. The joy of Cosines is singer Alice Hubley’s wise and sometimes world weary lyrics. There’s a lot of humour in there too, and as you’ll see if you go to a Cosines gig; Alice and the band’s stage persona easily belies any claims of twee-ness.

On the new single’s B-side, Disclosed Stories, Cosines recall the wistful tone of indie pop favourites such as Allo Darlin’, a sweet and sincere tale of daily travel into the office that would make you go freelance in a heartbeat. This is what I want a modern pop song to sound like.

You can hear these excellent tunes and more as Cosines play The Seabright Arms in East London this Friday, 16th May.

Expect to see Simon Nelson, recently recovered from a broken collar bone, displaying the guitar chops of a young Paul Weller plus Stereolab style organ freak outs to boot; not to be missed.

New single Commuter Love is out now on Fika Recordings.

Tickets for friday’s gig are available in advance from We Got Tickets for £5, with a very reasonable 50p booking Fee.

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Eureka California, Cosines, and Close Lobsters on Scared to Dance

A new month and once again we bring you 100% new music.

Starting us off is the welcome return of the Manic Street Preachers who go all post-punk on us with a nod to Orange Juice along the way.

Exclusively, the Close Lobsters are back for the first time in 25 years with their new single out Shelflife Records.

The Tuts give us a wallop with “Worry Warrior” from their latest EP and Let’s Wrestle return with their next single. Plus there’s Gold-Bears, Cosines and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

WeePOP! are calling it a day soon and we have one of their final releases with Colin Clary and we’ve also got the latest from Owl & Mouse, Heathers, Devon Williams, Eureka California, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, Gum and Echo & the Bunnymen.

Stream the whole show at the link.


Cosines at god is in the tv

Cosines are name I’d heard but until now I had never had the fortune to listen to a bar of their music, that’s all changed now. Cosines are London group, with a charming slant on DIY pop music.

Their second single ‘Commuter Love’ is out on the 12th of May via the marvelous Fika Recordings imprint (home of Tigercats, Making Marks, the Smittens). Honing into view on the back of a charming fuzz box glam pop riff cribbed and subverted from Norman Greenbaum’s 60s hit ‘Spirit in the Sky’ a giddy kick beat and sinewy synth trails, all painted with alluringly push-pull of knowing fem-vox that surf the teasing line between Saint Etienne and the 70s pop swing of mid periodBelle and Sebastian. Telling the tale of the modern day frustration of having a relationship with your job rather than the one you want to have with your friends(“This job stupid don’t give me no time/to have fun with my best friend…Commuter love don’t turn me on!’), there must be more to life than this indeed! A delightful slippery pop ear worm swaying on the tube-line, the-nine-to-five work treadmill has never sounded so infectious!


Cosines at The Big Takeover

A year after their debut 7”, London’s Cosines release yet another small slab of vinyl that shows the band growing heavier, both sonically and lyrically.

“Commuter Love” attacks with the bass-driven stomp of a classic glam rocker, all frustration and no frills, the sound of riding trains in circles but not really going anywhere in life, love or ambition. On the surface, “Disclosed Stories” could pose as a Stereolab rocker, but closer listening reveals a strong Kinks pop sensibility with a bit of Peter Hammilldarkness, particularly in the lyrics, which explore friendships between two platonic parties who would rather be lovers, but just can’t make the leap. It’s an entirely successful release full of punch and honesty, the sound of people who actually live their lives rather than philosophize on social media.

With such a stellar leap on their second offering, Cosines have certainly established themselves as a true force in the UK underground. Best of all, they can only grow better.