Posts Tagged ‘Joel Cosgrove’

NEW RELEASE: “To France” (Big Rick EP, 2012)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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I am currently playing bass for the Wellington rock band Big Rick, and having a blast doing it (that’s us above, with me in the funny hat). The band also includes the wonderful Heleyni Pratly on guitar and vocals, Joel Cosgrove on guitar and vocals, and Helen O’Rourke on drums. My time in the band ends in December, when the new bass player Rohan takes over (an exciting addition). At that time I will resume production duties (Heleyni jokingly refers to me as their Brian Eno – although Jim O’Rourke and Bob Rock are also apt comparisons, though I am unsure which I prefer). For now you can check out their first EP ‘Big Rick To France’ on Bandcamp (which I did not play on, but did help engineer and mix). I especially recommend the first song Boogie Dance, which is an absolute gem (and if that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, they have some demos online as well).

Big Rick are also playing a lot of shows in the next two months so keep your eyes and ears open. The EP release gig is happening on Dec. 1st at the Newtown Bowls Club in Wellington, and we’re playing in Auckland, Dunedin and possibly Christchurch too, later in December (as well as various parties and some other surprise appearances). Find out more by checking out their Facebook Page.

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NEW RELEASE: Bent Folk 7″ (Epic Sweep Records, 2013)

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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bent folk 7 inch epic sweep

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At the end of last year The Bent Folk, my new band featuring Helen O’Rourke (drums) and Rupert Hunter (guitar) released our first 7″ through the wonderful Epic Sweep Records (who have also released a raft of other fantastic musicians such as Maxine Funke, Matt Middleton, The Aesthetics and A.J. Sharma – all highly recommended). It came out on 40 lovely acetate records, which are now sold out, but thanks to the wonders of Bandcamp you can still hear the lovely sounds contained within. The 7″ was produced by Finn Johansson at his home studio (he also plays a bit of piano on it), and mastered by Luke Rowell (of the wonderful Disasteradio). To top it all off, the cover art was done by the amazing Kate Laundon. We also have an EP in the works (also produced by Finn) and an album (produced by the fantastic Joel Cosgrove). Expect a whole load of new things from The Bent Folk this year!

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Bent Folk Seven Inch

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“The Bent Folk are captured here in a slow and beautifully direct mood… the band does to folk what the Renderers do to country; both build on and break away from tradition. The single comes with a live four track CDR recording of the band which features a blistering cover of Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’. It showcases the more damaged-psych power of the band live.” (Epic Sweep)

“Dick Whyte’s lyrics balance folk’s utilisation of well-worn phrases (the “trad arr.” of language) with an uncanny/repressed that seeps through, roughed-up by his actually singing in an all-too-rare Kiwi accent. Rupert Hunter scuffs up the track with both feedback scree and psych bravado… while Helen O’Rourke’s brisk, sympathetic drumming stops affairs degenerating into sogginess.” (Stevie Kaye, The Corner)

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