Cousin Simple is “Columbus’s youngest alt-rock band.” After winning the 2017 Instaband competition, sponsored by GrooveU, the band already has one full-length album and two singles under its belt. It is no wonder that the band is already gaining traction in the Columbus music scene.
The band’s debut album came out in 2017. Titled And We Would Never End, it is composed of nine summery alt-rock jams, each having its own distinct sound but with a surprising overall cohesiveness.
And We Would Never End is jam-packed with sweet, warm alt-rock songs that make a perfect summer soundtrack. It’s catchy and bright and its vocals are unique; there’s a ragged quality to the music sometimes, whether that comes from mildly fuzzy guitar chords and a sick bass solo in the bridge (“Detroit”) or growling vocals (“We’ve Got Time”).
At times, the album is vaguely reminiscent of twenty one pilots; both Cousin Simple’s charm and songwriting remind me of the older band, especially on “Nothing Sweeter” and “Song to Emma”. Maybe it’s the sound of the ukulele with piano underneath to add depth, or maybe it’s the adorably in-love lyrics (“I’ve made up my mind, I’ve made up my mind/Ain’t nothing sweeter, ain’t nothing sweeter/Than you”).
There are still plenty of high-energy, danceable tracks, though; “Catch” is sunny and rocking (“I’m seeing daylight/Can you catch me now?”) and “We’ve Got Time” is downright electric. The latter is wholesome, with lyrics like, “I shoulda known better/I’ll never be cold with you/Don’t need my coat or my sweater/And you’re just being you” catching you off-guard amidst the powerful chords and strong vocals.
Cousin Simple has two big summer shows coming up: this Friday, May 25, the boys will be playing at the A&R Music Bar with Girl Fox, Personal Public, and Fuad Farah Trio. Doors open at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10 presale and $12 on the day of the show. Later this summer, on Friday, June 22, Cousin Simple will play at Big Room Bar with Rat Motel and Courtney From Work; doors for that show open at 8pm and tickets are $5.
And We Would Never End is a rocking summer album. Check it out below, and if you get the chance, go see this band play this summer because despite still being in high school, this band puts on one hell of a show.