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ORIGINAL COWARDS

Original Cowards are a three piece band from Western Massachusetts comprised of Leo Hwang on bass, Riley Godleski on Drums, harmony vocals, and keys, and John Crand on guitar and vocals. Recent shows have included Andy Goulet on pedal steel, and Patrick Garland on keys. Their most recent album, Country Club Creeps, features guest spots from area heavy hitters Phillip Price (The Winterpills and Look Park), Andy Goulet (Lucky Shots, Animal Piss, Opal Canyon, Salvation Alley String Band, etc.), Adam Bosse (Fred Cracklin and 23 Ensemble), and Patrick Garland (BenBen Trio, Oakland Stroke). The album draws on influences such as Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Mick Ronson, The Beatles, Stones, Wilco,and many more. Dig in.

The album was engineered and recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Parquet Courts, MV & EE, Speedy Ortiz, etc.), and mastered by Carl Saff (Grails, Thee Oh Sees, etc.). 

 

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LATEST SINGLE, HEAVY JAMMERS: WOOLLY MAMMOTH/CURSE FOR THE COMMANDER (REMIX) OUT ON BANCAMP.

"COUNTRY CLUB CREEPS" OUT NOW ON VINYL AND ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS. 

DIGITAL SINGLES "LOWLANDS" AND "PHOEBE" OUT NOW.  

NEXT SINGLE OUT SEPTEMBER 1ST. 

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Summer sadness. Hints of Mazzy Star, baroque pop, The Band. "I would walk through walls for you/Swim through the air, you'll see" Featuring Andy Goulet on pedal steel, Philip Price on piano.

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Praise for "Curse For The Commander": Here’s some searing panoramic dust storm countrified rock from Original Cowards, a trio from Northampton, MA whose self-proclaimed influences include Dinosaur Jr., Neil Young and Crazy Horse, sacred herbs, garage and psych, fuzz, The Who, and thunder. They live up to those lofty aspirations on ‘Curse For The Commander’, a seven minute track that rumbles, sways and lumbers along with paint-peeling solos and a bedrock rhythm section.” - Chris Hamilton

Doubtful Sounds

"Very chill rock track with a nice retro vibe to it!" Praise for Curse For the Commander” - F. Sun

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Praise for the latest album, Country Club Creeps: "Combining elements that recall Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Dinosaur Jr, Wilco and other rootsy bands, Original Cowards offers a healthy dose of indie-rock sturm und drang, with guitar-heavy tunes that mine the zeitgeist of our alienated age and probe the vagaries of love."” - Steve Pfarrer

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