A breakthrough for Australian music,
This review is from: Just Visiting Pt. 1 (Audio CD)
Cog are a trio from Bondi, New South Wales, and are without doubt the best thing happening in Australian music at the moment, getting a name for themselves as one of the hottest live acts you're likely to see. That said, they can still deliver in the studio.
From the rumbling, aboriginally inspired grooves of "Moshiach" to the machine like precision presented in "1010011010", This EP presents you with one thing; substance. It showcases their ability as musicians through interesting chords, complex melodies and rhythms aswell as odd time signatures, yet spews emotion through politically inspired lyrics and outright rocking out.
This EP shows Cogs heavier side, the tracks "Moo" and "Holes" (a personal live favorite of mine) in particular. "Bondi" is a real crowd pleaser, and is probably the catchiest of all the songs on this CD.
One thing you can expect from all the songs is enormity. They sound huge.
The production is quite average, though still adequate. They captured Flynns guitar tone perfectly, pure kick in the teeth distortion heaven, however the drums are lost in the mix, and the bass they recorded with sounds a little hollow. Its a real shame because live, they sound absolutely incredible.
Also available are Just Visiting: part 2, which is more complex and less heavy (personally, I prefer it over this one), and the maxi-single "Open up", an unorthodox cover of Leftfields classic techno track, which includes unedited extended versions of Moshiach and Paris Texas (from part 2). They are both of an incredibly high standard and well worth the measely amounts you have to pay for them.
The usual response when you bring cog up in conversation is "Who the hell are they?", which in itself is a shame, though I have a strong feeling that within the next few years they're gonna make a big impression on the public. Their unreleased new material is amazing and catchy as all hell. With the right label they could be huge.