So a couple days ago I open an email from the beautiful people at Behind The Curtain Media with a request to check out the music of NYC indie band Cosmonaut. I thought it would be like any other day in the office, until I heard “Radio Silence”. What came out of the headphones was nothing but pure alternative/indie rock that made me think only one word: “Damn.” Thoroughly intrigued by the song and just their overall The 1975 meets Weezer vibe, I wanted to interview them to pick the brains of a band that I’m sure will soon be shaking up the NYC music scene.
MEB: How did you all meet each other?
Jack Manley (Vocalist/Guitarist): I met Daniel at school in NYC and Brendan [Picone], our bass player, would record our demos. They spoke so highly of their friend Tom and we needed a drummer and Kaboom!
Daniel Quinn (Guitarist): I grew up playing music with Brendan and Tom [McIntyre, Drummer] so they were the natural selection for they rhythm section once Jack and I had laid the groundwork of Cosmonaut.
Can you explain the meaning of your band name and how you came to
Jack: We like the themes it invokes if you really start to analyze it beyond the obvious implication.
Daniel: It’s memorable yet simple enough to remember.
What made you guys decide on your current April residency at Pianos and how has the experience been thus far?
Jack: It’s been amazing! We wanted to really step it up and introduce people to what we have been working on behind closed doors. It’s like a month-long record release party with great friends and amazing music. Plus, we really get to set the mood. We go over every little detail.
Daniel: Booking four nights at such a rad venue is a privilege. We made sure to pack the bills with bands we love. It’s a great experience.
LOVE the new track “Radio Silence”! What was the inspiration behind it?
Jack: Thanks for the kind words! Well, I’ve found myself in some pretty fucked situations over the years. Thematically, the 7” deals with processes of life playing out and things coming to their eventual end.
Since you recently released “Radio Silence” on vinyl, could you explain what was the thinking behind that move?
Jack: Well, it’s our first 7”. It’s hard to get your music on to physical formats nowadays and we always wanted to have our own pressing. It sounds so much better too.
Daniel: We live in a digital era and holding your own music, being able to look at the ridges and grooves in a piece on vinyl, is a really special feeling. I’m glad vinyl is getting a newfound love; it’s so much less disposable.
How do you feel “Radio Silence” and other upcoming tracks to be released are different from your debut Hurry Up EP?
Jack: We are playing like never before. It’s always been exciting, but the new songs that we are finishing up right now are on another level for us.
Can you each describe your personal influences? Whether it’s music, someone in your life, or someone you truly admire.
Jack: My brothers.
Daniel: Well, both my parents have fostered my love of music and art from a very young age. They support both the band and me wholeheartedly and it means the world to me.
What does music mean to you guys?
Daniel: It serves as a way for me to escape but also as a way for me to confront and interpret my life.
If you could work with another musician on a song, who would it be and why?
Jack: Johnny Marr would be amazing.
Daniel: Well, he’s gone before his time but I would give almost anything to play with Arthur Russell.
Any upcoming projects you guys can announce to the fans?
Jack: We’re recording in May, that’s all we can say…
Daniel: Stay tuned. All sorts of content will be coming out this summer.