November 2005: In a cramped, musty basement of Niagara Falls strewn with old hockey equipment and jars of home-made pasta sauce, twin brothers Giulio and Sandro Rocco meet for the first time with classmate Taylor Page.
Aware of each other’s musical abilities, they fumbled through old songbooks looking for musical common ground. Time by Pink Floyd was what they landed on back then. But through the unnecessary levels of reverb and dreams of over-extravagant production value, something nostalgic and raw was slowly starting to brew.
Fast-forward six years: After many cheesy ‘battle of the bands’ competitions, four uncommitted drummers and plenty of discarded songs, Cousin is born. Joined by a fourth resident of The Falls, boy wonder Adam Slinn brings an unshakable foundation to the band that lead them to solidifying a low-fi, slacker rock sound that can tug at anyone’s 90’s-rock roots.
Cousin recorded their self-titled debut on two of the hottest summer days just off of the beaten heart-paths of Toronto’s main arteries. After trudging through an off-the-floor recording session, overdubs, and the trips through cummy smelling alley-ways, scavenging for fast food and the sacred lickybow, these nine songs of tube driven rock are ready to be birthed into your waxy ears.