Cosse take on the A-Z challenge!

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Today it’s the turn of Cosse to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

Good Morning Captain” from Slint has been this kind of song that changes the way you look at the world. There is a before and an after when you listen to some songs. This is one of them for us.

Best rider you’ve had?

Benoit, our bass player has 5 stars as a car pooler so objectively he might be the best rider in this world, plus he enjoys it a lot. Too bad he’s more dedicated to music… 

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

Really hard to pick one! 

But we’re on our way to headline the Windmill tonight and that’s pretty crazy for us ! 

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“Slowly roots embraced me. It’s been a century”

Easiest song you wrote?

Easy Things” or “Slow Divers” are definitely songs we tried to keep simple in terms of structure, but this gives more space to sheer sound, and to work with intentions, and those researches can be quite deep. We don’t think there is an easy way to write a song unfortunately. 

Favourite song in your set?

Pretty hard to pick one, because the way the set is built gives every song a special value depending on where it is.

We do love “It Turns Pale” though because it’s a moment for us to breathe. Also we all sing in this song and Tim (drummer) plays saxophone during a very ambient section of the song. 

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record? 

The Psychotic Monks, because they are close friends, we love their music and they have a similar approach to making art as ours. So yeah, we’d love that. 

Hardest thing about being in a band?

To have so many things in mind all the time. We’re still developing with Cosse and that involves a lot of implications to make things happen. So everything like, video clips, touring, mailing and organisation takes a lot of time that we’d rather spend on playing music ! 

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Tim talks a lot when he’s asleep.

It was funny when we were recording our last album, we were all sleeping together and had an app to record him each time he was saying something during the night. Funny things were said and also good advice for the recording.

Jokes you have in the band?

We’re very serious, we think laughing is a waste of time, so we avoid any kind of humour in the band. 

Key to writing a song?

Trying to write a song is a good key.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a song?

For 12 hours. But luckily three people were there to listen to us (including the sound engineer).

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Recording in the Netherlands was a really enriching experience. Our producer Floyd Atema was almost like a 5th member of the band at some point, and his directions were very important when it came to making the record.

New band you’d recommend?

Neighbours Burning Neighbours.

Great band that hasn’t released much yet but you should definitely check and keep an eye on them. 

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Opening for Slint would be crazy, but there are tons of great acts today that we’d like to open to. BCNR, Black Midi, Tropical Fuck Storm would be some.

Place you’d most like to tour?

We’re currently touring the UK, but we’d love to come more. The audiences are great here!

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“What burns never returns” 

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

It’s the title of a song from the album. So the meaning is more likely to be found by listening to the song. To put it in a nutshell, it’s a picture. Nils (singer) lives in Normandy and everyday when the sun rises there is some fog that scatters the sun’s light and gives this shiny though pale aspect to the landscape. It’s a moment of suspension and playing it allows us to live it in certain way. 

See us live at?

Crofters Rights – Bristol 

The Windmill – London 

The Pipeline – Brighton 

the Chameleon – Nottingham

Douce Amer Fest – Normandy, France 

But most of this concerts will have passed by the time you read this so the best is to follow us on Instagram (@cosse_band) 😉

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

We do and we don’t. So many good bands and a way to make music that was certainly historically a boom for the music.

But the industry used to be more axed on CD and vinyl sales, as for today touring is more how this industry makes profits. 

So as a band we think we’d rather be on the road, meet people, play the music live… Also the internet allows us to bond with other bands very easily and get inspired by a lot of music that is not necessarily popular. So, it’s different but also a very good moment for music both artistically and the way of life around it.

Unusual merchandise?

We’re working on a puzzle of the cover! 

Hope we can get it ready soon.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Not necessarily right now. The music is very open already and we like to keep this freedom so we’d say they’re all constantly moving.

What do your fans mean to you?

It helps a lot to have people that seem to be inspired by what we do, it’s like if you try to create a language that people could understand as if it was innate. So being understood is both surprising and confirms that you’re saying something! Also considering the amount of time and love we put into it is very important for us.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band-related injuries?

Once Nils played with a cast for a couple of shows after an elbow fracture. 

While the cast was getting hard the doctor got out and Nils put his arm in a position that was likely the good one to be able to play with the cast. It worked perfectly! 

(An IRM for his brain could be a good thing to think about)

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Time… but probably Felipe’s (Guitar player) because he didn’t wake up.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?”

We’re no animal that could stand to stay behind the bars of a cage… 

But if we had to choose, a giant tortoise would be good! 

Elizabeth Birt

May 12, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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