Recently I was turned onto a band operating out of the City of Angels that goes by the name Distant Cousins. Their brand new EP by the same name caught my ear, as well as a number of prime time television shows including Criminal Minds and Reign.
Cousin Dov, Duvid and Ami were gracious enough to answer a few questions I had for them regarding their name, brand new EP and what’s to come, so without further adieu, I would like to introduce you all to Distant Cousins.
Brandon Enyeart: So tell us a little bit about your name. I know there was a band from the UK that went by the same name in the early 90’s I wanna say?
Distant Cousins: Within the first few months of us all working together, a song of ours was licensed to a movie and they needed a band name which we didn’t have yet. We knew we needed something cooler than ‘Kozak, Rosenblatt & Swirsky’ or else we’d appear to be a law firm. The name Distant Cousins popped up (without prior knowledge of that old UK band) and made a lot of sense to us on many levels, mostly because we are all distantly related. And because even before we were a band, we had crossed musical paths over the years and had between all of our bands, we had that familial feeling.
BE: “Your Story” is one of the highlights of the EP. How did you guys and Jessie Payo meet up for that song?
DC: Jessie and us play in a similar scene around Los Angeles. We got together for a writing session and after we quickly wrote a song together. We had extra time, so we showed her our song “Your Story” and asked if she’d wanted to sing on it. She’s a one-take gal and knocked it out of the park immediately with her strong soulful, gritty pipes.
BE: It seems like prime time TV is loving you guys lately. What has the overall reaction been like to the EP?
DC: We are so grateful to our fans, many of whom have been with us since the beginning. They continue to be incredibly passionate and committed to staying on the ride with us. On this record, we went a little deeper, and really pushed ourselves artistically. We feel that the work paid off as the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. A common complaint we hear is, “MORE SONGS!” So, we take that as a good sign.
BE: I noticed on your Twitter account you mentioned writing a “rap” for one of your new folk songs. Tell us a little about that, does this mean a full length album is around the corner?
DC: *laughs* Yeah…about that. Truth is, it’s not a proper ‘rap,’ nor is it a proper ‘folk’ song. But yes, while we were working on a new song last week, Cousin Duvid suggested that one part of the song felt like it needed a rap. He urged Cousin Dov to write one saying, “On one hand, don’t even think about it too much, on the other hand, it needs to be epic. No pressure.” Well, minutes later, we had something and it actually feels authentic to us the way we sing/speak/rap it.[opening line]
“Cut off shorts with a pocket of cash in it.
What’s money when she gets all passionate?”
BE: I like it! You guys are based out of Los Angeles like many of the artists we feature. There are so many awesome talents performing at venues around the LA area like Hotel Cafe and Witzend. Who are you fans of?
DC: Yes, there really are so many cool bands we come across here in LA. On our short list, we’ve loved Run River North, King Washington, Melissa Polinar and one night at Hotel Cafe after we played, we heard a solo set by this new kid named CHRIS MARTIN! That’s right, the Coldplay frontman played a surprise intimate set and it was incredible to see all the ‘cool kids’ of LA belt out those undeniably catchy hooks!
BE: Totally jealous, I remember seeing Instagram posts when that happened. That would have been so awesome to see in person. Although we obviously love California, we are based up here in Washington. Any plans on touring up the coast any time soon?
DC: Right now, we are in the process of planning tour dates for 2016 we post all upcoming shows on our website so you may see Washington there soon! Might have to wait till spring though, LA has made us soft…
BE: *laughs* Fair enough. Final question, as 2015 comes to a close, we always end the year talking about our favorite highlights. What was your favorite album and/or artist of the year?
Cousin Dov: Wilco – Star Wars
Cousin Ami: Mark Ronson - Uptown Special. That record is such an amazing collaboration. I know “Uptown Funk” has been heard a million times at this point, but the first time I heard it on the radio, it blew my mind. I mean c’man, I’m a bass player.
Cousin Duvid: The New Basement Tapes. Dylan, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, Jim James, Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith…Need I say more?
Distant Cousins‘ self-titled EP is now available on iTune!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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