Cosmic Flanders is a band from Australia whose story is familiar. Four guys decided to start a band after high school amidst their education, travel and being young. The band recorded a DIY self-titled album Cosmic Flanders.
The band comprised of Lewis Mosley (guitar/vocals), Darcy Bennett (guitar/vocals), Archie Petrie (drums) and Patrick Salmon (bass) mostly serve up lo-fi psychedelic rock. The most overt reference that comes to mind is Tame Impala.
The band opens with “Weekend at Bunnings.” They added some modulation effects to the guitar which worked well for the song. I was reminded right away of the song “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles. The vocals are sung as if the singer doesn't have a care in the world, He sounds laid back and doesn’t stress to hit any high notes. Eventually the song peaks with a guitar solo.
Up next is the fairly dynamic “Crocodile.” I could get behind those old ’70s style type fills. “Stoner Loner” has a different vibe. This music felt somewhere between reggae and The Grateful Dead. The band does some decent rocking out on “Alien” and “Dusty Rhodes.” They close with psychedelic heights on “Standing on the Edge of the Road.”
Cosmic Flanders isn’t reinventing the wheel but they are a solid band. The production is passable but if I were them I would see what I could do to take it to the next level on the next recording. Cosmic Flanders is off to good start and fall into a category of wait and see for right now.
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