Gosh

by Soccer Cousins

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released May 25, 2018

On the field of life, the end of the line may not be visible, but it’s presence is felt. The obstacles and eureka moments along the way enrich the soil for future travelers. All these experiences are digested and celebrated on Gosh, the new 7” EP from Soccer Cousins. The New York City skipping-rock band is quick with well-put paeans to the everyday and even quicker with the catchy melodies they’re wrapped up in.

The pace (found somewhere on a later period Hüsker Dü record) of the music belies the casual, conversational tone of the lyrics. “I’m feeling small/ I’m looking into outer space,” singer-guitarist Josh Erickson sings on “Small,” echoing all who feel pressure from the sky. “It’s got me feeling out of place/ and if this is infinite/ then what’s the point of it?” The three songs of Gosh address the highs and lows of trying to find a community and figuring out one’s place in it. Soccer Cousins celebrate the minutia of everyday life: waves hello at the bus stop; fumbling for change in line at the bodega; slurping up a sloppy sandwich.

A-side “Holy Smokes” greets us with a pondering pondered by millions of poets past and millions of poets future: “Try to see the connection between the moon and me/ But all I get are these static waves.” The A-side of the B-side, “Nonstop Perfect Moves” contemplates what’s important to everyone and what just might be a little more pressing to a smaller cross section: “I’m beginning to doubt everything/ like if a God exists/ And if Built To Spill will ever add ‘Joyride’ to their setlist.”

The title of the EP is a completely sincere statement of wonderment. The artwork depicts characters existing both independently and amongst each other. "Gosh" conveys the awe of that interconnectivity. The songs were recorded in Philadelphia at Retro City Studios with Kyle Graham over the course of one summer weekend. The three bandmates have been close friends and musical collaborators for 10-plus years. While Soccer Cousins is a fairly new project, a healthy collaborative dynamic came very quickly for primary songwriter Erickson, Jon Niles (bass/vocals), and Brendan Laezza (drums). That connection is clear to hear on the 7”—from the back-up vocal melodies to a roof-piercing cowbell ring.
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Soccer Cousins is Josh Erickson, Jon Niles, and Brendan Laezza

Recorded with Kyle Graham @ Retro City Studios
Mastered by Mike Tristan
Artwork by Hannah Hinds

7" out May 25, 2018 on Gentle Reminder

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Track Name: Holy Smokes
We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now

Holy Smokes
Man, I feel like I’m losing control
And if I could you know i would
I’m just trying to see
The connect between
The moon and me
But all I get are these static waves

We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now

A friendly ghost
And a pause to thank the host
And offer praise with an honest tone
Now I believe
That sometimes
there’s just nothing to these things
But still I stand and wait for days

We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now
We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now

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We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now
We watched it burn down
The soot and the ash and the terrible sounds
We watched it burn down
Couldn’t look away if you wanted to now
Track Name: Nonstop Perfect Moves
Maybe I should get a tattoo
Maybe I should get two
Maybe I should shave the side of my head
It would be a real cool new hairdo

I want nonstop perfect moves
I wanna make nonstop perfect moves
And if the walls around they’re crashing
Man, there’s just one thing I’m asking
I want nonstop perfect moves

I’m beginning to doubt everything
Like if a god exists
And if Built to Spill will ever add “Joyride”
To their setlist

I want nonstop perfect moves
I wanna make nonstop perfect moves
And if the walls around they’re crashing
Man, there’s just one thing I’m asking
I want nonstop perfect moves
Track Name: Small
And I’m feeling
Overwhelmed
And you’re feeling
Like you’re in hell
But you have to fall
Then I have to fall

And I, oh I,
I’m feeling small

And I’m looking
Into outer space
It’s got me feeling
Out of place
And if this is infinite
Then what’s the point of it

And I, oh I,
I’m feeling small

Well I told myself, I’d change everything about me
And I’d find new interesting people to meet
But my body language, it betrays me
And I still play the same shitty records on repeat

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