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Interview: Cohen

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Formed in late 2015, Cohen is a four-piece experimental hardcore band based out of Murray, Kentucky. With a blend of crushing riffs, ambience and dynamic vocals, the group aims to spread their message by encouraging freedom of expression.

How did you guys form Cohen?

Cohen formed in late 2015 under a different name. Originally, it was me (Nick) and our former bassist. After Trever joined in early 2016, Aidan was recruited to play drums. We spent the following months writing new music, as well as fine-tuning the song that would become our debut single “Bad Habits.”

You guys just recently released the video for your single “Flymouth.” Can you tell us the story behind the song and how the video connects with the message of the song?

In the simplest terms and without dropping names, “Flymouth” is about a “falling out” with my former best friend in the fall of 2015. Throughout the duration of our friendship, multiple people told me that the person was manipulating me and abusing me in various aspects. Originally I denied those claims, but eventually two instances came about where I realized those people were right and I cut that person out of my life.

In the video, I burn a token of that friendship which is symbolic of the way I severed ties. While the lyrics I wrote are personal to my experience, I wanted to leave them open to interpretation so people could put themselves in my shoes and take something away from it.

In short, the overall message of “Flymouth” is to never let people dehumanize you or try to get the best of you. Though it’s hard to cut toxicity out of your life, it’s for the best in the long run.

Cohen recently opened for Oceano. How was that experience?  

In one word: euphoric. Oceano has personally been one of mine and Trever’s favorite bands since we were in high school, as well as Aidan’s. To get the chance to share the stage with a band who we look up to was surreal.

Who do you guys hope to tour with or play a show with in the future?

Short-term wise, we’d love to play with Darke Complex, Cane Hill, Sworn In, Knocked Loose and Like Moths To Flames. Long-term wise, we’d love to play with Slipknot, Korn, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin and The Amity Affliction.

To the people who have never listened to Cohen, how would you describe your sound?

Experimental hardcore.

What would like people people to take away from your live performances?

To feel the ultimate emotional release.

Any special plans coming up in the near future?

You’ll see soon.

 

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