by Robert Bell
COSBY, THE COO COO BIRDS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $5.
Just FYI — if one of your buddies asks you this week if you're going to the Cosby show, he or she is (probably) not having a stroke or a flashback or something. There's a new band called Cosby, formed by local vets Mitch Vanhoose and Chad Conder.
They've got three tunes up on their bandcamp that sound very promising. Probably my fave so far is "I Think You're Cool," which kicks off with a vintage Kinks-kinda guitar riff followed shortly by a twisted gnarl of tortured guitar, which pops up later on in the tune. On first blush, the song comes off like a garage rock number, but other elements begin to weave in and out and that original riff gradually gets slowed down as the song falls apart.
It's a fresh and creative take on an established sound, and I think it points to more good stuff to come from these dudes. They recently added some more members to the live lineup, including Ryan Hitt, Isaac Alexander and Jordan Trotter, so you know it's gonna sound good live.
Headlining are The Coo Coo Birds out of San Francisco. They've got the reverb-soaked garage rock vibe down heavy and speaking of heavy, check this: Steve MacKay played sax on one of their tunes. If you're not familiar with him, you need to get your mitts on a copy of an album called "Funhouse" by a little rock 'n' roll combo called The Stooges.
After the jump, listen to "I Think You're Cool" by Cosby.