The Saga of the Cosmic Superheroes (vol. 1 of 329)
Raleigh-based Cosmic Superheroes launched in 2014 and have never looked back, soaring to some serious musical heights. Taking inspiration from global jam institutions like Phish and Grateful Dead, they fuse it together with ideas from lyric-based artists like The Band, Steve Miller, and Tom Petty to create their own brand of Cosmic Space Folk Rock. Although they've gone through the typical ups and downs of any local band, they are now more focused than ever, especially since solidifying their lineup to include some of the area's most prolific musicians.
According to keyboardist/vocalist Paul Sanders (formerly of Saunter), "We've all been so excited about this project because it seems to just keep getting more and more ridiculously fun and experimental."
It’s just one cosmic event after another, and even Raleigh’s INDYWEEK has taken notice:
“...fun loving Triangle quartet takes an eclectic journey through atmospheres studded with psychedelic guitar workouts and slightly funky, slightly folky alt-rock.”
Coincidence and chance meetings have been a recurring theme for this band: In the early weeks of 2016, the last remaining founding member Brandon Scott McLean (formerly of Windsor Oaks Band, Cougar Magnum) decided to post an ad on Craigslist to rejuvenate the bass department. Cosmically, a locally renowned bass-extraordinaire Paul Benner (formerly of Beggar's Caravan) answered the call. Even more Cosmic, it turned out Brandon and Benner had known each other since 2009!!
Most recently, the band was forced to pound the pavement in search of a drummer. Serendipitously, local drumming sensation and longtime friend of the band reached out and solved that problem:
"I heard you were looking for a drummer...maybe we could get together and jam sometime and see where it goes..." -Bongo John (formerly of Zegg, Triplicity, and current Professional Recording Engineer at his very own studio in Garner, NC).
With one self-produced 2015 album under their belt, they are finally poised to record another, with plans to break ground on their sophomore release in late spring 2017.
With a very busy local-to-central-NC spring and summer touring schedule chock full of private back yard parties, festivals, and downtown stages, you can probably expect a new level of trancy-fancy-jams mixed with acoustic-ninja-disco-style so you can sing and dance your butt off.