Other music is just a hell of a lot of fun. Oklahoma City garage-rock duo Cosmostanza falls into the latter category with its debut EP, Rad Vibes, which is as gnarly as the title would suggest. The record is charmingly lo-fi and jam-packed with just as much promise as young, nervy energy.
Rad Vibes finds the two-man crew — singer/guitarist Maxwell Moore and drummer Raney Aboud — channeling scuzzy garage-rock outfits Jeff the Brotherhood or Ty Segall in terms of raw power, although the twosome’s ear for sugary hooks and melodies (“Dance Party,” “You Make Things Fun”) recalls Wavves, King Tuff or even The Strokes.
The six-track affair launches with the blistering “Six Feet,” distorted power chords droning over amped drum bashing that would have felt right at home on Japandroids’ celebrated summer release, Celebration Rock. That’s followed by the more bluesy “DTC,” which pairs a snotty, punk-rock snarl over a Big Come Up-era Black Keys base. “Zombie” dashes in a bit of stoner metal influence, and closer “I Need Your Love” is similarly psychedelic and heavy.
Like a sucker punch, Rad Vibes feels like it’s over just as it starts. Hopefully, Cosmostanza proves to be as prolific as the bands from which it so openly draws.
Rad Vibes is available as a free download at cosmostanza.bandcamp.com. —Joshua Boydston