Galway, County Galway
From the desk of So Cow - August 2012
2012 has been an inordinately eventful year for So Cow. It has already seen the release of the first in
a series of 7” singles, the ‘GMT’ EP, released on Boston’s Ride The Snake Records. This October
sees the release of 'Out Of Season', a split LP with Dublin group Squarehead on Inflated Records, Brooklyn. Add to this a recently-recorded third LP, produced by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, expected early 2013.
All this, as well as summer tours of Spain, Scandinavia and the UK and a sixth return to North
America towards the end of the year.
The year also sees a change in band dynamics, with the one-man band recording approach of the
first two LPs (2009’s So Cow and 2010’s Meaningless Friendly on Chicago’s Tic Tac Totally Records)
put to a side, in favour of the relentless intensity and vigour of the three-piece’s recent live shows.
Often described up to this point as a three-way marriage of The Television Personalities, Abba and
The Clean, it’s clear that the group are taking inspiration from the rawer sounds of The Jesus Lizard
and Thee Oh Sees.
Returning after what has probably been too brief a time to be called a hiatus, So Cow will spend
2012 maintaining their status as an incredibly hard-working live band. 2010 saw them play 170
shows, with the likes of The Wedding Present, Deerhoof, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Thermals,
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Women, Frightened Rabbit, Maximo Park, Dan Deacon and Thee Oh Sees. All
this in the midst of three North American tours, including appearances at SXSW, Manhattan’s
Seaport Music Fest and Memphis’ venerable Gonerfest VII.
The year also saw them perform at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, the only Irish group to
appear on a bill featuring the legendary Pixies and Pavement.
2009 saw the release of the So Cow LP, also on Tic Tac Totally. A compilation of the best recorded
moments from Kelly’s self-released CDs, it found favour with Pitchfork, the Washington Post and
Maximumrocknroll, as well as positive write-ups in Italian music monthly Rumore and Spain’s Rock
7” singles Moon Guen Young (Almost Ready Records, Hawaii), Commuting (Going Underground
Records, Bakersfield) and Ain’t No Fun (Tic Tac Totally, Chicago) soon found themselves out of print
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So Cow are – Brian Kelly, Jonny White, Peter O’Shea