Interview: Cosmic Coronas - Black Betty

Upcoming New Yorkers Cosmic Coronas talk to Lost in the Manor about their love for Lead Belly, their shared intergalactic soul and why NYC is a trip

Interview by Chris Sharpe

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Chris) Hi guys, nice to meet you. What's been happening over the past six months? Update us, please!

 Cosmic Coronas) The past six months we’ve been working on writing new material and we’ve just finished recording three covers of classic songs that inspire us…

Black Betty is a bonkers cover, it’s so moody and the drums are nuts. How did you come to make this corker of a track?

 We are all throwbacks from the school of blues and wanted to show our love and appreciation to Lead Belly (a real fuckin’ corker). Plus, everyone we know thinks ‘Black Betty’ is a Ram Jam song and we didn’t like that so we wanted to give them an education.

What’s the music scene like in your town?

NYC is a trip man…. We got EDM tweakers, folk freakers, but there’s always room for rock’n’ roll as it holds the golden key of truth. The children need to learn this.

How did you all meet, and were any of you in previous bands before?

We questioned if we were all from the same birth mother but we realised all our mothers looked different so that wasn’t how. It was more of a connection through the intergalactic soul of art and stuff.

Any gigs you have coming up that we should know about?

 We are about to play some shows on the east coast of the US, finishing up in our hometown, NYC, at Mercury Lounge on 26 July.

What can people expect at your live shows?

 Everything pure and holy with more energy than the rumble of 1,000 stallions and one mare crossing the sea together!

Looking back on your career so far, there must be times you say to yourselves: “If only we knew that then.” Is there any advice you can offer new bands out there to help them on their way?

 Great question! Stay honest with each other, the music, and what you want to do collectively as a band rather than just saying yes to everything that comes your way.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

 Practise, write, allow for mistakes and always use a metronome!

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