Review – Cousins

By Remington Fioraso

Album – The Halls of Wickwire
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Release Date – May 13, 2014
Genre – Garage-Rock
Label – Hand Drawn Dracula

Halifax garage-rock Cousins will be releasing their third full-length album on May 13, 2014. Entitled “The Halls of Wickwire”, ten tracks are contained on the release. It includes “Mess” in which a video was released for previously. The duo consists of Aaron Mangle on guitar/vocals and Leigh Dotey on drums.

The tracklisting contains songs that you can get up and dance around to like “What’s Your Name” and “Phone.” In addition, there are slower tracks like “At Odds” and “Singing.”
My favourite songs on the album are “Mess”, “What’s Your Name”, and “Other Ocean”. Melancholy yet hope fill the lyrics. Combined with the harmonious vocals and instrumentals, it is a solid album.

“The Halls of Wickwire” has a similar sound to their previous releases so fans will know what to expect and will enjoy. However, it is a great introduction to the band if you have not checked them out yet.

Rating: 4/5

Connect with Cousins:

Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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