Cottage Jefferson – 8/7 Central EP review

If you’re always up for some easy on the ears indie rock tunes, then you’ll most definitely want to check out Cottage Jefferson’s 8/7 Central EP.

Hailing from Rochester, New York, members Dan Jackson (vocals/guitar), Erick Perrine (guitar), Katie Preston (vocals/boards), Jim Hill (bass/backing vocals), and Alex Northrup (drums) formed Cottage Jefferson in late 2011. As of mid-July 2012, the current line-up consists of Dan Jackson, Erick Perrine, Jim Hill and drummer Atom Mac. Thus far, the band has played shows mostly in upstate New York, as well as NYC, Cleveland and Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The 8/7 Central EP—the band’s first EP—began recording in April 2012 at two locations which included a campground convenience store in Darien, NY and drummer Alex Northrup’s Rochester apartment. Mastered by Stephen Roessner of Calibrated Recording, it was released on July 1st, 2012. The 80’s rock influenced tracks are catchy and addicting, channeling shoegaze-jangle pop vibes to both Dan and Katie’s vocals. “Pilot Episode” is a catchy rocking kick-off followed by the laid-back “Victory Song,” whose tongue-in-cheek chorus and jangle pop vibe makes it an irresistible anthem. “Boy Meets World” is a beautifully melancholic tune matched by Katie’s angelic set of pipes whereas “Rerun” delivers combined male-female vocals amidst enthralling guitar riffs.

Fans of bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, and The Verve will eat up the highly addicting 8/7 Central EP. Its combination of high-powered and moody tunes makes it a brief but rewarding aural experience. With the band planning to tour in early 2013 and set to start working on their next EP in the near future, we can only hope the next release will consist of more than six—albeit rather amazingly well-crafted—tracks.

By Natacha Pavlov

Natacha Pavlov is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. Aside from eating ridiculous amounts of chocolate from her native Belgium, she can be found consuming large quantities of tea, falafel and lebneh in the lovely Bay Area.

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