Cosmic Rough Riders are a Glasgow based band who were originally formed in 1998. Like so many of their influences, the band make a sound that captures young and old, modern and vintage, light and intense – it seems the band have managed to find that level of universal appeal that is so essential to any enduring band. An expression so versatile, their music follows in the footsteps of monumental bands like the Beach Boys, Coldplay, The Verve, U2, and The Waterboys, with thoughtful harmonies, catchy guitar symphonies, and timeless lyrics reflected in the songs time and time again.
Up until now, the band has had a satisfying taste of stardom with four top 40 hits (with such familiar indie hits as ‘The Pain Inside’ and ‘Because You’) and two self-released albums, which immediately caught the imagination of the popular music press and key players in the independent music scene, causing one journalist to proclaim them “the best band on earth right now”. Other honours picked up along the way include a ‘top 50 albums of the year’ nod from Q magazine, having an entire album playlisted at BBC Radio 2, entering the UK’s official independent chart at number 7, and being awarded the Best Newcomer award at Scotland’s main music charity event, the Tartan Clef Awards.…shining melodies and heavenly choruses with added bite in the form of muscular guitar riffs and pounding beats – The Sun The band have also enjoyed releases in multiple territories, mainly for their most recent record, Too Close To See Far. The album was released in 2004 not only in the UK but also in Japan (Sony) and North America (429 Records/Savoy), where they headlined numerous tours promoting the album. Overall, Cosmic Rough Riders have performed at several major festivals both in the UK and further a field (Reading, Leeds, Glasgow Green, T In The Park, Guilfest; Quart (Norway); plus both Summersonic & Fuji Rock in Japan). They have appeared as guests of several other touring artists, including the Black Crowes, Ocean Colour Scene, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz, U2 and were most recently invited by personal invitation to accompany Tom Jones on the UK leg of his tour.
Now with their critically acclaimed fourth album The Stars Look Different From Down Here (released 22nd May), the band has achieved the greatest artistic success of their career, with plenty of room to grow yet. The first single, ‘In Time’ (released 8th May), was playlisted at BBC Radio 2 with accompanied by a thriving media plot surrounding the campaign. The second single ‘When You Come Around’ was released 24th July, also to great critical acclaim.
The album was born out of the aptly named ‘Star Sessions’ whilst the band was ensconced in a residential recording studio in southern Spain. Adding a veritable West Coast sound to the mix, with its crisp guitar lines and dreamy lyrics, the new material is perfectly infused with a harmonic aesthetic that is both sophisticated and majestic. The tracks represent the band’s most developed and realized work to date, ultimately creating an eternal soundscape filled with sonic beauty and intricate layering.
Having already completed two UK-wide headline tours, Cosmic Rough Riders also completed a bout of festivals last summer including Guilfest and Belladrum, and headlined the Futures Stage at T In The Park.