Cobra & Vulture release new album: Interview

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Montreal indie group still strong despite their long distance relationship

Long distance relationships are ridiculously hard – call it emotional masochism – but Montreal’s Cobra & Vulture have managed to find strength in separation.

Since frontwoman Amber Goodwyn has relocated to Regina, the indie three-piece has maintained a prolific output, including two EPs and their latest album entitled Grasslands, which is now available for streaming on the band’s site.

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So what’s the secret to living with distance without letting the heart go wander?

“Moving to Saskatchewan wasn’t originally in the plans but I think there’s something incredible about having worked on a prairie inspired record for a couple of years and then unexpectedly living here,” says Goodwyn.

“I miss practicing and playing with the band on the regular, I think we all do, so that part is a bit tough. But the plan is to release the album online and pre-order this month and then to tour across the country in support of a physical release in April. I’ll be flying back to Montreal for that and will head back few times a year and will schedule in recording and band time in and around those trips.”

Not that anyone has anything to worry about – the members of Cobra & Vulture, which is rounded out by Erin Ross and Jeremy MacCuish who also plays drums in the band Parlovr – are in it for the long haul.

The trio originally began gigging over five years ago in Montreal as Nightwood, and released an excellent full-length album entitled Carta Marina in 2010.

“Erin and I have been writing together since we were teenagers and the band is pretty good at keeping in touch and sharing demos with each other,” adds Goodwyn. “So I hope it’ll continue to work out well while I’m out here.”

Cobra & Vulture are led by their intricate guitar work, with lots of bizarro-but-boffo double tapping and off-kilter leads. And with both Goodwyn and Ross simultaneously rocking the mic, the end result is a lush melodic folk sound that often veers into blistering indie rock anthems.

And while Saskatchewan is culturally (and oft-literally) worlds away from Montreal, Cobra & Vulture take on prairie themes on Grasslands and make them their own – the artwork, says Goodwyn, comes courtesy of the Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society (individual credit goes to Everett Baker).

However, despite two-thirds of the band currently located in Montreal, us prairie dwellers will eventually have a chance to see all the members reunited in the spring.

“We’re planning to play in Regina and Saskatoon and maybe a few other Saskatchewan places along the way out to BC and back,” says Goodwyn. “We’ll be releasing a few videos over the next few months and then some performance videos after the tour too.”

– Grasslands album artwork credited to Everett Baker, with thanks to the Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society.