Cosmonaut is a four-piece indie-rock band from New York City. Formed in 2009 by classmates John Paul Manley and Daniel Quinn, Cosmonaut blends shoegaze influences with alternative rock and pop, to create a unique, mesmerizing sound.
The band came together after Manley and Quinn met at Fordham University. Both Manley and Quinn share vocal and guitar duties, and enlisted longtime friends Brendan Picone (bass) and Tom McIntyre (drums) to fill out the rhythm section. Cosmonaut is currently completing their debut EP with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Wavves, Modest Mouse, Cymbals Eat Guitars). Cosmonaut has also appeared on Occupy This Album alongside numerous other artists including legends such as Patti Smith, Yo La Tengo, and Mogwai.
The band’s sound has been characterized as “somewhere in between Kevin Shields and Stephen Malkmus” (Aural Wes). “Their resonant compositions are offset with clear melodies and a natural intensity,” according to Fordham University’s “The Observer.” Weezer’s videographer and unofficial fifth member, Karl Koch, has described Cosmonaut’s sound as incorporating “shades of My Bloody V, early New Order, and Pavement,” (Karlophone).
Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria is quoted as saying “ Cosmonaut has found a way to embody the classic rock and roll elements that have been all but forgotten in contemporary rock while keeping intact their indie music footing. Cosmonaut is my favorite new band. Here's to the future."