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‘Catastrophic Entertainment’: Cocktails deliver a power-pop gem filled with catchy, sun-drenched tunes

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Indie band Cocktails’ latest album ‘Catastrophic Entertainment’ is a true testament to the enduring power of a well-written pop song.

Cocktails are a San Francisco-based indie power-pop outfit band. As they tell it, their music is “pop music for nice people.” Echoing the pop-rock sounds of bands like The Who, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and, as Under The Radar puts it, “molded in the image of bands like The Rubinoos, The Records, and Shoes,” Cocktails are returning with a solid pop record that is filled with captivating melodies and riffs paired with all-too-relatable thematic elements. And on this record, the band wastes no time in cutting right to what they do best: catchy hooks, starting with the sun-drenched opener ‘Bun E. Carlos’.

Named for the drummer of Cheap Tricks, this song has that perfect summertime feel-good vibe and it really sets the tone for much of the record. Main singer and songwriter Patrick Clos states of the track, “It’s almost like a fantasy we all (or at least Cocktails) long for right now (especially given the current pandemic times): traveling the world, playing music, finding love, drinks with friends, beating the shit out of a drum set. Simpler times.” Catchy Moog leads are running directly into catchy guitar leads with plenty of call-response vocals and boy/girl harmonies throughout. During the bridge we hear Clos sing: “We’ll leave our problems back in the U.S.A – It’s all f#*ked anyway…” A bleak sentiment that also hints at an escape or some bit of hope. As to where that escape may be, we’re not quite sure, but for now, the melodies embedded in this track will carry us through.

‘Catastrophic Entertainment’ is full of fuzzed-out melodies, catchy choruses, sticky guitar riffs, and pop-rock heaters. Produced and mixed by the band, the album relies heavily on what Cocktails does best: bluntly bashing out well-crafted pop songs. When Clos teams up with lead guitarist Joel Cusumano (Sob Stories), synth/vocalist Lauren Matsui (Seablite), bassist Rob Goodson (Re-Volts), and drummer Phil Lantz (Neutrals), it just hits a little different: the result has a certain kinetic nervous energy – an audible adrenaline rush.

Cocktails' 'Catastrophic Entertainment' (Courtesy of Earshot Media)

Clos describes the new record as “a raw and dirty monster of a pop record.” And he’s not alone in that sentiment: PopMatters shared their music was “a reminder that the well-crafted pop song refuses to die,” Austin Town Hall stated ‘Bun E. Carlos’ was a “swaggering pop-rock anthem, perfect for you to enjoy all those daydreams staring out your window wishing you were having fun down at the beach with your mates,” RPM Online stated, “Cocktails got sunshine in abundance. Power Pop goodness…”, The Bay Bridged called the record a “damn fine pile of hooks,” and Spin referred to it as a “…mix radiant power-pop enthusiasm and crisp West Coast textures.”

Speaking about the record Clos shares, “We’re a scrappy power pop band at heart, but we’ve never quite fit in nicely…a little too poppy for a punk thing, and then we’re always rocking too hard to be an indie-pop band. For ‘Catastrophic Entertainment’, we just wanted to lean into that as much as possible and be ourselves, just trying to let new ideas happen.” And that, as it turns out, was the best decision the band could have made because this is a perfectly-crafted pop record that is as powerfully unique as it is catchy and easy to listen to.

The band flexes its versatility on tracks like the twangy pub-rocker ‘Washoe County’ and the Moog heavy stoner-jam ‘Buried Alive’, while on tracks like ‘Love Is Gone’, a ‘falling out of love with the city’ break-up song, Lauren Matsui gets to absolutely crush the lead vocal performance. Cusumano contributes the punchy glam-rock stomper in ‘Janeland’. Aside from their own album, Cocktails also recently contributed a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s ‘Sink To The Bottom’ to Adam Schlesinger’s tribute album ‘Saving for a Custom Van.’ The band appears alongside other artists like Nada Surf, Apex Manor, Jeff Rosenstock, Motion City Soundtrack, Rachel Bloom, Charly Bliss, Kay Hanley, Ted Leo, and many more, with all of the proceeds from the compilation going to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Once the ‘new kids on the block’ at the power pop game, Cocktails are making it abundantly clear with their latest releases that they’re ready to take their sound to a whole new level. The common thread between the eleven songs on ‘Catastrophic Entertainment’ is that they play out like a choose-your-own-adventure experience with each track reflecting the band’s growing pop craftsmanship and a total lack of pretension.

‘Catastrophic Entertainment’ by Cocktails released on July 1 and is available via cocktails.bandcamp.com and wizardsandpotions.com. Stream the record via Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Cocktails on Facebook and Twitter for more.

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Bigg Boss 14: Pavitra Punia Pens an Emotional Note After Eijaz Khan’s Confession About Being Molested as a Kid

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Eijaz Khan shocked the nation as he opened up on Bigg Boss 14 about being molested as a kid. There were tears in the eyes of viewers as well as Eijaz fought his own tears. Pavitra Punia, who gave the man the most attention, love and care on the show, was evicted from the house just a day before Eijaz made the confession. Her love and respect for him grew even more as she watched the moment unfold on TV. Pavitra took to her Instagram to talk about how much she cares about Eijaz. Bigg Boss 14: Pavitra Punia Clears the Air Over Hurling Abuses at Senior Gauahar Khan, Says ‘I Was Just Hurt’.

“It shattered me completely after knowing yesterday that what you been through. It broke me inside and I remembered every time you used to say “mujhe touch mat karo “(when we used to fight) but you had faith in me and I somehow was able to give the warmth that you crave for,” she wrote. Bigg Boss 14: Pavitra Punia Dismisses Paras Chhabra’s Claims Of Two-Timing Him, Says ‘When I Was With Paras that Time I Was Not Dating Anyone Else’.

“I am super proud that I know your heart and soul and what a beautiful human being you are. My respect and fondness has increased 10 folds,” she added.

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Pavitra also said that Eijaz is the winner of Bigg Boss 14 for her.  Pavitra and Eijaz shared a very love-hate relationship on the reality show. We saw them fight just as much as we saw them be affectionate towards each other.

Bigg Boss 14 has entered its finale week, prematurely. Four contestants will be evicted from the house this week. Aly Goni has been evicted and Kavita Kaushik has walked out. Only four contestants will move forward to the next level of the show, where they will compete with Rahul Mahajan, Rakhi Sawant, Kashmera Shah, Manu Punjabi, Asrhi Khan and Vikas Gupta.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 06:13 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Tandoor: Rashami Desai Plays Aspiring Politician in Her Digital Debut

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Actress Rashami Desai will portray an aspiring politician in her debut digital series, Tandoor. The show also features Tanuj Virwani and is billed as an investigative thriller. On the show, Rashami’s character Palak marries the love of her life secretly and wants to disclose the fact it to the media and public. However, she does not get the same reciprocation from her husband and gradually drifts away emotionally towards another man. Rashami Desai Sizzles in a Hot Pink Bikini in Her Latest Photoshoot (View Pics)

“She is a confident modern woman who doesn’t want to give up on her life and dreams for her unworthy secret husband. The story and character are loosely inspired from a real life incident. The story is about Palak and I have got the opportunity to live her life, to live her pain, sorrows and dejections and how she reaches her untimely end. I want the audience to watch Palak, feel her misery and see her short-lived journey and not just watch actor Rashami play another role. Bigg Boss 14: Jasmin Bhasin Opens Up About Her Much Talked About Equation with Rashami Desai

Palak is deeper and more layered than her mere appearance,” said Rashami, who became a household name with her fiction show Uttaran and her stint on Bigg Boss 13 last year. “We have just wrapped the shoot for the series,” she shared about the show, to be streamed on ULLU.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 05:58 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Diljit Dosanjh’s Twitter War With Kangana Ranaut Over Farmers’ Protests Inspires Netizens to Come Up With Funny Memes and Jokes (View Tweets)

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and singer Diljit Dosanjh are at a war of words on the micro-blogging site. The two famous faces from the showbiz have been attacking each other publically and it all started with Kangana’s latest Twitter fiasco. It so happened that Ranaut misidentified an elderly woman in the ongoing farmers protest as Bilkis Bano of Shaheen Bagh and had written that she joined the protest for a price of Rs 100. But the reality was that the old lady was Mahinder Kaur. This irked Diljit and he slammed the actress for the same. Farm Bill Protests: Diljit Dosanjh, Mika Singh, Himanshi Khurana Tweet #IStandWithFarmers Extending Support to Farmers Opposing Modi Govt’s New Agriculture Reforms. 

While Kangana did delete her tweet later, but until then the damage was already done. Diljit tagged Ranaut as someone who ‘says anything’ whereas in return Ranaut also called Dosanjh as ‘Karan Johar Ke Paltu‘. Having said that, seems like this keyboard fight is been loved by netizens as they are having a fun time churning memes. Trust us, the memes are hilarious and a glimpse and them will surely make you LOL. Check it out below: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonu Sood, Richa Chadha and Others Extend Their Support to the Protesting Farmers (View Tweets). 

Umm, Okay!

Are You Serious? 

LOL!

Hahaha!

ROFL!

Literally!

Not just Diljit, many other Punjabi celebrities also called out Kangana for her mishap. Not taking any side, but something tweeted without verifying the fact is absolutely not right. What’s your take on this whole mayhem? Tells us in the comment section below. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 05:53 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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