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Small Town Provides Some New Normality

Small Town Provides Some New Normality



Who: Cog, In The Grey, Karnivool
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Thursday April 14, 2005

BONDI rock trio Cog settled on a little known town by the name of Weed to record its long- awaited debut album, The New Normal. Located four hours north of San Francisco, the tiny town was like ``Byron Bay meets Twin Peaks '', Cog's drummer Lucius Borich said.

Cog spent two months recording in an old theatre which had been converted into a studio by its owner, producer Sylvia Massy , whose past credits include Tool, System of a Down and Prince. The isolation of the town was exactly what the band was looking for.

``It's just a tiny little town with not much happening, really, but it was fantastic,'' Borich said.

``There were no interruptions or distractions. It was a good environment to really immerse yourself in what you were doing and focus.'' With the album now in stores, it marks a triumphant moment for the band which had previously been restricted to EP releases.

Formed in 1998 by Borich, vocalist Flynn Gower and guitarist Luke Gower, Cog began touring consistently and consecutively released two EPs Just Visiting 1 & 2. With the band's fan base on the rise, it released a third EP Open Up , which spawned success on radio and the independent charts.

An album was always on the horizon, but the band had to secure itself with a management team and record label before it took the step.

``It has all been a really slow, turbulent time to get it to this moment,'' Borich said.

``There were many times where we didn't even think we were going to get to record the album.

``But the right things have fallen in place, and now it feels like a big weight has been lifted.'' Cog will kick off a national tour at the Cambridge Hotel tomorrow night with support from In The Grey and Karnivool. Tickets cost $15 at the door. on the night. Doors open 8pm.



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