MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
Introduce yourselves, what are your names and rolls in the band?
Cohasset: Chris Jackson: I’m the singer and bass player, Tyler Wennstrom is the guitarist, and Joseph Fleming is the drummer.
MuzicNotez: How did you meet and form up? How long have you been together?
Cohasset: Chris: Tyler and I went to the same high school. He had just left his reggae band when he asked me to play bass in his band. That is when I met Joseph, who was in the same reggae band. We have been together for about three years now.
MuzicNotez: How did you come up with the name Cohasset?
Cohasset: Chris: It is the name of the street that leads up to my house. We were pretty terrible at coming up with a good band name. Tyler wanted something that related to nature. I looked up “Cohasset” and found out that it means “pine place” in a Native American language, so we were all satisfied with the name. It’s also really unique which is great.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the band you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
Cohasset: Chris: My main influences growing up were The Beatles and Radiohead. I have also been getting into St. Vincent a lot lately. As far as my bass playing goes, I have to say that Les Claypool was my initial influence. A few of my favorites now are Evan Brewer, Steve Bailey, and Victor Wooten. Cohasset certainly agrees a lot musically, and all of us listen to pretty much everything. As far as our influence on our band’s sound, we initially gave most of our credit to Incubus. Now that we are more math rock, This Town Needs Guns and Tera Melos are our biggest influences, even though people still compare us to Incubus sometimes.
Tyler: Growing up I listened to metal mostly; once I started listening to other music, I found that technical and musically complex sounds were what attracted me the most. For this release, I modeled some of my parts from DIIV, Weye, Tall Ships, and some funk tendencies left over from our last project. I had a lot of ideas in my head from all these bands at the time. I would just noodle out some melodic, syncopated lines based on some of their music. That’s where most of my instrumentation came from.
MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
Cohasset: Chris: We have gone to several concerts together ranging from metal festivals like Mayhem to indie shows. My personal favorite was when we went to see This Town Needs Guns and Tera Melos. We also saw Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was really awesome too. Our best performance was definitely at The Roxy, just because the energy was perfect.
Tyler: Jerry’s House
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
Cohasset: Chris: We would like our music to be a new bridge between pop music and more technical musical music. If we can be really famous, that would be cool. But as long as we are doing what we love it doesn’t matter. As of now we don’t have a specific message other than hoping we get more people interested in math rock.
Tyler: Yeah, we would love for people to just hear us out and investigate the genres further. Math rock, shoegaze, indie pop, all great. VIEW THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE >>