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Cog - Working machines




"We live in a structured machine that you have to abide by and live by. We're all working cogs in that machine." Cog drummer, Lucius Borich, pauses before he continues discussing the drive behind the band.

  

"I guess Cog is about eighty per cent into the political thing. We want people to be more aware and understand," Borich says.

  

Since their inception, Sydney based Cog have toured relentlessly. Their unique sound acts as a vehicle of information; born from the issues that weigh on the minds of Cog's three band members, and delivered to the hoardes of people catching Cog live.

  

"That's what adds to the lyrical content," Borich explains. "We like to be metaphorical in a lot of ways. Using interesting words and phrases to conjure up the imagination, ideas and thoughts of the listener. Give them something to think about, rather than tell them."

  

The New Normal certainly lives up to the Cog ideology, lyrically and artistically. Tracks such as Real Life, Anarchy Ok, and Charades demonstrate the thinking philosophy behind the music. The artwork is an entirely creative, yet brutally honest, component of an album based purely on hard work, initiative and commitment.

  

"We try and give the audience the best they can possibly get. We've always said we want to be about quality . . . with our music, merchandise, website, whatever it might be," Borich says.

  

Even when they face an audience less than capacity, Borich maintains Cog give it their all.

  

"You can't take away from those little gigs. I've had some of my best shows like that. You walk off thinking well, a lot of people missed out tonight. It was probably one of our best performances."

  

Borich admits that it can be difficult gearing up for a small show.

  

"It's a funny kind of head space. You just gotta do it. People have paid the money and they want to see you play. You just have to put on the best show you can".

  

With such a focus on quality and professionalism, it's no wonder Cog have been seemingly well received outside Australia. Having recently returned from New Zealand, supporting Shihad during a six show stint, Borich laughs as he comments on the tour.

  

"To us it was like playing with our pants down. It was kind of weird, cause they don't really know who we are, but they were lovin' it. Every gig was between 1500 and 2000 people. The Shihad chant was ranting between bands, and it was quite intimidating . . . but we came out ok."

  

Cog return to the rock tempo of touring when the Homeland Security tour kicks off, August 17. Booked to play fifteen shows in seventeen days, Borich is prepared for the onslaught.

  

"We're experienced road dogs now," Borich says, seemingly reliving a past road trip experience as he smiles through his words. "We get on pretty good. We've had a long time to suss out each others personalities. It can still get quite claustrophobic though."

  

So things for Cog are rolling along nicely, pardon the pun.

  

"We're pushing our potential and it seems to be going ok so far . . . we'll see what happens," Borich says.

  

Things should all go according to the master plan as long as bass player, Luke Gower, doesn't realise he could become a Hollywood stunt double. Luke is the spitting image of the character Charlie from the television show, Lost. Don't believe me? Grab a copy of The New Normal and take a look. While it's in your hand, take a listen. It will certainly give you something to think about.

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