Cousin Earth (Formerly Known as Ukulelien) is a Brooklyn-based Progressive Ukulele Rock band. With both an original repertoire and a vast array of covers, Cousin Earth brings both a sense of playfulness and technical ability to the music they perform. From shredding ukulele solos and 4-part vocal breakdowns to interweaving themed medleys, the band is sure to catch the attention of any music lover. Presenting a multitude of styles including Rock, Fusion, Ragtime, Funk, Latin, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and even Electronica, no musical style is off-limits for this up-and-coming live act.
Cousin Earth was formed in 2013 by Joey Calfa (Ukulele/Guitar/Vocals) and Nate Searing (Drums). The two met while playing in a Frank Zappa cover band in college called the Mothers of Intention. Before founding Cousin Earth, Calfa and Searing went on to play together again in the progressive jam band Mercury Landing. It was in this group that they met the rest of the band: Tara Lawton (Vocals, Melodica, Keys, Percussion), Corey J. Feldman (Ukulele Bass, Bass, Vocals) and Terry Brennan (Vocals, Kazoo, Percussion).
Having played over 200 shows throughout the Northeast United States, Cousin Earth has built their fan base from the ground up. From Maine to North Carolina, the band has played with notable acts including Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Future Folk, Andy Frasco, Rustic Overtones, and many more. The group has also cultivated a strong internet following through their fun posts and consistent attention to fans. With over a quarter million views on Youtube, their channel pulls in thousands of visitors from around the world every month. Their music video for “Universoul” has been added to Hard Rock Café’s video library and plays at all their domestic and international locations. The band has also striven to be creative in providing the best experience for their fans including things like “Color-Me-In” t-shirts, choreographed dance moves, and a tap-dancing / light-saber wielding dinosaur mascot who randomly appears at shows and in videos.
On November 20th 2015, Cousin Earth released a self-titled debut EP. The release embodies the intricate musicality, sense of humor, and tight vocal harmonies that have become a staple of their live act. While the band has become known for making big sounds with tiny instruments, their EP also showcases their roots with more traditional instrumentation including guitars and horns. The genre-bending album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CDBaby, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Pandora Radio. The group is currently in the studio working on a full-length album set to be released in 2017