Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts are coming to Kingston on Friday, September 28th at 9:00 pm for a show at Tir Nan Og where the Irish pub will be celebrating Two Fisted Fridays by doubling your Friday fun with awesome deals on beer, liquor and wine!
You may be wondering who Joshua Cockerill is, so I’m going to tell you.
“Toronto songwriter Joshua Cockerill found his country roots growing up in Alberta. After moving to Toronto, he took to writing and performing alternative country music, reflecting his western pride with an eastern big-city sensibility. After kicking around the local music scene for a few years, Joshua decided to break his piggy bank and independently finance his first recordings. “I’ve known I wanted to be a musician since I was ten years old,” says Cockerill, “You could say that everything I saved up over the years was preparing for the making of this album.”
Josh is getting great CBC exposure, along with many other radio stations getting onboard, and this new record (his second) is getting rave reviews everywhere.
“24-year old Joshua Cockerill moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to be closer to his country’s musical pulse. In what he considers his greatest coup, he convinced his favorite local musicians to join his band. In a few short years, they had become staples of the Toronto scene. In 2009, Cockerill moved into the basement of the home of one his most beloved Canadian songwriters, Justin Rutledge. He no longer had to stray far for guidance.
The band’s debut album was released in 2009 under the banner Joshua Cockerill. This kicked off years of touring across Canada, a rigorous endeavor that changed their sound and dynamic. In 2010, Cockerill, by then known for his (proportionally) gigantic green Gretsch guitar, was invited to play alongside musical heroes Ian Tyson and Serena Ryder at the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada. They also took up residency at downtown Toronto’s historic Cameron House, where Cockerill wrote and performed a new song every week during the band’s weekly shows. At the Cameron House, Cockerill put on shows with renowned Canadian artists Bahamas, Doug Paisley, and Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo.
In December 2011, Cockerill returned to the studio to record the band that has since come to be known as Animal Parts. The eponymous album, co-produced with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Snowblink), marks a shift in musical and aesthetic direction. “We boiled the songs until everything but the essence had evaporated.”, explains Cockerill, “The solos evaporated. Tradition evaporated. All egos evaporated. Joshua Cockerill evaporated. It opens up room for possibilities.”
View Animal Part’s latest video, for “King of Kings” here: http://vimeo.com/47547977
“Animal Parts remind us of big-time acts that skillfully served to the bookish indie-rock crowd in the nineties and the zeros, […] for which they deserve a piece of the alt-country cake.” – The Owl Mag
“The album [Animal Parts] is a must buy that delivers a majestic and emotive sound that highlights Josh Cockerill’s irresistable voice and heartfelt songwriting.” -The Gigity
“Joshua Cockerill [of Animal Parts] is f***ing amazing. Buy his record. Now.” – Serena Ryder
“As a songwriter, Joshua is one of the bright lights on the Canadian scene, and has one of the best new voices I’ve heard. Both sonically and lyrically, his album towers above any first attempt I’ve heard recently. I’m going to wager that Joshua will be around for quite some time.” – Justin Rutledge
“Influenced and inspired by legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries Blue Rodeo and Rutledge, Joshua Cockerill is an alt-country rocker with a poet’s soul.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“[The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do] is the 21-year old’s debut disc and it reveals an artist of strong potential. He has a relaxed, melodic vocal style and a deft touch as a lyricist. Boosted by Ryder’s harmony vocals, jaunty opening cut “Dance With You” is tailor-made for radio play. This is a highly promising beginning.” – Exclaim! Magazine
“The future looks bright for Joshua Cockerill” – Rich Terfry, CBC Radio 2 Drive
“With a sound that’s being made popular by artists like Feist, Bahamas and Doug Paisley, there is an ambient folk vibe to this record that will resonate with any fan of a good songwriter. Certainly a step in the right direction” – Paradise Blog, Cameron House Records