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A band and its sound: The Southtowns get a Cosmic Shakedown

HAMBURG — The Southtowns area is alive with the sound of music. Many local bands have acknowledged their ties to Western New York, including Cosmic Shakedown, which features Lake Shore Central graduate Larry Gartley. The group has just released a new executive project titled “Poor Man’s Symphony.”

The classic rock revivalists have stepped into the time machine in their stated attempt to remind their audience how melody and groove can be achieved with the employment of guitars, drums and vocals, with this release.

“These are just down-home, from the heart, fun rock ‘n’ roll songs and it’s only the beginning of what’s to come,” Gartley said. “‘Poor Man’s Symphony’ was a growing experience for us. Redefining our sound, if you will.”

The band members defined their music as stripped-down, bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll played the way the greats intended; from the bluesy, keyboard-driven opener “Wished Upon” (featuring Harold Pollinger on keys) and raw grooves of “Sippin’,” to the hazy, laid-back Americana of the closing “The Great Unrest.”

“Battle of the Common Man” is a track full of call-and-response vocals, and also features plenty of guitar work.

“When my brother left the band last year and The Found disbanded, it was almost natural that we would bring [keyboardist] Harold [Pollinger] in to fill each of our proverbial void,” Gartley said.

The musicians claim their music as no-frills rock ‘n’ roll, and the band members’ Facebook page added that the tunes Cosmic Shakedown produce include “lots of rocking and lots of rolling. Two chainsaws battling for supremacy high atop the highest peak of the highest mountain on a long-forgotten planet, in long forgotten time, whilst a storm rages, violently, all around, engulfing the entire planet. Then you just ride the waves.”

Singer and guitarist Tony Nash says that the recent EP release is merely the beginning, and that the band’s future is bright.

“The ‘Poor Man’s Symphony’ EP is just a small stepping stone, and what lies ahead for us is what’s really exciting,” he said.

The band is involved in every aspect of the recording process. “We decided to take the spring and summer and do all of the recording, mixing and mastering ourselves,” Gartley said.

“‘Poor Man’s Symphony’ is rewarding and has a DIY/homemade/grassroots mentality behind it,” Nash added.

Follow the band on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @CosmicShakedown, or visit its Facebook page at

For more information about Cosmic Shakedown’s music, visit the band’s SoundCloud page at; sing along, when the band members take the stage on Feb. 28 at Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

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2014-02-15 | 16:42:07
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