In the thick of Ottawa''s blossoming musical community, The Coggs have become a unique and important part of the city''s maturing indie rock scene. With their rich blend of traditional blues and indie rock, this trio made up of Jeff Coghill (guitar and vocals), Travis Hood (bass) and Mike Brittan (drums), lays down a heavy yet polished garage-blues sound in the vein of The Black Keys and The White Stripes. Formed in May 2003, The Coggs have been performing throughout Ontario and have been inspired by the people and musicians they have come in contact with along the way.
With the release of their sophomore album, Mean Dog Howl (November 2007), this explosive group has more than lived up to the high expectations of their loyal fan base. This 13 song disc presents a blend of tight musicianship, soulful vocal melodies, penetrating lyricism and a fevered intensity for which The Coggs have become renowned.
The Coggs'' first album, Blackjack and Cigarettes, was released in May 2006 to very strong reviews and was named one of Ottawa''s top independent albums of 2006 by Dave Ardvark of CHUO and Birdman Sound. It has received consistent airplay on most of Ottawa''s major radio stations and also through a great number of College radio stations and Podcasts throughout Canada, the U.S. and other foreign markets.
Here is what some people are saying about The Coggs…
"The sonic explosion that is The Coggs grabs you by the aural lapels with its low end rhythms and Southern humidity, blues-laced groaning. You can feel the desperation in each riff; they got something to say and you damn well better listen...We don''t get rock like that in FLA..." - Rick L, Jacksonville FLA
“…B.B. King meets the White Stripes…” - Ivan Gedz, The Social.
“Your song [Pissin’ In My Ear] has a great melody, a great chorus that really says it all, and way too much attitude…There was something about the song then - and there''s still something about it now.” - Kath Thompson, 106.9 fm. The Bear
"...maximum respect, bless your songsmithin'' hearts." - Tom Shore, Sydney, Australia
"...you guys are amazing!! Very unique sound! Hope to hear "I Still Love You" on the radio very soon!!!" - Josee and Nadine, Ottawa, ON
"...raw, rawkin tunes guys! I''m liking, keep up the good work!" - Kris Ward, Kris Ward Band
"Saw you guys at Summerfest in Deep River and you blew me away...I was absolutely mesmerized throughout your entire set...you guys have a new fan" - Lorne, Deep River, ON
"Saw you guys at (100 Georges - North Bay) last night...best band they''ve had there in ages!" - Louise, North Bay, ON
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