Andy Zipf of The Cowards Choir with Eliot BronsonAug 1, 2015 | 0 comments
After ten years on the road, hundreds of shows, and shelves of song-filled notebooks, Andy Zipf is taking a new name: The Cowards Choir. “In 2009 I released The Cowards Choir EP. It was the first time I remember feeling like I’d found my voice.,” said Zipf. “Something changed.”
Two years later Zipf’s voice strengthened and expanded. The “Jealous Hands” LP showcased this seasoned range and clearer vision. “As far as I’m concerned, Jealous Hands is my first record. My friend and producer Jeremy Griffith figured out how to capture the sound I’d been hearing my head all this time.” He called it a “new direction”, turning down a bit of the aggression, tightening up melodies and honing his true to life lyrics. “It took me a few years to figure things out. I’m grateful for the time I’ve had to chip away at some edges. Now I’m ready to begin again.” Zipf has always been committed to growth. “I never want to stop learning. I want to be a better singer and songwriter. It takes many years and miles…” He’s taken that ethic to stages and street corners across the US, and has not gone unnoticed. Zipf’s music continues to surface on network television and in independent films, and has participated in campaigns with ONE and To Write Love On Her Arms. Turning to the people, he has consistently utilized his fan-base to support tours, fund albums, and share his story via direct social media connection. Zipf rewards that loyalty with an unwavering commitment to creating music rooted in honesty. He gets on the floor at shows and sings from the back row. He turns the room into a cinema, coats every surface with colors and old film. Zipf doesn’t believe in playing music, rather immersing the audience in it. He is constantly looking for ways to create an experience that taps into equal parts rock and roll and big tent revival. In August of 2013, The Cowards Choir released the Reunion EP. For this next chapter, Zipf enlisted long time friends and collaborators Ryan Walker (bass), Ben Tufts (percussion), and Adam Neubauer (drums). A year later, they have been featured on WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection, nominated as one of DC’s best upcoming bands by Deli Magazine, and mentioned by Rolling Stone after backing up Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic during a surreal performance of Lorde’s “Royals”. This summer, Zipf and crew went into Studio V just outside Washington, DC with Sound Masonry to record the COOL CURRENCY EP. The core of the songs were tracked live and the energy is palpable.
COOL CURRENCY is set to release October 4 on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Noisetrade and most other digital outlets. It’s the sound of four friends making music together in the same room.
joining in on the night is another of our favorite songwriters, Eliot Bronson!
Eliot Bronson is like a gorgeous, magnificent hybrid of Adams, Jason Isbell, and Jim James. He’s even got a little of that pop-sounding Nilsson yodeling that’s so naturally beautiful. His voice is smooth and creamy, with soulful tones that are enough to make tears stream down your face when he sings heartbreakers like “Nothing Like Me” and “You Wouldn’t Want Me if You Had Me”. “You’re a drink that goes down hard/And burns my throat/Leaves me wanting more,” he sings on “You Wouldn’t Want Me if You Had Me”, perfectly encapsulating a toxic love. And those “oooh”s hit you right where it hurts.
The gentle jangling of his acoustic guitar is so complimentary to Bronson’s silken vocals that even on the most tragic of songs, we’re left feeling so soothed. “Never Been a Friend of Mine” and “Sleep On It” are two prime examples of the ways in which Bronson’s heartbreak has resulted in such loveliness, we’re actually grateful for it. (MAERI FERGUSON in Glide magazine)