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 play. 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, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and even Electronica, no musical style is off-limits for this up-and-coming live-act.
CE 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 Ukulelien (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 CE: Tara Lawton (Vocals, Melodica, Keys, Percussion), Corey J. Feldman (Ukulele Bass, Bass, Vocals) and Terry Brennan (Vocals, Kazoo, Percussion).
In the short time CE has been a band, they’ve built an impressive internet presence and played shows throughout the Northeast United States. From Maine to Pennsylvania, 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 and the U.N., Aqueous, Big Something, The Reformed Whores, Teddy Midnight, and McLovins. Other notable accolades for the band include a self-booked charity tour affiliated with the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life,” musical collaborations with the “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” band Consider the Source, and winning a slot at the Rock N Roll Resort Festival through a “Battle-of-the-Bands” competition.
On November 20th 2015, Cousin Earth released a self-titled debut EP. The release embodies the intricate musicality, odd-ball instrumentation, and tight vocal harmonies that have become a staple of their live act. While the band is known for making big sounds with tiny instruments, their EP also showcases several songs reminiscent of Mercury Landing (featuring guitars, horns, etc.) The genre-bending album takes listeners through the many sides of Cousin Earth. As far as rock bands go, Cousin Earth may not be as loud or as physically large, but they will definitely surprise audiences by finding uncharted musical territory with their tiny instruments, CE can’t help but make you smile and sing along.