We’ve not featured too many bands from Switzerland on the site over the last few years but, in the form of Cosmic Space Girl, we’ve certainly found a very cool one.
The trio of Cornelius Heinzer, Marco Bleiker, and Jonas Gähwiler describe themselves as “three helmets, countless glittering disco mirrors, three bare torsos and six slender legs that loll to the beat of rock’n’roll punk,” that have set themselves “the goal of rocking all intergalactic service areas.” Which certainly got us intrigued.
The band released new album Destruction Extended in September, from which they sent us the track Fall Apart. It opens up with cool little low-tuned chugging guitar that continues under Cornelius’ engaging vocals. It picks up pace in a more shoutalong chorus of “Just say, just say, You’re not gonna fall apart.”
High-pitched vocals continue over palm-muted guitars in the second verse then repeating guitar notes build up to another catchy chorus. A heavier hit of guitars take over alongside crashing cymbals then a funky little guitar solo over stabbing bass brings the track to an end. Check it out in the video below:
The funkier side of Cosmic Space Girl is highlighted by second track There Goes A Splitter, which opens up with a cool little riff alongside repeating vocals “there goes a splitter.” More lively guitars continue under low vocals and crashing cymbals, then jumps into a repeat of the opening segment. A funky guitar riff feeds into wild vocals and higher-pitched guitars to bring the track to an end. Give it a listen below:
We chatted to frontman Cornelius Heinzer to find out more about the band. Read on below to find out more…
GR: Who are Cosmic Spacegirl?
CH: “Cosmic Space Girl was founded in 2012 in Switzerland, when I was the drummer of King Gin Club. I am a composer since my childhood, and me and my buddies from Cosmic had a band from 1997 to 2008, which was called Flaky Pastry. That band started off with grunge, became cross over and ended with prog rock.
“We knew each other from the gymnasium. There were two other friends playing with us and when I left them because I didn‘t want to play that complicated brainy sound anymore, they continued as Die Astronauten des Zeus, a prog-rock band.
“As I learned more about the early and underground Rock‘n‘Roll Punk and Power Pop when playing with King Gin Club, I rediscovered my love for Punk and the simple way, so I started to compose in this direction.
“Cosmic Space Girl started off as a duo with my favorite drummer Marco and later, after our first bass player left, Jonas, the singer of our ex-band, joined us. Our first album Inside the Giant is very much inspired by The Spits, New Bomb Turks, Guitar Wolf etc…
“Destruction Extended, our second album, is moving forward in style, because I also have my sideproject Bobby With The Gun, in which I just deposit my songs. Bobby with the Gun represents my joy of writing and recording whatever I like, inspired by everything. So it became like a soundbank for Cosmic Space Girl.”
GR: You just released Fall Apart. What should people be expecting from the song?
CH: “Fall Apart is inbetween different styles. Some part of it is Punk, some could go into the direction of desert rock. The reduction is definitely a target of the song. In this case, I didn’t record a full drumline but took just a small sample. You’ll find the original on Good Times Ahead on Bobby With The Gun. I always start with the drums, text comes last. In this case, the theme inspired me to sing about the man-made destruction of the world.
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
“The base is highly energetic Rock‘n‘Roll Punk, with a tendency to new retro experiments. We can’t leave our 90s roots, so there is some kind of grunge in it as well.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CH: “First of all, I love to express myself and to compose. Second, it helps me to get along with my personal struggles. When I am feeling bad, I am very productive. Third, it is an opportunity to tell stories and to write about the problems of our time and ourselves. And last, I like to entertain and to move people. My lyrics are mostly very negative, but the music tries to compensate with energy and fight depression.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
CH: “As a teenager, definitely Nirvana. It still touches my heart. Followed by Rage against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool… but I left that path for Eagles of Death Metal… Nowadays it’s more like The Spits, Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizzard… I am open to new music as long as it doesn‘t sound like radio pop.”
GR: Amen to that. What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
CH: “We have two more gigs in 2019 and are looking for more in 2020. As we all are fathers of little children and we have our jobs, we can’t play more than one gig a month for now. We are already playing new songs which we will record in weekend sessions. We don’t know yet when we will complete the next album, but there are many songs ready to study.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
We like to wear leggins, discohats and nothing between. It feels good and spikes those severe lyrics with irony. A friend of ours provides his hand made LED show. If you have further questions, just ask. Pardon my simple english, school is long time ago. If you want to know more about me and my professional life, visit my website.”