‘Rhythmic shredders running wild off an outlaw spirit’ NME

‘The art-pop quartet make their introduction’ DIY

‘Cements a new sound inspired by math-rock, post-punk, electronic and jazz’ Dork

‘Pummelling percussion had ears ringing and faces grinning, as Cowboyyy’s dissonant wall of sound lassoed the crowd into enchantment’ Clash

‘Brimming with nimble riffs, complex drum patterns, and intervals of playful improvisation’
So Young Magazine

‘These lot are an absolute hurricane, but one you want to get whipped up by’ The Rodeo

‘A properly awesome, tenebrous miasma’ Louder Than War

‘Taking from anything from math rock, 2010s alt-indie to western riffs and jazz jam-inspired ebs and flows – there’s a lot going on in cowboyy’s debut single’ Gigwise

Nodding towards early 00s indie stalwarts like Bloc Party, the debut single fuses together jazzy guitar lines with chorus heavy guitar chords, giving ‘Tennis’ a modern post-rock twist.

Elaborating on the track vocalist, lead guitarist, producer and songwriter Stanley Powell explains, “Going from quick spoken word/David Byrne-inspired vocals to melodic singing, I wanted to keep the arrangement of the mix and song simple with a constant pumping bass line. The lyrics are a very simple analogy to war, with the ants being people, the ball being a war and the tennis game being higher powers whose pleasure or indulgence in a game has a ripple effect to ‘smaller’ matters.”

The track is taken from the band’s debut EP ‘Epic The Movie’, due for release on 10th March 2023 via Nice Swan Records, which also features previous single ‘Gmaps’.

Taking a swig from the eclectic melting pot of genres that inform their idiosyncratic sound, piecing together sonic blueprints from indie and reggae as well as math rock and dance music, previous single ‘Gmaps’ was co-produced with David Evans at the Old Chapel Studios and received a slew of critical acclaim (NME, DIY, Dork, So Young Magazine, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music) and has invited to play SXSW 2023 in Austin, Texas in March.

Cowboyy are a musical collective. Formed by vocalist, lead guitarist, producer and songwriter Stanley Powell (21), he’s joined by bassist Reubin Yarnold(22), guitarist Kai Smith (19) and drummer Rhys Teal (19) to complete the South Coast quartet’s line-up.

Pulling inspiration from math rock all the way to jazz, post-punk and electronic music, with a fresh and modern outlook on writing and collaboration, cowboyy strive to create their own unique sound, refusing to be anything but themselves. The result? Something that straddles the lanes of art pop and alternative rock, with guitar lines and bold ambitions to create new sounding music at the forefront of the project.

Having only formed in January 2022, and going through some initial line-up changes, over the past few months cowboyy have been cultivating a dedicated live following, winning over, and confusing, audiences at every gig they play. This is also, in part, due to it being the only place you can hear their discography, until last autumn.

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