Artist in Focus
- The Cobbs (Philadelphia based
The Cobbs Sing
the Deathcapades (Self-Released)
The Cobbs - Philadelphia-based
group began as Ty Cobb, named after its band members Ryan Cobb and Paul
Cobb. It comes as no surprise that the estate of the legendary baseball
player from which the band's name was taken took legal action against our
indie musicians, forcing the band to change their moniker to Mad Action.
After two releases under the Ty
Cobb name and several as Mad Action, they took a couple of years off to
complete their latest collection of rock greatness, Sing The Deathcapades.
Just to add another new
direction on the band's map, they changed names once again, this time to The Cobbs. Their current incarnation includes Ryan
and Paul Cobb, along with Chris Coello, Maxwell Lee and Ryan Smith.
Following “Trophies,” in 2002,
the pair released a follow-up ep entitled 7y Co66, on Black Rebel Motorcycle
Clubs Abstract Dragon imprint. The limited pressing of only a few hundred
copies gained critical aclaim with the British press. Unfortunitly, the name
was now out there and the Ty Cobb estate came a knockin’. The moniker Mad
Action was born.
In 2004, Ryan and Paul Cobb
signed to LOOG/Polydor records and immediately released 2 ep’s entitled
“Teac Attack” & “Just Like Fresh Air”. A total of 18 songs spread over half
an hour, that manage to take in folk, rock, sea shanties, blues, country,
and punk in a scattershot approach that is as exhilarating as it is
eclectic. Again, the Cobb brothers gained rave reviews in the British music
press. A full length record entitled “And Begin” followed.
After spending the past 2 years recording their new record,
producing/engineering numerous acts, such as BRMC, Kasabian, Mainline,
Bottom of the Hudson, Peasant, and Hugo Chakra Bong, and temporarily touring
and taking care of drums and guitar duties in the band Mazarin (I&Ear/BellaUnion),
Ryan and Paul have re-surfaced with a new band called The Cobbs, a fitting
name for the musical duo. This home-grown, DIY rock & roll outfit just
wrapped up a tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club supporting their
self-released record “Sing the Deathcapades.”