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Joe Rousseau (Left), Michael Cueto (Center), Nick Restivo (Right) Photo taken by Meghan Scam Image design by Kuni Noubissi

Biography:

“One might look at the name of this week’s Weekly Featured Artist, Ourselves, Alone, and immediately think that the band writes dark, lonesome tunes. But that’s actually not the case at all, as the group’s music spans an array of sounds and emotions which are rather indescribable.

Ourselves, Alone are a three-piece instrumental group from New Haven, Connecticut, who play what they describe as ‘god-tier, math-heavy’ post-rock. The band was formed in 2016 by guitarist Mike Cueto and drummer Nick Restivo when the two discovered a mutual love for prog elements like complex polyrhythms and jazzy timbres. The two recorded a single entitled “Pepper and Paprika” and released it to the public, a move which would end up altering the course of what was previously intended only to be a side project. The single received high praise from listeners, and all of a sudden the newly formed duo enlisted bassist Steve Perez (replaced by Joe Rousseau) as they began to receive offers to play shows.

As the trio began to build chemistry and compose more songs, they decided to record four original tracks and subsequently released their début EP Covet on August 26, 2016. The name of the record was influenced by an anecdote about the producer’s laptop, which the band was using to record the songs – it was stolen at first, but then recovered! Covet finds Ourselves, Alone building off a core math rock sound akin to bands like CHON, while also adding their own unique touch. Many of the band’s songs can be characterized by guitar tapping, an ethereal jazz vibe and dramatic interplay between all three members.

Their music has an especially satisfying flow to it, and the band has a knack for seamlessly playing a spectrum of genres over the course of just one song. Just listen to “Pepper and Paprika,” the lead single from Covet: the song begins with a catchy, smooth rock groove complete with tasty guitar licks and a jazz-like aesthetic. The atmosphere then quickly shifts to post-metal and the track picks up in intensity, before dreamy guitars and a groove-laden rhythm section closes out the track in a quite ambient and melancholic fashion. All the elements that make Ourselves, Alone so promising are thus found jam-packed into this one track. The technicality is fun to listen to, and the songwriting is top-shelf.” –Paul Scalese

Ourselves, Alone recently finished recording a new album with friend and producer, Jeremy Kinney (Peaer), and plan to release it mid to late 2017.
The production approach deviates from that of their earlier recordings, and the eight song album will feature new elements, such as vocals and violin.

Ourselves, Alone will be touring with The Planet You August 10th-13th.

 


Links To Our Music:

COVET” (EP)

“Trangulls” (Single)

(A link to a private bandcamp album that features demos of material from our upcoming album can be made available, by request.)


Links To Our Merchandise:

Cassettes and T-shirts


Album and Song Reviews, Features,
and Q&As:

Weekly Featured Artist Piece on ItDjents.com

“…characterized by guitar tapping, an ethereal jazz vibe and dramatic interplay between all three members. Their music has an especially satisfying flow to it, and the band has a knack for seamlessly playing a spectrum of genres over the course of just one song. Just listen to “Pepper and Paprika,” the lead single from Covet: the song begins with a catchy, smooth rock groove complete with tasty guitar licks and a jazz-like aesthetic. The atmosphere then quickly shifts to post-metal and the track picks up in intensity, before dreamy guitars and a groove-laden rhythm section closes out the track in a quite ambient and melancholic fashion. All the elements that make Ourselves, Alone so promising are thus found jam-packed into this one track. The technicality is fun to listen to, and the songwriting is top-shelf.”

COVET EP Review by CTScramble

“…Standing in sharp contrast, highlight “Pepper and Paprika” opens with a muted tension–only to rip through about 5 different mini movements before converging into sonic aerial warfare of indistinct shapes and textures.  “Scam Slam!” follows in similar fashion, but replaces the outright alt-rock of “Pepper” with a spazzy jazz staccato…”

COVET EP Review by CanThisEvenBeCalledMusic?

“…The tapping riffs on the guitar are very characteristic of this band, as I haven’t heard anything similar to this anywhere else…”

Trangulls Review by CTScramble

“…Released as a bonus track a few months after Ourselves, Alone’s brief but highly formidable Covet EP, “Trangulls” feels like a fitting extension to the young band’s first forays into the realm of guitar-driven math rock…”

 

Album Rating by Divide and Conquer

Album Rating on SputnikMusic

Mention by The Math Rock Times

Promo Photo for Itdjents Feature

 


Interviews:

Interview with Bob D’Aprile on WNHU 88.7


Bands We Have Played With:

Giraffes? Giraffes!JerkagramThe MostThe Planet You, Pet Jail,  Prince Daddy and the HyenaThe RefectoryBent KneePerennialPolluter, Grass StainsPart Time ChefHiroshi Jaguar, Ports of Spain and many others…

 

 


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Social Media
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Youtube

Bandcamp

Spotify

Apple Store

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Contact:

ourselvesalonemusic@gmail.com