Vocally reminiscent of Alanis Morissette, and with a sound reminiscent of Evanescence and even Alexisonfire (think “Rough Hands”), Constant Coogan is back with their theatrical music video for “Bury Me Alive”. Directed by Jen Coogan, the album uses some of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” aesthetic and blends it with some great, cotemporary dance moves.
With a brand of vocally driven pop music akin to acts like Alanis Morissette and Evanescence, San Francisco’s Constant Coogan marries intricate drums, punchy bass, and poignant vocals with heartfelt, honest, hopeful lyrics. Throw in a little rock, rebellion, and a background in musical theatre and you have a dynamite act that’s been taking the Bay Area by storm since early 2015. Now in only their second year, the band will be releasing their debut EP, “Bury Me Alive” on July 1st, 2016.
“We hope that people connect with these songs the way that we have over the past year,” explains lead vocalist/pianist Jen Coogan. “We feel like these songs are our children, in the aspect that we have spent so much time nurturing these pieces of our heart, and watching them grow into beings that have a life of their own. Making this album gave us the opportunity to touch on some issues that are very close to us. Everything from the debilitating effects of shyness and social anxiety, to artists being displaced from their homes in San Francisco. We always strive to give hope to others who are struggling.”
Comprised of husband-wife duo Matt and Jen Coogan, with Matt on bass and backup vocals, and Ben Peterson on drums, this is a trio that embraces every embodiment of the Bay—carefree, passionate, and full of determination for the arts—and their music shows it. “We discovered we have a bit of a rock and roll edge, and we had a blast infusing that into our usual pop style,” explains Jen. Couple that with Jen’s heavy musical theater influence and you have an explosion of rock-pop flavor, embracing all the best parts of theater, with the modern twist of rock ‘n roll.
“After being in “The Music Man,” at age 8, I leapt at every performing opportunity I could find. We lived in the middle of nowhere in Nevada, and my mom would drive almost an hour in each direction to take me. We were too poor to afford the gas for multiple trips to town, so she would sit for hours in the car waiting while I attended lessons or rehearsals.”
It’s this background and unwavering dedication to music that would later place her singing choir behind Barbra Streisand at her Timeless Millennium Concert at the MGM Grand, and performing in the production of Broadway musicals like “Rent” and “Phantom of the Opera.” In fact, it is this powerful connection to theater that influences the vast highs and soaring instrumentals of each and every track Constant Coogan produces.
Recorded with Mario Litchfield at Platinum Waves Studio outside Sacramento, California, “Bury Me Alive” will be available beginning July 1st, 2016. You can catch the band in and around San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe region this summer for select performances.