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GENRE - Hardcore

Based in Los Angeles, California, Cosmic Joke are creating hardcore punk with a skate punk flair. Today, the band shares their debut album, Cosmic Joke, the first release on HardLore Records, which formed after two years as a podcast and in collaboration with Triple B Records. The nine songs on the self-titled album are slinky with a melodic punch and plenty of guitar riffs. Taking influence from acts like Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, and Descendents, they’re able to create an infectious sound driven by punk-pop sensibilities. Lyrically, the record heavily revolves around consumerism, looking inward and outward at always wanting more than you have and it never being enough.

The album was completed in two sessions with Tracks 1-4 recorded and mixed in March 2023 at the Pit in Van Nuys, CA by Taylor Young. Tracks 5-9 originally appeared on the demo and were recorded by the band’s guitarist, Vince Amador in Oxnard, CA and mixed by Jon Markson. All tracks were mastered by Nick Townsend.

01. Kamikaze
02. Empty Nesting Doll
03. Throwing Stones
04. Tempered Expectations
05. Cosmic Joke
06. Howard Beale
07. Hedonic Treadmill
08. Leave It Alone
09. Morphine
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