Over the past two decades, Chicago trio Sweet Cobra has been releasing music at a consistent pace, although the music itself has been fairly diverse. Their latest album Threes was created with the technical assistance of members of shoegaze-y post-rockers Hum, atmospheric sludge metal ensemble Cult of Luna, and metalcore icons Converge, with the record’s distinctive sound landing somewhere in between each of these reference points. Additionally, the record’s artwork was created by Bill Connors, who’s widely known for his work with Empty Bottle, accentuating the way the band’s vibe fits that of the local live music staple.
It makes sense, then, that to celebrate the physical release of the record, the group is sharing a music video directed by yet another peer whose band’s influence can be heard in their own songs: Cloakroom’s Bobby Markos helmed the slightly psychedelic visual reflecting the subtle psych-rock influence in the mix while also drawing attention to the track’s similarities to Cloakroom’s spacey LP Dissolution Wave released last year. “A big part of what keeps the band active over so many years is the opportunity to collaborate with friends near and far on recording, artwork, videos, and shows,” shares Jason Gagovski.
“We finished up the album just before the pandemic began, and ‘Wet Brain’ was in the first batch of songs that we wrote and recorded,” he adds, regarding the record’s lifecycle. “So holding the vinyl in our hands feels like a big accomplishment for us.”
Check out the new video below, and grab a vinyl copy of Threes here.