Cousin Simple

Cousin Simple

Harsh Hoag, frontman, founding member of Cousin Simple. Lyricist and decidedly better at dancing than playing guitar. Harsh fuels the band by bringing a charismatic energy and

Luke Hamrock, multi-instrumentalist, original drummer turned hip-swinging rhythm guitar and keyboardist for the band. Luke brings a levity to the band's music and a certain
something to the live show as well.

Joel Lorenz, drummer, SJC artist, with the beats to get your feet stomping in no time. A young gun with an attitude influenced by punk rockers everywhere. Joel's high tempo and passionate play brings a fun and exciting edge to the band's music and live shows alike.

Ryan Ulibarri, lead guitarist, founding member of Cousin Simple. Devilishly cute, hardworking, and constant melody maker for the boys. An unforgettable stage presence that
matches beautifully with Harsh like bread goes with butter.

Mitch Whittaker, tireless bass and keyboardist, founding member of Cousin Simple. Mitch brings the live show to another level with dangerous stunts but also a smile on his face. The most normal guy in the band and that's pretty weird.

It was not until the band’s victory in Groove-U’s 2017 annual high school battle of the bands that the band first gained traction in the local music scene and became part of a
Columbus’ club and festival circuit.

In September of 2017, Cousin Simple released its debut full length L.P. titled And We Would Never End. Described by Grant Walters of The Columbus Underground as “a solid,
cohesive collection of songs that are especially strong vehicles for Hoag’s youthfully gritty vocal,” the album became a landmark of the band’s songwriting skills and dedication that allow Cousin Simple to fulfill their title as “an emerging Columbus success story” (Walters).

The band placed second in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s High School Rock off (Ohio’s largest battle of the bands competition) in Cleveland in February of 2018. In the spring of 2018, the band released two singles: “Rockstar” and “This Is a Robbery” and sold out their first headlining show.

DOAKS is an indie punk band from Cleveland, OH formed in January of 2018 shortly after singers Jeremy Van Dress & Chelsea Amata "swiped right" on each other using the dating app, Tinder. They quickly began writing songs and recording in their basement doing it completely DIY, figuring things out as they went.

Their first EP, "Scaredy Ghost," started building a buzz with it's unique blend of danceable indie jams, punk energy and dual male/female vocals. The song, "Because I Said So," gained the attention of college radio which further gained the attention of Alternative Press magazine as DOAKS was featured in a Bands to Know article, all without ever having played a live show.

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