Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channeling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots. Cocos Lovers are a close-knit 7-piece band, hailing from the small town of Deal. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion.
Their first album Johannes was released through the band’s own co-operative; Smugglers Records, in spring 2010, winning For Folk’s Sake’s album of the year poll. The band’s second album, Elephant Lands, was recorded in early 2011. Cocos Lovers hid themselves away during the summer of 2012 to write their third album Gold or Dust. Once the summer was over the band began working with producer Joel Magill (Syd Arthur, Dawn Chorus Recording Company) and set about recording the new album at Wicker Studios, home of Kate Bushes early records. Gold or Dust explores the apocalyptic destiny of our existence and drifts through folk, world, classical and psychedelic influences.
Cocos Lovers have become big festival favourites with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week, amongst others. They’ve toured the UK and Europe to great acclaim, supported Mumford and Sons and Stealing Sheep, count Laura Marling and BBC6’s Guy Garvey, Cerys Matthews and Tom Robinson amongst their fans, and have received further airplay on various American, European and Antipodean radio networks.