Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.
Last Wednesday, Cobalt, Titien, and Angus of Coquette sat down with Big Heavy World’s Brent on our local music radio show Rocket Shop on 105.9 The Radiator! Although all three now live in the Randolph area, Cobalt and Titien lived in France until they were five and four years old, respectively. They were brought up listening to metal, glam, and specifics like Alanis Morissette, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, all of which have contributed to who they are as artists today. Angus was born in Randolph and now lives in Hartland. He grew up listening to and being influenced by the New York punk scene, the Velvet Underground, and English punk. If there is one thing that can be said about Coquette, it is the fact that they incorporate many of their incredibly diverse influences and interests into their music.
The trio stated that they spend a lot of time on composition, lyric writing, and the successful usage of polyrhythms in their work. They call themselves a rock band, but really attempt to keep it interesting by pushing boundaries while still staying simple enough to really rock out and have an awesome time to. They got their start in 2013 by playing in talent shows and open mic nights—they said that they really owe their early success to Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier. Their EP, titled Separatio—which is Latin for “division” or “schism”—is titled as such due to the fact that it was written while the three were all over the place, largely working on their own parts in solitude and based off of the work that the others had done and sent over. This was during the time that the three tried going to college, but decided against continuing for the time being due to the fact that the band was more important to them. All three agreed that they could always go back to college, and that their success as a band was more time sensitive and worth pursuing. They plan to start touring for the first time and getting involved in more festivals. Check them out Saturday, February 28 at Higher Ground where they will be playing with Consider the Source! For more info visit http://bandnamedcoquette.com