Columbus, Ohio’s emotionally charged pop-punk band Cotter has just dropped their latest single “All In My Mind”. The track begins with clean arpeggiated guitars and earnest vocals before kicking in with the full band. With a singalong chorus and a driving backbeat, the song will remind listeners of classic artists of the genre like Mayday Parade or Jimmy Eat World.
“All In My Mind” was actually the first song songwriters Howard Mesharer and Zach Lukkarila ever wrote together, as well as Cotter’s first song ever. “It was rerecorded and expanded into a full band song, rather than being acoustic,” explains the band. “The song is about being ghosted by someone you’re into.“
Cotter showcases sincere sentimentality through a veil of shreddy, pop-punk anthemicism. Named in memory of a late friend who had tragically succumbed to a battle with depression, the band sets its foundations in relatable themes that cover a wide spectrum of emotionality and lived experience. For “All In My Mind” Cotter once again teamed up with Will Deely of Beartooth and Adam Gilbert of Starset. They previously collabed on the single “Keep Driving” earlier this year.
Formed mid-2019 as an acoustic act by long-time musical collaborators Howard Mesharer (vocals) and Zachary Lukkarila (guitar/vocals), the full band lineup evolved later that year with the addition of Kyle Spears (guitar), Ethan Geist (bass), and Andrew Brzeczkowski (drums). The complete collective took the stage for their first live performance that December, securing the experience just ahead of 2020’s crowdless era.
Cotter officially debuted within the broader alternative music scene the following September, dropping the single, “Clumsy,” weeks ahead of their five-track EP, On Sunset. Drawing on balladic melodies, post-hardcore aggression, and everything in-between, the tracklist serves as an eclectic display of 2000s emo-reminiscent sonic stylings—but not without a fresh breath of modernity.
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