Six years after their live debut, the Hamilton, Ontario quartet Of Gentlemen & Cowards is set to release its debut album, Modern Jukebox, on January 27, 2017, via Maisonneuve Music. The four piece consists of Joshua Dawson (Bass, Vocals), Simon Edwards (Vocals, Guitar), Christian Fedele (Guitar, Vocals), and Jake Warren (Drums) and formed during their formative university years.
Sure, six years may seem like a long time for a debut album to appear, but that doesn’t mean the band wasn’t active; in that period of time, they’ve released a demo, two singles, appeared in Disney movie, appeared on Late Night With David Letterman—as an unsigned, unknown band, no less—and had a disappointingly brief experience as a cruise ship band. Oh, and they graduated from university as well. If anything, the ups and downs of that lengthy stretch of time served as inspiration for Modern Jukebox.
The cruise ship experience may have broken their hearts at the time, but it also strengthened them as a band. As part of the preparation for the gig, they spent eight hours a day learning nearly 150 cover songs spanning the past fifty years of popular music. It was an intensive course in songwriting, and as a result Of Gentlemen & Cowards’ style matured into one that blends rock and soul into one heady, original style. Listening to “Make It On Your Own”—an upbeat song of perseverance and encouragement inspired by the band’s disappointment—one almost wishes to send a thank-you note to the musical director who dismissed them. But listen further to Modern Jukebox, and you’ll hear upbeat rockers, grooving soul numbers, a gorgeous ballad, and even a nod to the prescience of legendary pop singer Joe Jackson.
Of Gentlemen & Cowards ask you, then, to please forgive them for their delay in bringing you Modern Jukebox. They believe that the delay and the hassles and the frustrations and the highs that occurred over the past six years have been worth it. We do, too.