Once described as “a fine French chocolate that was unwrapped and left in a coat pocket to collect lint, hair, and thumbtacks,” Coward rattles the boundaries of heavy instrumental rock music. As a four-piece from Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri, Coward effortlessly creates a fusion of different musical styles that makes their all-instrumental songs play with expectations of how riffs and melody should interact. Their dual-drummer-filled, keyboard-driven, bass-rattling, guitar-shred-fueled fusion of intricate prog rock and unaffected jazz and soul textures makes them just as much an experimental band as it does an un-categorical force to be reckoned with. Coward's live performances are both aggressive and entrancing, wherein they effortlessly scuzz up their virtuosity and song writing chops so that by the time their set has run its course you are not sure whether you’re exhilarated or bruised. While some bands need to be packaged and polished, other bands simply need to be felt. The Coward sound is wrought with honesty and substance; powerful, yet humane; tumultuous, yet blissful. Give Coward a listen and you might just feel some of your own loves, fears, and experiences ringing through.