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The Cocks / Press

“The rise of The Cocks After more than six years in the studio while playing stages across Delaware, The Cocks are finally ready to unveil their debut album, “Tuesday Morning Hangover.” Phil Young and Mark Stallard, who share singing and songwriting duties, have been working on the album in Young’s New Castle basement studio ever since the collapse of Young’s previous band, The Knobs, in 2004. Drummer Pete Romano rounds out the power trio headlining Saturday night’s show in Newark at Mojo Main, 270 E. Main St., starting at 9. Fans of The Knobs will especially be drawn to songs like the slow burn pop of “(This Is) The Test.” Other stand-outs include Stallard’s ultra-catchy “Drive Me Crazy” and the banjo-tinged rocker “Too Long.” (Check out all three tracks here.)”

“Our recent three-part series, “A History of alt.rock in Delaware,” generated lots of buzz. Readers were quick to point out plenty of bands we neglected to include, few of which are active today. Sort of. Consider the awkwardly named Cocks. As musicians around here are known to do, members of the Cocks have ties to other bands; in this case, the Knobs, the Rubber Uglies, Suckee, Pigeonhole, and Gangster Pump. But the band is still—forgive the phrase—front and center, and a new album (its first ever, despite playing shows on and off for the last six years), is being prepped for a physical release this fall. Right now, though, you can go to the Cocks’ website, thecocksonline.com, and listen to or download the new songs, which don’t stray from the band’s hallmark yearn, a sound somewhere between indie pop and bar rock.”