Friends since they were just little buckaroos, the boys of Cobalt & the Hired Guns have always aspired to create an album to match their rambunctious live shows. It’s finally here! Their new record, Everybody Wins!, aims for the rafters with a cherry bomb explosion of poppy punk, barroom ballads, power pop, Ska, horny rock and good humor. Following up 2008’s Jump the Fence – their first Carbon Neutral album- Everybody Wins! continues the tradition of the band’s commitment to art and environmentalism- and includes their fullest lineup of 20 different players (not all at the same time).
The repertoire for this five-to-twelve piece from Chicago has been described as Americana, Punky Pop, or just Good Ol’ Fashioned Rock n’ Roll. They’ve been compared to The Hold Steady, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Fratellis, Frightened Rabbit, Backyard Tire Fire, and “Wilco on Xanax covering The Clash”
Cobalt & the Hired Guns plays at venues and clubs all over Chicago, including The Metro, Schuba’s, Cubby Bear, Double Door and Subterranean with bands such as State Radio, I Fight Dragons, Josh Ritter, Baby Teeth, Dashboard Confessional and Big D and the Kids’ Table to name just a few.
‘Everybody Wins!’ is now available in internet stores everywhere.
It doesn’t get more enthusiastic than Cobalt. This pop-punk/indie-pop mashup resulted in some of the best “shout-it-out” tunes of the year, while showing that you can indeed still make gold with just three chords, enthusiasm, and a solid lyric. Oh, and horns. Lots of horns. — “Everybody Wins” by Cobalt & the Hired Guns is #4: Top 20 Albums of 2012, Independent Clauses, January 1, 2013
Cobalt And The Hired Guns don’t just have a kick ass name; they seem to have a lot of fun making music. Not “a lot of fun” in the way that’s annoying or unearned, but rather a lot of fun because they’re genuinely good at what they do and they know it. The chemistry is heard in every chord progression and drum beat. This combo of commodity and talent is remarkably unpretentious and needs to be heard more often. – The Onion / A.V. Club
Cobalt and the Hired Guns is:
Tomlinson Fort – Guitar / Vox / Harmonica
Dan Lieber – Keys / Synth / Drums
Jeff Brown – Bass / Guitar / Vox
Leyla Royale – Cello / Wardrobe Lights / Hair Color
Mark Lester – Drums / Back-Up Vox / A Bad-Ass Heisenburg
Keith Fort – Slide Guitar/ Bass / being the Godfather
Brian Neibuhr – Trumpet / Trombone / AP Physics
Jeff Vidmont – Tenor Sax / Track Suit
Anna Hochhalter – Alto Sax / Tenor Sax / Everything Helicopters
Elizabeth Nemura – Back-up VOX / Guitar / One Mean Tambourine
Jesse Alexander – Drums / Vox / Guitar
Mike Roth – Bass / Vox / Guitar
John Saunders – Alt0 Sax/ Tenor Sax / Baby