Cowboy Diplomacy delivers unrestrained, invigorating southern rock out of Austin, Texas. Captivating their audiences with an unconventional style and raw lyrics, frontman Ian Cochran's singular growl-like vocals draw listeners in, while the band's energy and music keep them hooked.
The band's raw yet classic sound quickly established the band as one-to-watch and led to securing a Black Fret nomination. Pulling influence from classic rock acts like AC/DC and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well their San Diego roots and their current home of Austin, these robust tenors can be traced to a sound reminiscent of Rival Sons, Kaleo, and Kings of Leon, which the band draws comparisons to.
There's reflective ease that comes pouring in as soon as the tantalizing resonance of "Easier When I'm Stoned" floods the soundwaves with a grippingly raw ambiance. The delicately strumming acoustic guitar riffs trickle in with ease as they create a repetition that's embedded into your mind and the elusive energy unveiled throughout the musical foundation.
Building upon this groundwork in a way that leaves you anticipating the heightened moments that this song will go on to carry out, we admire the beauty that lies within the thought-provoking build-ups. Cowboy Diplomacy has a way of amalgamating their good nature and pure talent to convey a soundscape rich with the sentiments poured into it.
Capturing us with the smoldering dominance that comes from timbres equally as powerful as they are soothing, Cowboy Diplomacy draws us into lyrical motifs like, 'cause the real world is hard.' Words that are sharp with how they emotionally leave an impact on us, we get to embrace "Easier When I'm Stoned" as a piece that brings light to escaping reality, even if just for a moment.
Understanding the assignment and excelling in this realm of soul-touching tenors, Cowboy Diplomacy leaves us with our thoughts and the okay that sometimes we need to flee into tranquil moments to reset our psyche.
Congratulations on the release of "Easier When I'm Stoned." We love the soothing sounds that are brought to Life by you all. With such a raw theme that I'm sure many listeners are eager to dive into, what inspired the essence of this record?
It starts in pieces. It was song by song. "Easier When I'm Stoned" came from me trying to slow down and realize I need to catch myself sometimes. Sometimes the easier way out is subsiding to what we want. You don't realize when you're writing many songs that they have anything in common sometimes. Sometimes you just write, and write, another, and another, and then hear them and say, "mannn I was on a certain wave, in a certain place." That's kind of what happened here. Moment by moment, I wrote, and this is what it sounded like.
With such vivid lyrics that create a genuine picture for us, what inspired the songs descriptively lay in the composition?
Nothing "inspired" it necessarily. The way I write is literal. It might drift into metaphor, but I often say exactly what I mean in my songwriting. So you end up getting a very human, real image of what I'm singing about.
Could you please share a glimpse into what the creative process looked like when bringing "Easier When I'm Stoned" to Life? How did each band member contribute to the success of this song?
My creative process began with this song in 2019 when I was sitting on my couch thinking about how much easier it is being buzzed, or 'stoned.' Life just becomes a little easier when you get out of your head and focus on being in the present moment.
What type of advice do you have for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle surrounding their lives but may have a more challenging time doing so?
It's a hard one to answer because I am still asking myself the same question. Don't let negativity or unhealthy habits of any kind take control of your Life. Find what makes you happy and roll, baby.
What's next for Cowboy Diplomacy?
A new album, good vibes, and touring in Europe.