Longtime drummer on the NY music scene, Jonny Couch, has come from behind the kit in his new self-named band to get behind the microphone. On his 5 song EP, Animal Instinct, he plays drums, organ and synths on all tracks.
Animal Instinct, pressed on vinyl with digital card on Jonny's own Damaged Sofa Records, was released November 11, 2016. Jonny combines various styles from years in NYC playing punk rock. The resulting sound? A leather capped New Romantic disguised as Brando-Elvis belting out anthemic heartbreak missives of pain.
The EP was recorded in Savannah, GA at Dollhouse Productions by Peter Mavrogeorgis (Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Twisty Cats). The songs harken back to early 80's power pop and new romantic sounds. However, Jonny hasn't left behind the garage roots of his Pittsburgh & Cleveland scenes, where he lived prior to NYC.
The striking artwork on the 12” was directed by David Nathan Allen, whose long album cover history goes back to Iggy Pop & James Williamson's Kill City, The Police, and probably most iconic of all, Devo's Freedom Of Choice. The Animal Instinct model with cigarette takes on a Roxy Music visual approach for the modern era.