Friday night, September 6, Cosmic Suckerpunch are playing Cafe Du Nord on Market Street in San Francisco. The Los Angeles based, classic psychedelic and hard rock influenced indie rock band is coming off the 2013 release of their EP “Breathe”. This four piece band consists of twin brothers Fabien Hameline (lead/ rhythm guitar), Sebastien Hameline (bass), Ari Welkom (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Adam Timmerman (drummer). Cosmic Suckerpunch are no strangers to San Francisco playing the Outside Lands Festival in 2011 as well as The Independent in 2012.
Cosmic Suckerpunch is playing the second slot of the night to a slowly growing crowd in the showroom of the Cafe Du Nord. To start off the set, Cosmic Suckerpunch kick into the uptempo riff charged rock song “That Voice” and coincidentally the first song on their new EP “Breathe”. Right after, the band goes straight into another tune from their new EP called “I Don’t Know”. With singer Ari Welkom’s vocals warmed up, Cosmic Suckerpunch perform the grooving vocally driven “The Devil Song”. After a warm applause from the crowd, the Bay Area native and frontman Ari Welkom addresses the crowd and then casually starts to sing “Mindbender”. As they make their way through the set, the crowd grows to mostly fill the showroom and really get into the show, especially when the foursome play the catchy chorus fueled “Glad You’re Here Now”. Cosmic Suckerpunch perform a song called “Fool Moon” in addition to the spacey song “Cosmic” from their debut album “Good Morning” before launching into Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On”. After finishing their set, the crowd began chanting for one more song to which Cosmic Suckerpunch answer back with a heavy rendition of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”.
When it comes to the rock music of 2013, it doesn’t get any better than Cosmic Suckerpunch. This band can play any type of rock and frontman Ari Welkom’s vocals range from Shannon Moon and Chris Cornell to David Bowie and are perfect for rock music. He sings with animated moves as well as a hint of aggression and punk rock energy. Fabien Hameline does some handy guitar work playing electrifying riffs with the occasional swift solo to the solid as a rock rhythm section of Sebastien Hameline and Adam Timmerman. Catch them up and close now while they are playing the clubs before they start playing the large theaters.