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is a Chicago
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band signed to the New York
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-based label Go-Kart Records.
The Cougars' music is often compared to that of Rocket from the Crypt
Rocket from the Crypt was an American rock band led by John Reis, formed in 1989 in San Diego, California and disbanded in 2005.The band gained critical praise and the attention of major record labels after the release of their 1992 album Circa: Now!, leading to a recording contract with Interscope...
. The band avoids categorizing themselves in interviews; they've claimed to be simply "a rock band with horns" http://www.concreteweb.be/interviews/interviews_2004/cougars/cougars2004interview.htm
and "a rock band making rock music."http://www.gokartrecords.de/index.php?&PAGE=bands&id=38/
Five of the eight members are former members of Hot Stove Jimmy, a ska
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band based in the same area.
- Sam Ambrosini - Keyboards
- Bryan Bienias - Bass Guitar
- Matt Irie - Vocals
- John McClurg - Guitar
- Brett Meingasner - Guitar
- Brian Wnukowski - Drums
- Nice, Nice (2003), Go Kart Records
- Manhandler EP (2004), Thick Records
- Pillow Talk (2005 in Europe, 2006 in North America), Go Kart Records