Before a show at the Night Light in Oakland, Cocktails vocalist Patrick Clos is bobbing his head compulsively. Paisley shirt buttoned to the neck beneath a flight jacket, Clos casually describes the San Francisco band's assets. "What works for us is super-catchy, fist-pumping rock songs with lots of dual vocals," he says with a grin. Clos is right — Cocktails' lilting melodies and punchy back-beats follow a formula, but their lack of pretense and thoughtful songwriting impart that formula with... More >>>
Few connections, no effects, and no posturing: The unadorned hook is Cocktails' active ingredient.