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A Band You Should Know: The Great Sadness
June 20, 2017 | by Jocelyn Hoppa

A lot of press releases tend to fly by when you're managing three email accounts. But, The Great Sadness caught my eye, for obvious reasons, and I'm seriously glad I stopped to give them a listen. This LA duo features guitarist/singer Cathy Cooper and drummer Stephen McNeely — together, they create dirty folk-blues that is doom-laden, possessing perhaps a great sadness, but also a unique ability to blend Delta blues with the heavy intensity of the Birthday Party and The Gun Club.

The band's latest release Weep, produced by Joe Cardamone (ex-Icarus Line), is calamitous, mysterious, downbeat, and aggressive. Not-so light music for some not-so light times. I was pretty blown away upon a first listen, and so, you should give 'em a go.

www.norecessmagazine.com/single-post/2017/06/20/A-Band-You-Should-Know-The-Great-Sadness

Ears Wide Open: The Great Sadness
Daiana Feuer on April 19th, 2017

Guitarist Cathy Cooper and drummer Stephen McNeely met four years ago in Echo Park. The Great Sadness began as a stripped-down folk-blues venture but grew sharp teeth over time. It’s a sludgy crawl through a swamp of doom full of madness and chaotic emotion. Cooper’s voice is that of a possessed witch. She plays guitar and lap-steel, twisting dark blues like a knife to split space open for her quivering voice. McNeely is right there with her, another agent of darkness, pounding his drums like he’s crushing souls. Brutal and cathartic. Their new album, “Weep,” comes out April 20. They recorded with Joe Cardamone (Icarus Line) at Valley Recording Company in Burbank. Wanting to keep it raw and as close to live as possible, they didn’t add many overdubs beyond some sub bass sounds and Moog provided by Cardamone. Cooper says, “He’s the best, that Joe. He really got what we were doing and finessed it to make it bigger and better.” It was mastered by Howie Weinberg, who has hundreds of many amazing credits to his name, including seminal albums by Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, The White Stripes, and so much more. “He delivered the rock,” Cooper adds.

buzzbands.la/2017/04/19/ears-wide-open-great-sadness/

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released April 20, 2017

American Primitive

produced, engineered and mixed : Joe Cardamone @ VCR
mastered: Howie Weinberg
photography: Florencia P Marano

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The Great Sadness Los Angeles, California

Cathy Cooper
guitar, vocals

Stephen McNeely
drums

'Their debut EP is full of what I can only explain as the spiritual channeling of lovely sparse witchy delta blues meets dark folk music that at times reminds me of The Gun Club but yet manages to stand on it’s own two feet.'

Travis Keller/BUDDYHEAD

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Track Name: ENOUGH
I've had enough
of this cold
frost and ice
pave this road

so cold

I've had enough
the question of my soul
I stopped trying
nowhere to go

so cold
so very cold
Track Name: BLIND
I am blind
carry me
on to the other side
I am blind

see through me
flesh and air
I have waited for this day
see through me

come with me
no more tears
meet me on the other side
come with me
Track Name: DESERTER
this game is over
I cannot breathe
my wings are broken
here for all to see
there'll be no crying
no, not for me

there'll be no crying
no, not for me

I am the deserter
and I lay down to sleep
my heart is broken
here for all to see
there'll be no crying
no, not for me

there'll be no crying
no, not for me
Track Name: BIRDMAN
Birdman fell down from heaven
crash land into my arms
dust and ash burning heaven

Birdman your eyes made the sky turn black

no more life in this heaven
wings wrapped tight round my neck
dust and ash smoking heaven

Birdman your eyes made the sky turn black
Track Name: NEVER
this life is full of suffering
and we must walk alone
endless tears of suffering
and we must walk alone

I never
saw it
coming at all

I am a fool in this posturing
with a soul made of glass
such a fool in this posturing
with a soul made of glass

my heart it burst, this agony
history rides my pain
my heart it burst, this agony
history rides my pain

history rides my pain
history rides my pain
history rides my pain
history rides my pain

I never
saw it
coming at all