Justin and The Cosmics (Rooftop)
There are record releases I anticipate (set an iCal entry for, or maybe status-update my excitement), and there are record releases that make me salivate every time I think about them. Justin and the Cosmics’ forthcoming Schooly Dreams LP — out this fall, allegedly! — is firmly in the latter category. I’ve been a fan for a hot minute — lead Cosmonaut Justin Collins’ contributions to the Diamond Rugs oeuvre are impeccable, and his shenanigans with The Buddies are unmatched — but ever since I caught the crew opening up for D-Rugs this spring, my excitement has been unquenchable. Collins has a golden throat coated in nicotine and whiskey, a dark croon that feels like it escaped from the tape deck on an ancient alien’s spaceship and perfectly complements his off-kilter take on classic pop composition. -SEAN L. MALONEY. Nashville Scene.
If you want to see a real punk band, not some indie band that calls themselves that because they use fuzz pedals and wear Converse, then Justin & the Cosmics is the band you need to see. There’s the Clash, the Modern Lovers, and even that original punk, Elvis, all in their sound. Collins is a sneering amalgam of, like, every early American male badass; Johnny Cash, James Dean, Elvis, and Dylan are all there. His voice was gritty and snotty and at moments drifted into southern rockabilly inflections. If you’re looking for the great punk-influenced rock and roll in Nashville, this band was smarter, were better performers, and more authentic than all the groups of children hardly old enough to drink that constantly get buzz as the best “punk” groups in town. - JACQUI SAHAGIAN. No Country For New Nashville
"It's the Anglo American faggy groove" - Robyn Hitchcock
“Eternally cool customer and frontman to one of my favorite Nashville bands, Justin and The Cosmics, Justin Collins makes great music in just about every way possible. Whether it be his powers of production and collaboration or equally valued more personal offerings. Justin has remained a bit of a best kept secret in our little town, but I suspect not for much longer.” – Caitlin Rose
"If you dig music that is deep, insightful, groovy and hand made then you're gonna make this a MUST in your music collection. This guy is the real deal, in a way that most of us only wish we could be. And one of the greatest frontmen in the US today. He IS the shit. Take a taste. I promise. You won't regret it. You'll be strung out on Justin Collins. " --Patrick Dennis
Justin, alongside Adam Landry, is also known for being half of the critically-acclaimed production duo, Cosmic Thug. They've produced albums with the aforementioned (Diamond Rugs, Deer Tick, Middle Brother) as well as Pete Molinari, Nikki Lane, Sallie Ford, T. Hardy Morris, and Ponyboy . His song "Totally Lonely" is also featured on the debut Diamond Rugs LP, featuring members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, Dead Confederate, and Los Lobos. He also has a song “Killing Time” on the new Diamond Rugs sophomore release Cosmetics.
“Justin Collins has been on our radar for quite a while, as leader of local rock-mericana group Justin and The Cosmics and co-producer of the 2012 self-titled debut from Diamond Rugs, the rootsy, punky supergroup including members of Deer Tick and Black Lips. Collins’ new solo EP, Home, Boy, is four takes on ramblin’ man’s music that pours from the speakers like long-lost acoustic Velvet Underground tracks. But the world-weary haziness isn’t just for show: At the core, the songs are anthems against sinking into the malaise, and bon mots like, “Who is it that looks from behind your eyes?” become a call to action...” -Stephen Trageser, Nashville Scene