Cara and The Cobras, led by singer, Cara Jo Ross, are Aberdeen based alt-rockers, have made waves since forming just seven months ago! They have now released their debut single, Fallen Blackbirds.
Music runs deep through the family and friends veins. Cara’s dad taught her the drums and played in several bands himself over the years with Cara performing solo acoustic sets for a short while before deciding to start a band together. She asked family friends to join, and before too long, Cara and The Cobras were formed.
Cara along with, Paul Sinclair (rhythm guitar), Scott Walker (drums and DAD), Stewart Gordon (bass guitar) and Lee Henderson (lead guitar), make a lot of noise with catchy hooks and a sing-along chorus. Fallen Blackbirds hits all the chords for debut and has gained them immediate attention from the Scottish press and radio, with it’s radio debut by the local legend Jim Gellatly. I suppose “It’s (“Fallen Blackbirds”) is based on being free, like birds in life, choosing how you live. If you don’t you will hit the ground and break like fallen blackbirds.”
The track is one that will be a fan favourite in a festival atmosphere. Sadly, as with all artists, those Summer opportunities have been postponed to safer times. The band look forward to those, especially as they have started to make a name for themselves on the live circuit as well, in their short musical career.
With influences such as future hall of famers, Alice In Chains and Alanis Morissette; they are hoping to garner a following that would place them on a festival bill alongside the growing number of female fronted rock acts such as Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Halestorm. As Cara states; “We are alternative rock music, there is nothing like that out there…we are trying to create a different sound.”
The official music video was filmed at the 16th century House of Schivas and on its stunning grounds located in the valley of the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire. The video has a very dark and Victorian feel, keeping in line with their rock roots. “Those that recorded and produced the video were from Robert Gordon University. I emailed lecturers there about the track and the idea about the video and they spoke about it in a class and the students wanted to be involved!” Not only did the band get the locals involved, but Cara’s Mum, who owns and runs a local popular hair salon, provided hair and make-up duties with another talented local to help with the costumes. Also its the first video I have seen with a MKII Escort in it!
When allowed to return, the band are scheduled to go back to Magic Box Studio in Dundee, with Take That’s sound engineers, to record their follow up single and EP to be release later this year. 2020 might be the year of the rat, but will it end up being the year of the cobra?