Freethought music, in my view, tends to sound like warmed over folk music most of the time, so when a singer or group comes along that sounds like something you would hear on a commercial radio station, I get really happy. Drew Stedman and The Cosmic Nothings is such a group. They are releasing their debut self-titled EP and I love the music. Even though the lyrics and themes are specifically about religious dissent and freethought, it sounds polished and modern. Give them a listen.
As much as I love Dan Barker, his music reminds me more of someone like Victor Borge – more into parody – or an old time folk act that was big in the 1960’s and is milking their past fame. I love it when a muscian or band comes along that hits all the right notes about freethought and religious dissent but also sounds mainstream. Shelley Segal is one and now we can add Drew Stedman And The Cosmic Nothings to the list
Drew Stedman and The Cosmic Nothings are a rowdy indie rock band with progressive rock, classic country, and classical influences. They hail from Columbus, OH. Drew Stedman has been performing since he was a young child growing up in southern California. After his family moved to central Ohio, a whole new world of musical possibilities opened up to him as he began exploring different styles of music and becoming a skilled guitarist and vocalist. He spent several years in New York were he completed college before moving to Los Angeles. Drew’s former band, Riddley, performed on both coasts and recorded one album, The Quick Goodbye, which was released in 2007. Riddley performed in many of the best venues in LA including The Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, El Rey Theatre, Knitting Factory, The Viper Room and Key Club. After the members of Riddley went their separate ways in 2009, Drew released a solo effort, an EP entitled If the Fires Exist, which is a bold reflection on religion and purpose. Drew de-converted from Christianity shortly after the release of the EP and continues to write thoughtful and provocative music which focuses on belief, relationships, criticism of religion and finding meaning in the universe. He moved back to Columbus, Ohio in 2011 where he produced The Skeptic EP which is a collection of songs dealing with issues of skepticism, faith, love, and science. In 2012 he was joined by bass player Tom Bauer as well as Chris Burnsides (Drums) and Rob Bradley (Guitar), to form Drew Stedman and the Cosmic Nothings. Chris Gatsby joined the band in early 2013 playing Keyboard and Viola. They recently completed their first EP, which is self-titled, and will be released in Summer 2013. The Cosmic Nothings are currently working on music for a second project that will be released later in 2013.
I might be biased because Drew is a member of my local Humanist group here in Columbus, but I really do like the music. It is like the music I regularly listen to and the point of view is a bonus.
You should check them out and buy their EP.
Here is a video clip for one of my favorite tunes: