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Article About Cousin Simple

The winners of Groove U's 2017 Instaband competition are gaining traction as an emerging Columbus success story”

Grant, Columbus Underground

Cousin Simple took the stage on an oppressively hot August afternoon at the Columbus Food Truck Festival, playing through an hour-long set that was mostly inclusive of what was at the time their still-forthcoming debut album. I marveled at their energy in spite of the swelter, leaping around and savoring every square inch of the concrete platform. They looked like they were having the time of their lives, and there seemed to be this unpretentious enthusiasm for the privilege of just being there to perform for whoever happened to show up. It was infectious. 

The alterna-rock quintet, which comprises lead singer Will “Harsh” Hoag, guitarist Ryan “Ryu” Ulibarri, bassist Mitch Whittaker, guitarist and keyboardist Luke Hamrock, and drummer Henry Morris, are still navigating the hallways of their high school when they’re not working on Cousin Simple business. But after the aspiring musicians claimed top honors at Groove U’s Instaband competition last February, their extra-curricular dance cards have filled up rather quickly. Since then, they’ve become regulars on the Columbus club and festival circuit, including stage time at Skully’s, Columbus Arts Fest, Slice of Columbus, and CoHatch.