Distant Cousins is a Los Angeles-based folk/pop trio with strong Jewish and local roots. Dov Rosenblatt, former lead singer of Blue Fringe, and Ami Kozak grew up in New Jersey and graduated, a few years apart, from TABC in Teaneck. Duvid Swirsky (Moshav band) grew up in Israel on the moshav founded and influenced by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Having met years ago when their bands often overlapped, the three singers, songwriters, and producers formed Distant Cousins in 2013 and, in addition to their concerts, have had their music featured in films like “This Is Where I Leave You,” commercials for brands like Macy’s, movie trailers for “Daddy’s Home” and “How To Train Your Dragon 3,” and on numerous TV shows.
Their new album, “Next of Kin,” was released last month by Jullian Records and has already won praise from music critics and Jewish media. The review from Hollywood’s famous record store, Amoeba Records, described the album as “filled with infectious hooks and floor-stompin’ riffs,” and “feels familiar, warm, and alive with excitement … Basically, it’s the sound of your new favorite band.”
Performances will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. at Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, and Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall,
New York City. Visit Distantcousinsofficial.com.