Windsor has been kind to Montreal band Cobra & Vulture.
“We go through Ontario quite often, and there’s a few stops on the road that always mean good times,” said Amber Goodwyn, who shares lead guitar with Erin Ross. “Phog is one of those places. He (Phog Lounge co-owner Tom Lucier) made it easy for us years ago when we started touring. That’s why we keep coming back.”
The trio returns to the Rose City for this year’s Phog Phest on Sept. 15, playing tunes from their unreleased album, Grasslands.
Phog has made an impact on Cobra & Vulture and vice versa. “I helped [co-owner Frank Incitti] with the menu at Phog,” said Ross. “It was my idea to give him the onion ring poutine because that’s what we served up at the diner where I work in Montreal.”
This is the band’s second time playing Phog Lounge as Cobra & Vulture, a name derived from the Egyptian hieroglyphic for royalty. Cobra & Vulture previously played there as the band Nightwood along with drum- mer, Jeremy MacCuish, who also plays for bands Cot- ton Mouth and Parlovr.
“I’m a part-time Montrealer, part-time Saskatchewan dweller,” said Goodwyn, who brings some of that dual- ity into her music. “So, it’s like a psychedelic prairie landscape rock album with prog-like moments and lots of harmonies.”
The band is keeping it old school by selling cassettes that have a download code for their two recent EPs, Seer and Vocare.