The year was 1997. The heyday of Christian alternative rock was starting to wane, as mainstream sounds were drifting into new territory. Dance pop (in the form of boy bands and girl bands) was starting to make another attempt at dominating the airwaves. Electronica and house were exploding in creativity and splintering into new subgenres every day. Outside of punk and hardcore, the most exciting thing happening in rock was a revival of traditional British sounds in a new format cleverly dubbed “Britpop.” While not a new genre per se, its popularity had boomed with no small thanks to bands like Oasis, Blur, James and literally dozens of others across the pond. But CCM had always been largely an American scene (with notable exceptions of course).
Enter Kosmos Express. The band had perhaps the most relevant and refreshing take on the genre, having very few peers in the scene (Driver Eight being the strongest example). They released 2 albums, and drifted off into obscurity, although some members turned up elsewhere (member Beau Burchell later surfaced as a guitarist for Saosin, for instance). As so often happens with innovative and/or relevant bands (King’s X, anyone?), Kosmos Express never got the credit they deserved.
Here is my favorite track from their debut album “Now.”