A Brief History Of Cotter
Columbus-based Cotter showcase sincere sentimentality through a veil of shreddy, pop-punk
anthemicism. Named in memory of a late friend who had tragically succumbed to a battle with
depression, the band sets their foundations in relatable themes that cover a wide spectrum of
emotionality and lived experience.
Formed mid-2019 as an acoustic act by long-time musical collaborators Howard Mesharer (vocals)
and Zachary Lukkarila (guitar/vocals), the full band lineup evolved later with the addition of
Kyle Spears (guitar). The complete collective
took the stage for their first live performance that December, securing the experience just ahead of
2020’s crowdless era.
Cotter officially debuted within the broader alternative music scene the following September,
dropping the single, “Clumsy,” weeks ahead of their five-track EP, On Sunset. Drawing on balladic
melodies, post-hardcore aggression, and everything in-between, the tracklist serves as an eclectic
display of 2000s emo-reminiscent sonic stylings—but not without a fresh breath of modernity.
The band is currently working on their next iteration, which will feature collaborations with the likes
of Will Deely (Beartooth) and Adam Gilbert (Startset) including their latest single, “The Thing I Don't Know,” released Aug 2022.