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.

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