The Rocks Off 200

The Rocks Off 200: Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Who? Everything about Insko feels like a lazy dream. It's a strummy, indie sort of sound that slows the heart and opens the mind to gentler thoughts. Taylor Harper has a light, but powerful voice that frames each word and thought like a cloud drifting through an azure sky, but it's grounded by the journeyman guitars and incidental instrumentation of his mate Gunnar Cushway.

His presence is always hovering in the background, painting the songs with little strokes of emphasis and solidity. Guitar, bass, drums, light keys, vocals -- whatever a song needs he's on it. His approach to music is very artistic, always questioning a song's message and which instrument will clearest express that message. The result is terribly honest tunes that feel like they've been signed like a painter signs a masterpiece. I'm very much looking forward to their debut LP from NoisePodium Records later this year.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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