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Derek Smith released a pair of well received solo albums in 2022 and 2023 to further explore different musical branches, and now the band is back and have renamed themselves Derek Smith and the Cosmic Vultures. Their latest single, "Waiting," shows off just how varied their sound is. It starts off with a killer alt-rock guitar that sounds like it's lifted right out of the 90's. And then there's the harmonies. Derek Smith and the Cosmic Vultures are using vocal harmonies that you don't hear outside of traditional folk. "Waiting" is a beautiful power ballad that still packs a rock punch. This is an engaging one that's going to sweep you away with its epic size.
Derek Smith says of his band's latest song:
“‘Waiting’ is about waiting for something to happen. Waiting for the money to fall in your lap. Waiting for the big break. Waiting for death. Waiting for the chickens to come home to roost. It’s everything and anything you can be waiting for. But for me I always had this idea that maybe something will just happen. I was very wrong. Waiting for something to happen to you is a sad thing. I’ve learned that you need to go out and do it. Do what you need to do. Make your own luck.”
You can listen to "Waiting" below. For more on Derek Smith and the Cosmic Vultures, check out the band's website.