From: NY, United States
Genre: Rock, Country, Americana
Title track "A Long Way From Home" is the winner of the 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Alt. Country Song
“They say the Devil is in the details, but God is in there too...It's those little details that can make or break a song, and I hear those details in My Cousin, The Emperor's songs."
- John Schaefer, Soundcheck WNYC
“I'm officially a fan."
- Jad Abumrad, Radiolab (NPR)
"Led by the singer/songwriter Jason Reischel, MCTE explores the usual issues (love, loss, more loss), but does it with honesty and conviction. "Justine" gets about as funky as a cowboy tune can get and "Broken Bottles Blues No.2" tells it like it is."
-Brad Farberman, Relix Magazine
“Filled to the brim with both alone-in-the-pouring-rain ballads and throw-me-another-whiskey barroom romps.”
- My Old Kentucky Blog
“With "Montevideo," My Cousin, The Emperor stands up for all that's still right with the genre of country.”
- Under the Radar Magazine
“My Cousin, The Emperor is like a country version of Pavement. They have nuances of a lo-fi 90s band, mixed with a country acoustic twang.”
- The Deli Magazine
“My Cousin, the Emperor makes happily gnarly music; the band’s debut album, 'A Long Way from Home,' trades in rolling country rock & roll.”
- Time Out NY
“Contrary to popular expectations, there is the occasional great americana band that comes out of New York City...Take the band My Cousin, The Emperor.”
- WFPK Radio Louisville
“Reverb-heavy melancholy that is very comparable to songs from artists like Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison.”
- Brooklyn Rocks
“These guys remind me of Explosions in the Sky. Great rhythm, great harmonies...great fusion of country and indie rock."
- Rik Cordero, Three/21 Films
“With his band My Cousin, The Emperor, Reischel explores an alt-country sound that tips its hat to the indie rock scene while still maintaining a simple twang.
- Alana Harper, WNYC Music Hub