As the weeks and months roll by, the world keeps getting increasingly bizarre. It makes you wonder whether it’s going to get even stranger…. (And it usually does.) Alternative rock band Microcosms is cognizant of this urgency, and they pour it all into their songwriting. Their latest EP, Flytrap, features six songs that range in intensity, and are reflective of the collective anxiety that essentially acts as the backdrop to the modern world.

Written over the course of 2021, the new EP channels the band’s collective thoughts as young men who are optimistic for the future, but operate under the anxiety of trying to operate and find their way through a world that just becomes more and more delusional.

When asked about the new EP, lead singer and guitarist Andrew Tschiltsch shares:

Flytrap is our first release as a four-piece band and goes down a dark and heavy hole before emerging with a plea for empathy and understanding. I spent the last year honing my mixing and mastering skills to producing these songs, and I’m proud of the significant step forward this record represents in the evolution of our sound.”

Tschiltsch formed Microcosms in 2015 in Chicago, joined alongside Bryan Emer, a master of the funky bass line, drummer Jered Piepenbrink, and keyboardist and guitarist Ronn Richardson. It was about a decade ago when the idea for the band started to take shape in Tschiltsch’s head, while confined to a desk job in the financial sector. To drown out the boredom and frustration, he would spend a lot of his days discovering new bands and sounds, listening to his headphones while he plodded through his workdays. Living in a major city like Chicago offered him the opportunity to see a ton of club shows, as well as major festivals like Lollapalooza.

Cumulatively, this all fueled his ambition and desire even more to form a band. In fact, it’s that festival stage which to this day really motivates Tschilitsch to push on, determined that one day he and his bandmates too will be standing up there, the center of attention for thousands of onlookers. Quitting your job and doing a complete 180 with your life is no easy feat, but Tschilitsch wouldn’t have it any other way, grateful and pleased beyond belief that he took a risk and just decided to go for it.

Artwork for the album ‘Flytrap’ by Microcosms