The Cockles were formed in 1990 by a teenage Huck DeMilo and his best friend, Eric Grossman. The NYC-based band featured Jonathan Margulis and the late, great Neil Sherman on drums and bass, respectively. Philadelphia radio giant WXPN broke The Cockles by repeatedly spinning the band's dark-but-hooky "Choking Jennifer" in 1991.The Demonstration Tapes is both a simple collection of The Cockles' best recordings and an aural window into the world of a band in the act of delivering itself from the trembling hands of quirky, three-minute pop songs into the vice-like grip of three-minute epics. By the last song, 'Reason To Riot (part 1)', it becomes abundantly clear that songwriter Huck DeMilo is going places. Prague, to be specific.