The Cuckoos have unveiled a video for their latest single, “Heartbreak Paradise”, released in February for Valentine’s Day. Watch HERE. Featuring pink-hued performance footage over tropical snippets from the band’s time at Carnaval de Bahidora in Las Estacas, MX, the video represents the ‘heartbreak paradise’ vocalist/keyboardist Kenneth Frost describes in the song. “It’s about a place for all the people that have fallen in and out of love,” Frost explains. “It’s a place that serves as a temporary fix for those longing for love but who are unable to move on from what they’ve lost.” “Heartbreak Paradise”, produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Dandy Warhols, Slayer, The Front Bottoms), is available for purchase/streaming on all digital platforms. For more information on The Cuckoos, please visit: http://www.thecuckoosaustin.com/.
If the first few months of 2018 are any indication of what’s to come, then this year will be another great one for The Cuckoos. With the release of “Heartbreak Paradise” in February, the band was lauded by PopMatters, who noted, “Here, the group transports us back to an era filled with the kind of vibrant hues favored by the Doors and Love while remaining very much of this moment and, ever so slightly, the future.” Likewise, Culture Collide praised The Cuckoos’ authentic “classic late 60s style acid rock” and included the band’s prior single “A Little Bit Funky” on their limited edition SXSW compilation vinyl featuring tracks from Austin’s top artists.
Following all this, the band played seven SXSW showcases, including ones hosted by BalconyTV and Desert Daze, and were announced as direct support for Swimming with Bears’ spring tour, kicking off on May 4th in Dallas, TX.
The Cuckoos were formed in 2014 by lead vocalist/keyboardist, Kenneth Frost, and lead guitarist/backing vocalist, Dave North. To flesh out their lineup, North introduced Frost to a pair of his longtime friends, including powerhouse drummer Cole Koenning and bassist Eric Ross. Together, despite their young ages, the four musicians have quickly amassed a body of work that evokes a nostalgic classic-rock sound, yet remains fresh and innovative.
The band’s self-titled debut EP was released in April 2017 to praise from Relix, Glide Magazine and Pancakes & Whiskey, and hit #53 on NACC Radio 200, #13 on NACC Radio 200 Adds and #34 on FMQB Alt Spec Albums. The success of the EP also helped make possible a distribution deal with Republic of Music, a two-week tour of the UK, a show in New York City, their first-ever Mexico dates and a set at Bahidora Festival.
Tour Dates: Apr 13 – The Electric Church, Austin, TX May 4 – Dallas, TX – Three Links * May 6 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack * May 7 –Nashville, TN – The End * May 8 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern * May 10 – New York, NY – Berlin * May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Windup Space * May 12 – Providence, RI – Alchemy * May 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie * May 14 –Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs * May 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose * May 17 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen * May 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Foundry * *= w/ Swimming with Bears