THE CUCKOOS are prepared to thrill crowds and industryfolks alike with their debut Los Angeles performance tonight, August 15, at The Satellite in Silverlake. The buzzed-about Austin quartet have amplified this excitement with the release of the third single, the explosive”Carpe Diem,” taken from their upcoming full-length debut album due later this year.
Check out the hard-hitting and psychedelicized performance music video, as seen premiering on Blurred Culture, below.
“With “Carpe Diem,” there’s a new wave thrust with sprinkles of proto-punk throughout amidst the heavy distorted guitars,” state Blurred Culture.
Out on digital platforms on Friday, August 16, you can pre-save “Carpe Diem” here: https://ffm.to/carpe_diem
“‘Carpe Diem’ is an older track I wrote when I was probably about 16 or 17 that we recently reworked,” shared songwriter KENNETH WAYNE FROST (lead vocals, keyboards). “It started out as just another vague psychedelic track with a sense of escapism to it, but it’s evolved into a very heavy post punky, Iggy Pop meets Billy Idol, kind of thing. I feel like Joy Division is also one of our biggest influences as a group and I feel like we really let that show here for our own pleasure and hopefully the listeners.”
FROST adds: “Lyrically I wasn’t shooting for the next ‘Imagine’ or anything. It really only started out as the first verse and chorus. I went out to L.A. a couple months back to work on writing with a guy named Cisco De Luna. We wrote a different song together and then just started kind of grooving around for fun. I came up with this drum beat on my drum machine that sounded like the B52’s and The Strokes and then I actually came up with the lead guitar line as soon as I picked up the guitar. I suck at string instruments, but hey, it’s a nice little hook. I was laying down a simple key bass and the speakers were gyrating so hard that they fell off their stand and crashed into Cisco’s computer monitor. He ran to Fry’s Electronics to buy another and I came up with the rest of the words back at the hotel I was staying at. It was a great experience.”
“But, back to lyrics,” elaborates FROST. “I feel like I try to be a very positive person. The kind to always look on the bright side. And sometimes you run into people that have the opposite outlook on things. Some people say nothing you do in life has a purpose or matters. It all ends when we die. And to that I’d just say, ‘Fine. Then let’s have a good time before we die.’ I think that’s all the songs really trying to say. Make your days count. Look at the brightside. It may not all go according to plan, but you can at least enjoy the night!”
THE CUCKOOS draw liberally from the deep well of vintage pop, heady psychedelic rock, sizzling hot funk, and even a bit of old-fashioned bluesto create music that is at once classic yet forward thinking.
Following the success of their 2017 EP, the four-piece headed into theirhometown studio, The Bubble, with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Toadies,…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Dandy Warhols, Scorpion Child) to record the new album.
Hear more from the upcoming album with their two previous video singles:
“Why Don’t U Ever Call Me Anymore” – https://youtu.be/P58E9l8q8hU
“We Can Take A Trip To Another Day” – https://youtu.be/VG2qSzrJPVc
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch THE CUCKOOS on a stage near you as they open for The Matt Gilmour Band (which features the son of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour) at one on their remaining shows!
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
San Antonio, TX
The Amp Room
The Fireball Lounge
Reggie’s Rock Club