“However you’d like to classify them is up to you, but what it boils down to is [The Cuckoos] are just a great young band that has a promising future.” –Pancakes & Whiskey
“Imagine The Doors, Joy Division, and Rick James writing songs with Tame Impala and you start to get an idea of the rock and roll magic being conjured by Austin group The Cuckoos.” –Glide Magazine
APRIL 12, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY – Psychedelic rock band, TheCuckoos, are exclusively streaming their self-titled debut EP withRelix. Listen HERE. “The quartet’s blend of funk, blues and psychedelic sounds has evoked comparisons to Tame Impala, Joy Division and The Doors”, Relix notes. “[Their EP] builds on the band’s captivating blend of genres, evoking the 1960s through a contemporary lens.” The 8-song collection, which will be available on 4/14, was recorded between a garage and a church in the heart of Austin and “tells the story of psychedelic love, heartbreak, and new beginnings”, according to vocalist/keyboardistKennethFrost. In support of the record, the band will be playing shows in a number of Texas cities, including San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, in addition to their hometown of Austin. The band will also be touring overseas for the first time come this June. For more information on The Cuckoos, please visit: http://www.thecuckoosaustin.com/
Leading up to the release, The Cuckoos unveiled two tracks from the EP. Lead single, “GetItOn“, premiered with GlideMagazine, who described, “Charismatic lead singer Kenneth Frost definitely brings to mind Jim Morrison, but even with the presence of an organ there is a more modern dance groove happening that makes you want to gyrate.” Likewise, follow-up single, “MindBreakthrough“, was featured on Pancakes & Whiskey, who praised the song saying, “Immediately after pressing play we are transported to another time, and possibly another dimension.”
Drawing inspiration from vintage pop, psychedelic rock, funk and blues, The Cuckoos have been recognized for their ability to bring back the sounds of the 1960s in their original songs. ClassicRockMagazine christened their psychedelic garage rock “spectacular,” declaring the band “hip young dudes who mine the late sixties acid rock scene for inspiration, but sound so authentic you’ll think you’re having a flashback.”
The Cuckoos were formed in 2014 by lead vocalist/keyboardist, KennethFrost, and lead guitarist/backing vocalist, DaveNorth. To flesh out their lineup, North introduced Frost to a pair of his longtime friends, including powerhouse drummer ColeKoenning and bassist EricRoss. 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.
In their short time as a band, The Cuckoos have earned a number of accolades, including #1 Psychedelic Band to See Live byClassicRockMagazine (Pink Floyd Issue), and #1 Emerging Psychedelic Band by TheDeliAustin in 2015. “We just want to make music that makes people feel good and feel bad,” Frost explains. “We just want them to feel something; something that’s passionate and honest.”
The Cuckoos’ self-titled debut EP is out this Friday, 4/14.