Psychedelic rock band, The Cuckoos, are exclusively streaming their self-titled debut EP with Relix. 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/keyboardist Kenneth Frost. 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.
Leading up to the release, The Cuckoos unveiled two tracks from the EP. Lead single, "Get It On", premiered with Glide Magazine, 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, "Mind Breakthrough", 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. Classic Rock Magazine 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, 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.
In their short time as a band, The Cuckoos have earned a number of accolades, including #1 Psychedelic Band to See Live by Classic Rock Magazine (Pink Floyd Issue), and #1 Emerging Psychedelic Band by The Deli Austin 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.
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