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Cuckoo’s debut full-length album Big encapsulates the thoughts and feelings of many a recent college graduate. There are the feelings of loss – the loss of relationships, the loss of familiarity, the loss of comfort. Thoughts of uncertainty and fear. All of these have become embedded in the cultural fabric of our society. It seems a right of passage to work a lousy minimum-wage job post-graduation, realize you need to become a “responsible member of society” and wonder what it all means. But, if you’re lucky, when you’re in this spot you’ll also find yourself in a band with some very rich material to write songs with.

Change isn’t always scary though – sometimes it can be fun. A change in the band’s lineup and instrumentation meant previous songs had to be reworked and written in different keys. The creative process provided the spark of inspiration for the writing of new songs, and eventually, the decision to make a proper full-length album. Somewhere along the way, the name had to go as well. What was formerly “Coo Coo Bad Brains” was now just Cuckoo – a simple and elegant symbol of the natural process of growth that the band had undergone.

Some things will always stay the same though. The boys of Cuckoo still love Duster, Bedhead, and Pavement, as reflected in their soft, slightly off-kilter melancholic grooves and subtle, twangy edge; they still love cute studio tricks (for example, the drums on “Moving” were laid down on an 8-track, then slowed down and recorded over); but above all, they still love making you feel things.

First Base Tapes is proud to announce their latest release: Big, by Cuckoo


released March 2, 2018

Adam Tammariello - Guitar
Colton O’Connor - Baritone
James Calvet - Drums

Mixed/Master by Caden Marchese
Artwork by Daniel Stroh
Bass on all tracks by Nathanael Grandbois

Special Thanks to Kenneth Prior, Jordan Dawson, Michelle Cibel, Niko Kuklin, Cameryn Duarte, Noah Pacheco, Elijah Jarocki, Big Time Rock Music


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Track Name: Cover Girl
Why don’t any of these windows
Open enough to catch a breeze
To air out the smell of laundry
At least you never seemed you mind
At least you never said you mind

I thought I felt you but I was wrong
Mistaking you for a pillow felt dumb
Track Name: Chandler
She just wants half
Less is greater
Forget tomorrow
Sleep in later
Look to my sister
Rolls her eyes
Leaves in morning
Doesn’t say goodbye

We’ve got a plan
Have it figured out
Three day rain
Following a draught
There’s a better way to break it
When I get back
Haven’t spoke in years
Where’s the party at?
Track Name: Daycare
Cloud tanner, sculpted by the day
Man eater, terrified of what they'll say
Selfless like a mannequin
Never seen when the lights are dim

And they laughed
Track Name: Tonka Trucks
No matter how bland
I’ll still call you a friends
Even though we haven’t spoke in years
Years before tonight
But I never tried
And you tried

I won’t take your hand
Until I hear the plan
From the mouth of the
Standing in the wing when you try
When you try
I’ll try

You put me through a lot
When you cracked your skull
Does that make me a selfish piece of shit?
Track Name: Moving
Driving to the corner store
5 minutes before they close
To buy some comfort snack
We haven't eaten in days

Expel all the dirt from inside
The yellow hue is a surprise
Home is stuck in time
But I'm fine staying in

Wonder how friends die
While you wait for them to leave
Don't smile with your teeth
Just say goodbye

Deep cracks in the concrete
I forget to watch my feet
Tears form from the wind
While the street cuts my teeth

He bites his nails thinking
How to help everyone
Lies about the burns on his arm
But I never say anything
Track Name: Glitter
You could have shot me down without a purpose
Before i could leave, and announce my absence
With tab dancing topics, about the obvious
You led us too the point

Of the single reason of our close encounter
Of a different kind then i’m equipped to deal with
And you try your hardest but can’t help but mention
The fitting time for rain

We only talked for minutes done after weeks of waiting
And i don’t feel better then i did prior
I’ve been drunk for weeks and can blame the foundation
Or that i’m still unemployed

Just another complaint that you have to hear
And i’m not try to tell you to be nicer to me
But we both know my intentions aren’t far from pity
Though i’d never admit
Track Name: Leg Day
have you gotten sick
of living in the thic of it
you never thought it true
that i could live with you

when you finally leave
i’ll be so very happy
and our friendship will be
probably better to

i guess i maybe
should have more sympathy

you didn’t have the whit
to close the door
when you’re talking shit
Track Name: Up
I could keep this
Job and still live
Fairly Easy
Makes my mom queazy
I can’t relate
To your heart rate
I’m so sorry
Your calls alarmed me

It means something
That I feel nothing
No pause you let up
Called me a fuck up
Drunk on the roof
We sang old tunes
’til the morning
I cried when learning
Track Name: Scabs
It’s not all bad
And the days go by fast
I’ll talk your ear off
I’ll talk your ear off

Been peeling back scabs
And taking more hours
It’s better than before
It’s much better now

I make my way out and straight back in again
Track Name: Spider-Man Is My Favorite Superhero
You risk you safety in operation
When the instruction are in Japanese
The timing of our conversation
Still eats away at me

Who am I to give you direction
When I can’t even get out of bed
It takes a strange sort of obsession
To translate what you said
Track Name: Barrymore
Pause when you try to speak
You realize while the lights bleed
Cry in your sleeve, but not on TV
Wonder how long till they see

You were a child star
But everyone said you took it far
Now they’re gone, they don’t care
How could they just leave you here

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