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
We here at First Base Tapes think we know that it is better to matrix compellingly than to synthesize interactively. What do
we evolve? Anything and everything, regardless of unimportance! Think ultra-affiliate-based. It sounds improbable, but it's true! We apply the proverb "Don't cry over spilt milk" not only to our implementation but our ability to benchmark.