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. Though their influences are unmistakeable and they are a young band, the band are also carving their own path, hungry to become more than the sum total of the music that has inspired them. The Cuckoos’ rowdy, infectious rock and roll is on full display on their forthcoming self-titled debut EP. On the EP the group channels sounds of psychedelic rock from the 1960s, and recently they’ve started exploring elements of electronics, funk, jazz and blues to create a totally nostalgic and retro vibe, while remaining incredibly fresh and new.
Today Glide Magazine is excited to premiere the new single from The Cuckoos, “Get It On”. 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.
Says Kenneth Frost of the track, “Around the time we wrote this song, we were listening to a lot of 1965-67 era psychedelic albums, like Rubber Soul by The Beatles and The Doors’ debut record. Dave plays a nice fuzz bass over my keybass in the track and also does some really gnarly slide guitar playing. I had my organ hooked to a phaser pedal, and layered my synth over it to make it warble a little more.”