Californian newcomers Cayucas have announced their first ever set of European shows, including The Lexington in London on 21 May. The band have also been confirmed to play Primavera Sound in Barcelona twice, no less.
The live dates follow the release of their recent video for infectious single 'High School Lover', out March 11th 2013 through Secretly Canadian.
Cayucas will release their debut album 'Bigfoot' on 30 April, via Secretly Canadian. As Cayucas, band leader Zach Yudin has created a sound steeped in his sunny California roots, each track a perfectly crafted pop zinger. His catchy, addictive melodies are buoyed by syncopated rhythms and a breezy chorus of vocals. Built in layers and with exquisite atmospheric detail - the hiss of a needle in the groove, steel drum reverb, ambient party noise - Cayucas fixes to a place and time filled with the warmth of nostalgia and the joy of youth.
Cayucas: Pronounced 'ky-yook-us', it's the (slightly misspelled) name of a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then, the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again. The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, who named his band after the town, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.
Cayucas' debut album bears little resemblance to the sound of modern California that's been so omnipresent over the past few years: mentions of weed, lolling around on the beach and musical references to Dick Dale are conspicuously absent. Instead, 'Bigfoot' possesses flirty rhythmic sensibilities both snappy and sparkling, a rosy, near-tropical warmth, and a loose and conversational feel that position you right in the line of Yudin's wry gaze.
Cayucas European Dates:
Fri 17 May Luxembourg Food For Your Senses Festival
Sat 18 May Amsterdam Tolhuistuin
Sun 19 May Paris Espace B
Tue 21 May London The Lexington £7.50
Wed 22 May Manchester Soup Kitchen £6.50
24-26 May Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival