Cayucas - Cayucos
After discovering the surf rock group Oregon Bike Trails in 2011 and falling in love with their joyous song Cayucas, (I even declared it song of the year) I have been fixated on finding more music than the four tracks they had available in obscure places on the internet. So when I revived my hunt this week I was still scouring hopelessly for new material and not getting far. Their Bandcamp page had been taken down and all traces of the band seemed to have vanished since 2011.
I did realise that after listening to Oregon Bike Trails on Youtube, several of the recommended songs were from a band called Cayucas. You’ll never guess what happened next… (just kidding) it turns out that the band sneakily reformed as Cayucas, signed a record deal, rerecorded all their old material and released it along with some new songs on April 30th this year. Bigfoot is the name of the record and it sounds like beach music, with a nod to The Beach Boys and 60s Californian surf music. It is extremely good.
Recommended for fans of The Sea of Cortez, Opus Orange and Real Estate.
Interview with Set Sail
Set Sail are a band based out of Sydney who have an irrepressible upbeat sound to their music. The trio are known for their city busking shows and their combination of violin, guitar/uke and makeshift percussion at such performances. Set Sail are on the verge of releasing their debut mini-album on June 15th and have just premiered the lead single Charleston today. I had a quick chat with Josiah from the group.
Q1: I understand you’ve been busy gallivanting around Europe. What have you been doing over there?.
Josiah: Hey! We got back from Europe and the US last September actually, we had a mad time over there travelling around filming guerilla shows. Played in an old spy base, under the Eiffel Tower, on a plane, heaps of places. Super budget trip (we ate rice for a solid month haha) but great fun.
Q2: You are working on your debut album. Tell us a little about it.
Josiah: It ended up just being a mini-album, it’s got a much more developed and less radio-pop sound than the last one. We wanted to explore some more classic sounds and arrangements for some of the songs, definitely has some Beach Boys influences on some of the songs. The process has been hectic, we started demoing last December and have been working solid since then, we’re very excited to finally be releasing it!
Q3: Do you have any favourite songs on the new record?
Josiah: I quite like ‘Kids’
Q4: I’ve seen videos of you playing on the streets in Melbourne and Sydney and there seems like there’s a lot of positive energy at your shows. Do you prefer playing in venues or outdoors to unsuspecting crowds?
Josiah: That’s a tough question, the vibe is so different between them. I’d have to say I love doing both, it’s mad fun hanging out at the street shows but the energy of the shows at places like Oxford Art Factory or the HiFi in Melbourne is pretty incredible as well.
Q5: What 5 artists have you been listening to lately?
Josiah: Grimes, Balam Acab, Django Django, Broken Social Scene & Calvin Harris
Thanks again to Set Sail for the interview and keep an eye out for upcoming shows and their mini-album Hey! which will be released June 15th in Australia.