Since forming at the dawn of 2012, San Francisco’s Coo Coo Birds have taken the proverbial bull by the horns, attacking the writing and recording process while leaving little time for (non-rock & roll-related) distractions. The trio – comprised of Jonny Cat (mysterious SoCal-born and raised singer, guitarist, and sometimes drummer), Charles James Gonzalez (elder statesman, production guru, bassist, and singer who hails from Texas), and Ryan Zweng (singer, drummer, and sometimes guitarist who fuels the band’s fire with an infectious creative zeal) – released their debut full-length Don’t Bring Your Boyfriends in July, but despite that record being full of danceable psychedelic garage rock, they chose not to tour, instead returning to the studio to record not one, but two more albums.
Holing up at San Francisco’s Radical House Recording Studio – which Gonzalez operates, working with the likes of The Blank Tapes and Brand New Trash – the band continued to craft their “frenzy-inciting” sound. With a multitude of tools available in the studio (including a handful of 1964 Fender Princeton Reverbs that they’re all particularly fond of), each member contributes distinctive elements to the mix. Cat brings a little bit of old school 50s rock & roll, Gonzalez is a man of the 70s and the likes of Cheap Trick and Bowie, and Zweng injects a dose of Kinks-influenced rock. Gonzalez then turns producer and meshes these moving parts into a beautiful cacophony of engrossing psychedelic rock.