OEB’s 5 SXSW Qs – Cayucas
Hometown: San Luis Obisbo, CA
OEB 2013 SXSW Review
Zach Yudin, aka Cayucas, took a few minutes this week to share with OEB the latest for this exciting new prospect. Yudin talked about some SXSW plans and his upcoming full-length record due this April amongst some insight into his catchy sound.
I’ve been listening to music from SXSW artists for the past two months straight and “Cayucos” has to be at the top of my ‘most played’ list. What is it about this track that delivers such a catchy first impression?
Thank you, it’s a very fast song, I think around 160 bpm that kicks in hot. That coupled with a very simple chord progression I think is a good basis for catchy song.
Your songs sound completely current, but still have strong draws to pop music of the 60s. How do you balance both sides of this equation?
I like to get inspiration through music from the 60’s - guitar ideas, vocal harmonies etc… But, if it sounds too similar than it doesn’t feel fresh to me and I don’t like that. So it’s a pretty fine line that I just kind of gauge as I write songs.
What’s on plate for 2013 for Cayucas? Is there a full-length in the works?
The first single High School Lover should be released around the end of this month. The full length is expected to come out in April last I checked.
This year we will be touring quite a bit. We’re opening for Ra Ra Riot this February on the west coast, playing SXSW, and actually going to Europe after that.
Do you have any shows lined up for SXSW yet? Is there anything you are looking to accomplish beyond a normal string of shows?
We have a couple shows planned though they’re not official yet I don’t know if I should say… I think we’re just hoping to have a lot of fun really -playing & hanging out.
Have you been able to check out the SXSW artist list yet? Anyone you are excited to catch yourself?
Somebody told me Third Eye Blind was playing… if that’s true I’ll be there! Tory y Moi is someone I’d like to see as well.