Released this Friday via Ditto Music, ‘Keep It Cool’ is the first of two ice-cold, lo-fi cuts set to materialise through the haze of summer 2020. A song that finds the Cucamaras refusing to break a sweat amid a summer like no other, ‘Keep it Cool’ is laid-back of vibe and languorous of delivery; a fuzzed-up cocktail of surfing guitar riffs, laconic vocals and heatwave-hot solos that all add-up to track knowingly true to its title.
A tale as old as time, with a twist, ‘Keep it Cool’ finds the Cucamaras hung up on a girl, trapped in a love triangle and out-muscled by another guy - and his considerable A.C. unit. Written by the band’s Olly Bowley, he says: “It’s about liking a girl who has a boring boyfriend with a very well air-conditioned room...”. Taking the mic for a track packed with razor quips and dead-pan delivery, Bowley sings calculated words of caution: “Are you really considering? It wouldn’t be sensible, you’re only dispensable, to him”; in the slim hope of getting one over his refrigerated rival.
Familiar to many as staples of a Cucamaras live set, the tracks are already some way to becoming fan favourites and will rightly appear together on an upcoming AA side studio release. “The two tracks are always played back to back live just like they are on the studio version” Josh of Cucamaras says, “capturing our live sound in the recording was really important to us.”
Taking their name from a shot bar in Nottingham, it’s perhaps fitting that this four piece earned a reputation of their own for serving up intoxicating alt-rock slammers. Inspired by the angular guitar work of Parquet Courts and The Strokes, while infusing the contemporary lyrical witticisms of Willie J Healey or Sports Team, Cucamaras stake their place as one of the Midlands’ most insurgent new talents.