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Kukuspit alternative-rock'n'roll / Bratislava

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Kapela funguje od roku 1996 v Bratislave. Často označovaná ako "legenda bratislavského undergroundu". Zostava: gita+basa+bicie. Bubeník Christian je pôvodne z USA ale už 11 rokov žije v Bratislave. Kukuspit spieva po anglicky.

Bio a historie

KUKUSPIT? Sounds like a made-up word, right? And not a good one at that… Well, in Webster's soft-cover and much-used dictionary, “cuckoospit” is that white foamy stuff one finds on a tree's leaves in the spring. Where does it come from? Not cuckoos. Horticulturists and botanists and all form of ologists the world over seem to agree that cuckoospit is produced by insects that eat leaves and then spit out what they don't digest. Not exactly what one would name a band. I suppose. But they did just that… Young Slovaks Martin Andras (bass) and Branislav Pacak (guitar) were childhood friends who formed prepubescent teenage sensations The Beatboys with two other friends before they had even entered high school. As they got older, their voices cracked and their musical influences broadened to include not only The Beatles, but also Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, and Primus. On the other side of the world, and ten years earlier, Christian Weber (drums) was gigging his little heart out with all shapes and sizes of bands from Seattle to Chicago, with a small stop in Madison, Wisconsin. Frustrated with the Seattle grunge scene, he quit music and moved to Europe, never thinking he's touch a drum kit again. In the summer of 1995, Christian found himself teaching English at a Slovak high school. One of the students at the school was a certain Mr. Martin Andras. After jamming with The Beatboys at Martin's graduation party, Christian knew he had to play again, and only with these two guys. Kukuspit formed in a back room of the Bratislava YMCA building in December 1995. Distinctly offbeat, the band incorporated the sounds they loved, with Christian bringing in influences from Soul Coughing and Radiohead to grunge and early-80's new wave like Duran Duran and The Smiths. With tongues firmly planted in cheeks, the band set out creating songs that included bizarre time changes, with funky fat bass lines melting into hyperactive, pogoing guitar riffs. It was a strange combination indeed, which usually resulted in audiences not knowing whether to applaud or try to count the time changes. Their first show was in the spring of 1996, at a small festival that had been rained out and moved indoors to a small cultural hall in a Bratislava suburb. That March, after three months together, they went to Relax Studio in the Slovak capital and recorded 12 songs live in about two hours. Their first so-called single, Moment of Rest, was played shortly afterwards on the Demo Extaza program of influential alternative Slovak radio station Radio Ragtime. Great success and critical acclaim were not to follow, mainly because the band chose to sing in English. Well, and also because of their non-traditional style of music. But the band refused to compromise or go commercial. More recording followed at Relax Studio in the spring of 1997. In songs like Shake Your Head and Lick a heavier, more mainstream alternative sound emerged. Shake Your Head made it into the top ten on Demo Extaza. Then the band went to America in the summer of 1997 for six weeks. Sounds like a big step, but the band only did one show in a sports bar outside of Seattle. Still, the experience was valuable. Upon return, Kukuspit played a few outdoor festivals and prepared new material for a spring 1998 recording. The band had been honing their sound and new material by playing almost every weekend at legendary Bratislava bar Danglar with another up-and-coming band, Le Payaco. In April 1998, the band went to the Slovak town of Ziar nad Hronom to record three songs with Le Payaco singer Tomas Sloboda in tow as engineer/producer. The demo tracks saw the band find a lighter side with songs like Spring and Mr. Tambourine Man (NOT the Byrds/Bob Dylan classic). The band used vocal harmonies and softer, poppier musical arrangements to create a more haunting aspect to their music, without losing their underground bite. More shows followed, and then the band took a break from playing together in the summer of 2000 to concentrate on other projects. Brano studied in France for a year and then played as touring guitarist for Le Payaco; Martin managed Payaco and did technical work on a few Hollywood films; Christian wrote lyrics for Slovak recording artists and played with his dog. In the spring of 2002, Kukuspit went back into a practice room and started hammering out new songs, quickly piling up an album or two of material. In October 2003, the band debuted their new material at Music Net Club to good response. They had printed up a few copies of a compilation of older recorded material called “Elephant Shoes,” which quickly sold out at the October show. It was a record of the period from 1995 to 1999, and not a sign that the band was closing a chapter of their musical experiences together. It was a way of saying, “This is where we were, but where we were is very important to where and who we are now.” In 2004, Christian went back to the US for half a year, not knowing if or when he would return. But January 2005 found him back in Bratislava and ready to record with the band. Kukuspit spent time in the studio in February and April 2005, recording 5 new tracks, which were produced by Tomas Sloboda from Le Payaco. It was their first professionally recorded material since 1999. Four of the new tracks were put together with some of the band’s earlier-recorded songs and released by the band as a CD sold only at their shows. And suddenly it’s 2006! The band’s 10-year anniversary concert is just around the corner, so stay tuned…