Cockatoo

by Cowboys in Cardigans

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'Cockatoo' is 31 minutes long.

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Cowboys in Cardigans explode to life with a monster sized, pop nugget that channels 1994 called, 'Cockatoo'. It's a tongue in cheek kind of album that has a wicked sense of humour bouncing alongside a rock riffing, sunny soundtrack.

One catchy album, every song is different from the next and the flavour gets sweeter the deeper you explore - the effect is heightened upon multiple listens.

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released May 3, 2014

Jamie Reaume - vocals, guitars, acoustic guitars, ukulele
Jordan Tough - drums, percussion
Devon Pastorius - guitars
Taylor Horne - bass

Produced by Marty Bak & Cowboys in Cardigans
All songs written, arranged & performed by Cowboys in Cardigans
All lyrics by Jamie Reaume

Recorded, engineered, mixed & mastered by Marty Bak
SLR Studio, Windsor Ontario
October 2013-March 2014

Cowboys in Cardigans Music © & ℗ 2016


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“Cowboys in Cardigans is a four-piece band who recently released a full-length album entitled Cockatoo. I listen to a lot of music and I am a certified audiophile who embraces the sonic bliss of a well-produced album. Cockatoo certainly falls into that category thanks to SLR Studios. The album is pure ear candy from an aesthetic perspective, the songs sound huge. Cowboys in Cardigans can also write a pretty good tune. The most unexpected thing about the album is that it’s a “grower”. First listen I thought it was solid, it wasn’t until about the third spin where the groove of the music started to mend itself with my brain and things started to align. If this doesn’t hit you upon the first spin then do yourself a favor and take another listen. It was a treat to sink my teeth into Cockatoo. The opener “Cheeky” rocks out while “Tarantula” seamlessly marries rock and funk. I also thoroughly enjoyed the closer “Fingertips” which displays the band experimenting with dissonance and chaos.”
- Matt Jensen, The Equal Ground (Dec 10, 2014)

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→ Cowboys in Cardigans is a shiny, rock juggernaut - invading your ears and making your body dance! The four albums; ‘Cockatoo’ - ‘Platypus’ - 'Mammoth' - 'Giraffe' - channel the 90's with caffeine-infused rock riffs, wildly tongue-in-cheek lyrics, an impressive audiophile grade listening experience. ... more

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Track Name: Cheeky
it’s like a timebomb ticking in a wicked thought
every hour of every day
put that suit on
brush your hair
shake the shit off
make sure you don’t forget your place
you can wax on or wax it off like a business man
never nude and ultra fake
spend that phat money on the things designed to get you off
so why are you still loaded
at the end of the day

the man who washes my hair
just bought a gimpy chihuahua
only has three legs
wears diamond studded tiaras
cheeky
so cheeky

a slave to fashion forget everything that you ever thought
sitting there for hours a day
turn that phone on
check your shit
turn the screen off
and make sure you don’t forget your place
you see the hipster cackle at the business man
completely nude and ultra baked
spend that phat money on the things designed to get you off
and still you’re orange and bloated
at the end of the day
Track Name: Out Of The Movies
it all started in the blink of an eye
the soft slaughter
and the wrong number
and the near future trapped under water

evacuate Japan and California

it all started in the blink of an eye
the propaganda
and eat what you’re force fed
and the lost space of all things sacred

evacuate Japan and California

you dig the hole
to create me
hate me
you dig the hole just to break me
Track Name: Static
it comes heavy on those night drives
up and down the winding hillsides
sweet music fading in and out
speakers crisp and true
the waves crash into you

who knew the spaceman’s suit was so
lost in the static on the radio
science fiction
rock n roll

under stars of a northern sky
cool deep purple moonlight
makes the headlights kind of mesmerize
as you drift off with the tune
the waves crash into you

who knew the spaceman’s suit was so
lost in the static on the radio
science fiction
rock ‘n roll
who do you sing it for
Track Name: Straight Out
he walked out of the door
his feet hit the ground
gonna settle the score
with his favourite black hoodie on
that felt more like a cop’s uniform
he went over the plans
again and again and again and again
he counted the fingers on his hands
and started to shout

straight out
I’m leaving

he walked on down the street
hands in his jeans
yellow shoes on his feet
with a catchy old melody
resonating somewhere behind his teeth
he went over the plans
again and again and again and again
he counted the fingers on his hands
and started to shout
Track Name: Bareback
when I stepped in the room
there was Star Wars on your mother’s tube and my
next thought
as your panties were tossed
was how hard this was gonna throb
and I cannot deny
I wanna dig my heels in and get you high
up the stripper’s pole
ball gag in a bowl
and half a pack
yeah a half pack of smokes

then we’re going to the rodeo
funky cowboy styles
I give you pleasure with my best rope
now tie a knot

yeah you have that kinky grin on your face
half part demon half part angel and my
next thought
since your panties are lost or maybe misplaced
it’s time to get you off
and I cannot deny
when you wear those heels it gets me high
the stripper’s pole
the ball gag in a bowl
and half a pack
yeah a half pack of smokes
Track Name: Tarantula
sweet fever
a dull meat cleaver
two spider bites on my wrist and my finger
had a half seizure ambulance
ride through a forest of chemical madness
I fell on my face due to my persistence
to escape from a permanent past tense
all this trouble
from a motherfuckin’ tarantula

the side effects of the antidote
left me feelin’ like a big black kaleidoscope
eight legged
eight eyed
eight million miles wide
swirlin’ inside my psychedelic mind

eight freaks and
eight leaks
make the sauces with heat
yeah and danger danger danger
so many ways to die

all this trouble
from a motherfuckin’ tarantula
I gotta find the girl that I love
in white rubber gloves
and the overflowin’ cups
at the back of the bus
Track Name: Sloppy Drunk
under that sweet Virginia sun
good lookin’ sunburnt and numb
oh my what have I done 9 shots of Jamaican rum
yeah my head’s been set on fire
I think I see next to me a pretty peach
sun tanning all alone

baby can I see you later or maybe someday soon
but that girl was an alligator
she bit my happy heart in two

so I head back to the bar singing yeah yeah yeah
gimme a shot of whatever you got
I’m young…well hung and ready to rock

that sweet Virginia sun
good lookin’ banged up and numb
oh my what have I done 10 shots of Jamaican rum
yeah my heart’s been set on fire
I think I see next to me a beauty queen
covered in candy and vasoline oh

so baby can I see you later or maybe someday soon
but that girl’s the next Darth Vader
she ripped my happy heart in two

so I head back to the bar singing yeah yeah yeah
gimme a shot of whatever you got
I’m young…well hung and ready to rock

that sweet Virginia sun
banged up and looking for anyone
then oh my here she comes
yolo

so baby can I see you later or maybe someday soon
you and me could be together
drinking all day by the pool
Track Name: Let's Get Off
yeah this other time
I gotta tell you ‘bout the guy
who didn’t have a drummer
didn’t need a band
tore off his clothes
threw them at the man
started out singing ‘bout Motown
while we got stoned…yeah we got stoned

boogie down…jammin’ loud
when you hear that sound
you turn around and
doin’ shots of mystery milk
are gonna blow your funky mind out
break dancin’ out all night at the disco
I’m feeling San Francisco
let’s get off

sweet sweet
doo wop
yeah yeah

and the very next night
like he was working overtime
the guy was back in the danger zone
with two pierced nipples and a microphone
and he started out singing ‘bout Motown
while we got stoned…yeah we got stoned

yeah he had the sound
that makes your hips shake and dip around
the uptight crowd gets broken down
yeah just let your inner the freak out
break dancin’ out all night at the disco
I’m feeling San Francisco
let’s get off
Track Name: Fingertips
I fell deep into
time after time
a lonely sedated circus
colours coming out
night after night
that wretched shade of blue
wash your hands in blues
hold them close to you
don’t let go

I saw her walking through a room of lights
candles in a perfect circle
she pulled me out of this eternal night
wave goodbye to the moon
I let her fingertips paint my mind
a soothing shade of blue
paint me with your blues
let it flow from you
don’t explode

the mind is buzzing loud without a rhyme
lit up while I short circuit
even if I could live in the quiet
the first steps into
a place far away and new
painted with your blues
take me there with you
don’t let go

I saw her walking through a room of lights
candles in a perfect circle
she pulled me out of this eternal night
wave goodbye to the moon
a place far away and new
painted with your blues
let them flow from you
don’t explode