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Nottingham quartet Cucamaras are back with their new single, ‘Safe Bet’, that once again shows their ability to write guitar led post-punk tracks that give them an edge over their indie rock peers. Vocalist Josh Hart had this to say about the song;

“’Safe Bet’ was written whilst I was in university. It was one of the first times I’d written about direct experiences, not my own, but what I was observing at the time. ‘Safe Bet’ was me, sat hungover in my grim uni room, deeping how it’s actually really sad and mentally draining to navigate complex relationships at uni, but I do tap into the whit of it all at times too.
The lyrics themselves were written about a year before they were paired with music. I wrote the guitar riff during one of the numerous lockdowns of 2020 and originally had it penned for a darker, slower track, but when we took it to the practice room it found a new lease of life, Joe’s drums sound like they could be taken from Parquet Courts’ debut or a Cure record, whilst the vocals from myself and ad-libs from Dan feel very Jamie T.”

We caught up with the band to talk about their origins and what the future holds.



Nottingham, UK

Fontaines DC / Do Nothing / Shame



DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Cucamaras before?
Cucamaras: The stuff we’re writing at the moment feels like a a bridge between indie rock and post-punk.

DP!: How did the band form?
Cucamaras: Josh and Olly started writing together in their 1st year of university, slightly over due but they got there eventually. Then they asked me to get involved not long after and we snapped up Dan 18 months ago or so ago.

DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Cucamaras: Hopefully plenty of gigs and plenty of releases. Our Bodega show in October is a big focus right now and we can’t wait to get back round the country playing shows. We’ve got loads of songs in the pipeline that we’re looking to get recorded so watch this space.

DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Cucamaras: Josh and I have rediscovered this French band called MNNQNS whose new EP is brilliant. Like a brilliant mixture of post punk, psychedelic and some electronic inspiration. They fuck about with different time signatures which instantly makes them Frances answer to Radiohead.

DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Cucamaras: Fontaines DC have been a big inspiration for us over the past year or so and are a big reason we’re writing the stuff we’re doing right now. They took post punky stuff to Radio 1 too.
Do Nothing have made waves recently as well and they’re a group we all massively admire. We obviously want to make our own strides in the genre but they’re a great band to take inspiration from.

DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Cucamaras: Thankfully there’s a few to choose from. Playing Rescue Rooms with good pals Sheafs was a highlight, that was a venue we’d spent many a night at ourselves so getting to play felt like a triumph. As well as playing a packed out Rough Trade for one of Dans first gigs with us too, the crowd were really on our side. Having Steve Lamacq play ‘Safe Bet’ last week was great too, hopefully it isn’t the last time.

DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Cucamaras: Is Wembley Arena too much to ask for? But seriously, we’re ambitious fellas so we’d love a Rock City slot or two. We want to be in the midst of a busy festival season as well. We’ve missed out on YNot twice now thanks to old COVID so next year we’re hoping will be our year. We’ve got plenty of tracks that will hopefully be in your ears by then too.

Cucamaras‘s new single, ‘Safe Bet’, is out now.

You can download the single online on iTunes (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.