Cuckoo Chaos is coming to an end. The eclectic indie-rock group, who started in 2006, will play their last show on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Soda Bar.
There's a twist, however—the band's five members are launching a brand-new project together in 2014. They aren't yet ready to reveal the name of the new band, but there are plans to release an album next year that's been in the works for more than two years.
In an interview at Influx Café in Golden Hill, bass player Garrett Prange explains that in the process of recording the album, Cuckoo Chaos more or less evolved into an entirely different band.
"I think we all wanted to do something more expansive, dark and artistic," he says. The new band is "representative of all of us—what we're collectively into."
Originally started as a home-recorded project by frontman Scott Wheeler, Cuckoo Chaos took shape with its current lineup in 2010. In 2011, they released their first EP, Woman , which had a strong tropicália and Afrobeat influence. Yet guitarist and keyboardist Jackson Milgaten says that it took a while for the group to determine what direction they wanted to take their music, which led to added stress on the band.
"We were figuring out what kind of band we wanted to be," he says. "Now, we know how we work, and we have a game plan for how we move forward."
Some of the songs the band's been playing live in the past year will be on the new group's debut album, though they won't be playing any Cuckoo Chaos material going forward. In January, they'll announce the details of the new project, but Milgaten says they want to make sure the time is right before they drop the news.
"It's kind of like how you don't want to tell anyone that you're pregnant right away," Milgaten says. "You want to make sure that it's alive and well and growing."