TUNE Cousin Kula - Jelly Love
Walking into the Kula household you’re met by bundles of bicycles in the hallway, friends’ artwork on the walls and instruments everywhere. In the garden a self-made pizza oven and an array of home grown vegetables demonstrate their ambition for self-sufficiency. This is a band with an energy not just about the way they make music, but about their day to day life, which translates to the stage with vigour, turning audiences into fans up and down the country.
The mood and themes of ‘Jelly Love’ began coming together at the end of last summer. “It developed very quickly, largely out of a single jam which is quite rare for us.” say the band. “It captures the energy of a particular moment in time more so than some of our other tunes that have gradually evolved, they often take several months to fully emerge. The groove and the lyrics came out together, almost immediately and in a positive way - Doug played some silky chords and Elliot just sang what felt right. Overall, the whole way this tune was written and the feel captured in it symbolises a really positive moment in time for us.”
All meeting as highly active members of Bristol’s progressive jazz music scene, Cousin Kula bonded over their shared love for an eclectic range of music from pop and psych through to prog, disco & afrobeat. The six members soon found themselves living together and with a rehearsal room in their basement became one of the tightest and most impressive bands on the Bristol circuit, blending these genres into something both modern and refreshing.
Following on from their debut EP OODLES (Chiverin, 2017) the band now return with the first in a run of new material and a short headline tour of the UK. The video for first single ‘Jelly Love’ follows the band on a year’s worth of touring and about their lives in Bristol also, serving as an introduction to them as people as well as musicians.
6th Dec - Bristol, The Louisiana
7th Dec - Manchester, Yes (Basement)
9th Dec - Leeds, Oporto
11th Dec - London, Old Blue Last
13th Dec - Brighton, The Hope and Ruin
4th-5th May - Liverpool Sound City