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An Interview with The Cush

Husband and wife band, The Cush, sat down with us to answer some questions about their new single 'Chariots of Smog' as well as all things music and how they got to be where they are now.

How did you get your start in music?

Burette: I started playing guitar in high school, and later started writing songs. I met Gabby in '92 and we've been playing together ever since.

Gabby: I started playing piano when I was a kid. But, I didn't take lessons. We had a piano and music books around at home. I enjoyed playing and then started making up melodies I heard in my mind.

Fast forward to when I was 19 years old. I picked up the bass and loved it. I decided to buy one and have been playing ever since! Songwriting started happening more for me around the age of 21.

Tell us the story behind your new song?

Burette: Our new single "Chariots of Smog" is a song about growing older on a doomed planet. It's about how we have been warned about conserving and global warming since we were young, but no one cared.

So here we are in 2021, staring into the future, wondering what it will bring. you gotta rock while you still can.

Gabby: Burette wrote this one. I loved working on it with him! It's fun to sing on this song because during the verses I get to sing in a lower register than I normally do.

Then in the chorus, I switch to a higher octave. It's easy for me to connect to the vibe and lyrics of this song, and l really love the groove that happens mid song too!

What’s your favorite part about making music?

Burette: That's a tough one. I love the joy of playing live with the band. I also really love recording and making it all come together. It can be pretty thrilling.

Gabby: I agree with Burette. It is hard to choose and I'm grateful for the opportunity to create it. But, I think what brings it all back to a full circle for me,

is when someone tells you how much they appreciate your music, or which song helped them through a difficult time, or a certain show they saw that blew their mind.

Then I get to live the experience of our music through them, and that makes the connection with people so special, and all the hard work so very worth it.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?

Burette: Sleep as late as my dog will let me. Go out for breakfast at Benito's. Maybe go see a day show and dig through the stacks at Doc's records.

Gabby: Some Zen time on my yoga mat, brunch at Benito's, digging for records with Burette. Picking around on my guitar or playing the drums. Taking a nice walk out in nature with Burette and our dog.

What artists influence your sound?

Burette: Neil Young, Sonic Youth, the Jayhawks

Gabby: PJ Harvey, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd

What is one album that changed your life?

Burette: "Time (the revolater)" by Gillian Welch

Gabby: "Axis: Bold as Love" by Jimi Hendrix

What’s up next for you?

Burette: Get out there and play some live shows. Anywhere and everywhere

Gabby: Ditto what Burette said. We're ready to play our new album for audiences, and have new adventures along the way!

Stream The Cush HERE

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