The band is the brainchild of songwriter Zach Yudin. He took the band’s name from the tiny little seaside town of Cayucos in California’s San Luis Obispo County. But the name wasn’t always so Golden State. Before he dubbed the project Cayucas, it was known by the hipster-friendly (and no less geographical) name of Oregon Bike Trails. Yudin started to cull samples of some of his favorite 60s tunes, and tried to re-create the sounds he patched together with a live band. Joining him in that live band is his twin brother Ben, Banah Winn, Casey Wojtalewicz, and Christian Koons.
Earlier this spring, Cayucas released their debut full-length Bigfoot on Secretly Canadian. The band’s Austin date was just one stop on a tour that’ll last them pretty much the rest of the year, and take them all over the states and some spots in northern Europe. The tour ends in November right back in Austin for a slot at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. But you don’t have to wait that long for a taste of Cayucas live. We caught today’s song of the day live during Cayucas’s set in Studio 1A. The song, “High School Lover,” is a cool little number with a percolating bass line and slithery vocals care of Yudin. If his goal was to recreate some of his favorite pop sounds from the 60s, then he’s done his job right.