“And Now- we come to a track that’s EIGHT MINUTES long. ALWAYS a dilemma because we could probably fit three short snappy guitar tunes into the same time slot. But- I hope you’ll agree that in the case of White Picket Fence, by Alberta combo Cockatoo, it’s worth playing every single second.”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio.
Cockatoo are a band founded by post-punk songstress Robyn Bright in 2005, and soon after joined by local punk/alternative bass legend Rod Wolfe, in Edmonton, Canada. Their mutual love of bands such as Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, The Clash and The Cure as well as their desire to make new sounds not based on the past makes for an intriguingly undefinable yet easily identifiable band. No one sounds like cockatoo, and that's the way they like it. Viva La Underground!
They have been in regular rotation on international college and alternative radio stations, received critical acclaim from the BBC and Mick Mercer in the UK.
“Otto’s Song” is featured as track number 3 on the German “Smoke and Spotlight Compilation" CD.
Cockatoo are emerging from the underground with “a deceptively fierce heart, even as it smiles sweetly at the listener through the dust dancing in shafts of sunlight”. (Nemesis To Go, UK )
Notable shows to date have included opening for The Romantics, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Raveonettes.