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The cuza - 'a life full of colour'


Meet The Cuza, a band where fate seemed to have a hand in their formation, as their search for a singer and frontman ended serendipitously with Tudor Tudot's apparent encounter, sparking a cosmic connection that birthed The Cuza.

Tudor Todut, who hails from Transylvania but considers himself a 'Mancunian,' along with talented members Wayne Edwards (guitarist and songwriter), James Adams (guitarist and keyboard , Shaun Taylor (bassist), and Ryan Ormerod (drummer) released their stunning debut album "A Life Full Of Colour." on 6th July.

Produced by Adrian Bushby (known for working with Foo Fighters and Muse), there are subtle and not so subtle deference to those influences, but there is more to this album than the more modern associations.

From the opening track ‘Leeches’ with it’s almost psychotic laughing introduction, bursting into a wonderful staccato like rhythm and a melody line that heralds an 80’s pop rock vibe.

The edgy raw qualities continue to draw you in with ‘The Girl On The Radio’ and then brings up the ebb and flow of ‘Fused’ with it’s snapping snare drum and light pulsing chorus.

‘Shadows’ delivers an up tempo shift with its killer chorus and, I feel, a nod to the ‘phonics’. Slipping in to the gentle but thought provoking ‘Caught In The middle’. A deft four count on the hi-hat leads in to the rocker ‘Technicolor People’ with ‘all kinds of wonderful’. Previous single ‘Bones’ glides in with it’s indie flavoured tones and it’s back to a pacey harder ‘Connexions’.

A quirky beat that keeps you guessing and your head nodding heralds up the apt ‘Insensible’ before a blitzy punk rock ‘Nothin’ drags you into the whirling pit before leaving you gliding into the hook laden ‘Stick Around’.

The emotional title track ‘A Life In Colour’ eases you out of an eclectic wonderland sonic experience that twists and turns with each track. As you ponder where a familiar melody sparks that memory, and then feel it jerked away as you hurtle in to the next song.

There’s a real fervour and energy in this album that is exceptional at melding each uniquely vibrant song into a form that is cohesive whilst disparate at the same time.

We can compare and contrast as much as we want and consider who or what it might be reminiscent of….but that’s not the point! Do I like it’s nods to early Bowie, Manics or Muse….whether intentional or subliminal….? Damn right I do.

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