Charlotte band Cuzco signs with Refresh Records

 By Melissa Wylie

September 29, 2017

Charlotte math-rock outfit Cuzco has signed with local label Refresh Records and will release a debut LP next year.

“Two years ago, we never even thought of signing to anything. We were just four dudes that liked twinkly math rock, so this is kind of surreal,” Cuzco guitarist William Schoonmaker said. “But we are more than thankful.”

Refresh is also planning to release a split 7” with Cuzco and Charleston band Catholics. Refresh founder Josh Higgins said Cuzco’s music “invigorates” him and it was an easy decision to add the band to the label’s lineup. Cuzco joins other local acts including Junior Astronomers, Ancient Cities, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Charlotte band Cuzco photo by Jake Roberts

“The first time I heard “Those Are Z’s” I was immediately hooked on Cuzco’s music and felt like they filled a music void,” Higgins said. “I’ve been watching them over the last 2 years and it’s been impressive watching how they work as a band, their passion on stage, their attention to detail, and just how much they obviously love the music they are writing.”

Schoonmaker said the band is looking forward to writing fresh material and taking new songs on the road. Cuzco is heading out on tour from Oct. 5 through Oct. 13. They’ll be stopping in Chicago, Champaign, IL, and St. Louis, MO, among other cities.

“We think this partnership is going to do nothing but great things for both sides – getting us out to new places, touring more extensively, cutting more records than what is already planned,” Schoonmaker said.

Cuzco’s next Charlotte performance is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Snug Harbor, where the band will also release a music video. Check out the rest of Cuzco’s upcoming tour dates:

October 5: Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, NC

October 6: Snug Harbor in Charlotte, NC

October 7: The Odditorium in Asheville, NC

October 8: The East Room in Nashville, TN

October 9: Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center in Champaign, IL

October 10: Kismet Creative Center in St. Louis, MO

October 11: Subterranean in Chicago, IL

October 12: Middle Earth in Columbus, OH

October 13: Monstercade in Winston Salem, NC

Check out more from Cuzco and Refresh Records.

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