Dancing upon the shoulders of many alternative and post punk greats, (Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Chameleons,The Cure, Bauhaus, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sugar Cubes) Cockatoo are an Edmonton band formed in 2006.
Notable shows to date have included opening for The Romantics, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Raveonettes.
They were featured on BBC Radio 6 and are a featured band in the Cherry Red UK Records book "Music To Die For"
“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, February 23, 2008.
“Here is a band
which encapsulates everything cool about the postpunk
frisson returning among us, where three
people shoehorn their own individual traits into a
sound that is richly melodic and yet powered by
-Mick Mercer, UK Music Journalist
“I can honestly say I’m unaware of any other band in Alberta that sounds like Cockatoo. It’s a swirly, slightly psychedelic sound full of chiming guitars, echoing drums, slinky, sinister bass that sounds like it crawled off an early Cure record, and of course, Robyn Bright’s sad gorgeous vocals.
Fans of Bauhaus, the Birthday Party, or any true-school goth lover will be glad to know that Cockatoo is keeping the dark flame alive.”
Matthew Halliday, Music Writer,
SEE MAGAZINE. March 20,2008.