When twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin, from the band Cayucas, were writing new songs for their upcoming third album, “Real Life,” the overall theme that evolved was Los Angeles, what it was like to live and follow your dreams in the City of Angels.
“We’ve lived everywhere in Los Angeles, but when I go into Hollywood I have this weird feeling… like the old Hollywood,” said Zach, who is now based out of Santa Monica. “There's something special about it and I think that's initially what brought us to Los Angeles, was that feeling that I still have living here.”
Cayucas brings its “indie rock beachy California vibes” to Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Wednesday, Nov. 28. They are in town to promote their new album's single “Jessica WJ,” as well as the album scheduled to be released in 2019. That single also reflects another theme in their songs: relationships.
“It turned into a love album,” Zach said.
The brothers grew up in Davis, California playing sports in high school, but gravitated towards music at the end of the high school and into their college days at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “It was clear in college that music and art was a much better fit,” Zach said.
While Ben got into playing guitar, Zach preferred songwriting and singing.
“When it came down to it we just wanted to be in a band,” Zach said. “As we graduated college, we both kept writing music. We had these little projects, like little bands... then finally we put a song online and kind of garnered a lot of attention. Then blogs started writing about it, record labels were reaching out. At that point we signed a record and publishing deal. At that point, it was like 'Okay, we can try do to this full time.'”
The band's original name was Oregon Bike Trails, but the record label convinced them to change their name in 2012 to Cayucas, after a seaside town in San Luis Obispo.
Cayucas released its first album, “Bigfoot” in 2013, which was followed by “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” in 2015. In 2016, they started writing new songs for their third album which was recorded at the end of 2017 and early 2018.
Zach said the new album, produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse), reflects the band's growth since their sophomore album in songwriting and “modern approach to production.”
“You have to keep chipping away and slowly but surely things evolve,” Zach said.