Cayucas, an indie pop band with a laid back California surf sound, came all the way from Santa Monica to play New York's best kept secret and ideal summer venue: The Surf Lodge in Montauk.
An attractive young Hamptons crowd made their way to this East End hot spot to start their endless summer and catch Cayucas play. The Surf Lodge is a converted house turned into a hip and bustling hotel / restaurant / lounge / bar. Right on Montauk's Fort Pond, concert goers and partiers got to watch the band play with the sunset in the backdrop, only enhancing the overall awesome vibe.
Covergirl was hosting a party at The Surf Lodge before and after Cayucas set. This included two guest DJ's, DJ Kiss and Samantha Ronson. Those who came to the Covergirl party were in for a treat!
DJ Kiss got the party started with an 80's influenced set that had everyone sweating out on the dance floor, popping bottles of Rozay, and slugging back beers as they busted out some moves. With the crowd already amped, Cayucas then hit the small stage.
Opening with their latest single, "East Coast Girl", they instantly caught the crowd's attention. An "ode" to the East Coast was a great way to get in these New Yorker's good graces, as if they weren't already.
The California band then played "Cayucos", a song dedicated their beachy hometown in San Luis Obispo County. Singer Zach Yudin crooned the lyrics, "Come on big fat wave, come crashin' through, back behind the rocks, back on from the dunes". This is when everyone started clapping their hands and feeling the music.
"Will 'The Thrill'", had everyone swaying their hips to this ambient song. Zach brought out his maracas for this one. The song complimented the Surf Lodge's breezy atmosphere.
Clearly influenced by the Beach Boys, Cayucas performed their song "Bigfoot", the title track from their current album. The song starts off with a piano intro sounding similar to the Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Dreamier than the original surf pop group, Cayucas definitely knows how to get everyone up on their feet to dance away to the beat.
"High School Lover", their first official single from Bigfoot, which has been getting a lot of play across several radio stations, put everyone in a good mood. Many were enjoying themselves and singing along.
Cayucas closed their nine song set with "Swimsuit", which sounded straight out of the 2000 film, Psycho Beach Party. Zach told everyone that if they didn't get to do body shots, now was the time! That got the Hamptons party crowd going crazy.
The Surf Lodge, if I may reiterate, was the perfect venue for Cayucas sound. The sunset in the background, the ocean air, people lounging on couches in the sand, and the guys delicious surf pop, all added up to a fun night, one can only dream to relive.
And with that, I will say that this California band won over the ears of many.
Cayucas Setlist @ The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY - July 6th, 2013:
1. East Coast Girl
3. Will "The Thrill"
4. A Summer Thing
8. High School Lover
If you have yet to see Cayucas, check them out on tour now!
All photos taken by Devin Eklund