The Cuacuas first started back in the mid-1990's in Kinahmi, Finland. Their shared love for The Meters, the New Orleans funk legends, and also the organ instrumentals of Booker T. have been fueling the bands motor from the very beginning. The CuaCuas did a handful of shows back then, had some great time… and split to their own ways, putting the band on a hiatus for almost 30 years.
Until came the spring of 2022, and Mike CuaCua called the band together again to do a special gig for his Bass Studies Exam. All four original members were found from around the country, and the band finally got together again for the first time in decades. The gig, being a success, and accomplishing the Mission for Mikes Bass Degree (yay!), got the fire started again.
So, this time they decided to try and leave some kind of a document behind.. and headed for the studio. In May -22 TheCuaCuas recorded a few songs by The Meters (naturally) at Kotkankallio Studios with Petteri Pyyny. The recordings were done all live, the band playing in the same room, and took maybe 10 hours total on a window of two days.
Teyo CuaCua thenadded some vocals to the mix at his studio (T-Sonics in Nurmes) and mixed & mastered 5 of the songs to an EP. The name "General Meters" quickly came up (probably during the rehearsal/sauna party sessions at General Manager Jukka Väänänen's Kehvo residence) and seemed to fit the bill perfectly. There were talks of doing a whole album of cover songs at once, but the band settled to a shorter EP, just to give a little homage to their roots. With the old covers now out-of-the-way, who knows if there will even be an album of The CuaCuas' own material some day?
GENERAL METERS EP
The original plan was to publish "General Meters EP" as a C-cassette release only. Well. Everything went smoothly to the point of final master, but that's when strange problems began to arise. As the cassette duplication at the studio was ready to start, the Tascam tape deck started emitting strange noises. At first they were like little eerie squeaks, which gradually got louder and creepier, ending up to a demon-like, very loud, constant scream. The tape deck had been possessed. Screaming even louder It started destroying tapes, its mechanics went berzerk.. until it finally came to a total halt. Since there was no replacement deck available, the duplicating process stopped before it began, resulting in ONE almost-ok cassette copy of the EP.
The cover & label printing went south pretty quickly, too. There was numerous attempts to produce a simple cassette copy with professional printed J-card and labels, none of them succeeded. All individual sectors related to cassette release went so unimaginably horrifyingly wrong, that the studio crew could only come up with one possible conclusion: A strong, maybe Louisianian voodoo-related spiritual and energetic attack, possibly from the original copyright owners.
After the dust settled, Tascam stopped screaming and the piles of misaligned cover/label prints were all thrown to trash, the band and their spiritual mentors agreed not to attempt making any (at least physical) release of The Meters' material before the curse had been reversed. However, since the material had been already mastered to cassette, we tried to push our luck and release a virtual version of the tape. It is now available for listening, but on this website only, and maybe a limited time; all by the grace of the earlier mentioned New Orleans spirits.
So, take a listen if you dare, but be warned: play the tape at your own risk!