C.O.C.O is Chris and Olivia, City of Olympia. I didn’t find this out, or anything else about the band, until after listening to their second record The C.O.C.O. Sound last night on vinyl. When we spun this record I had no clue how funky it was going to be and I’m incredibly happy I took it home. Chris Sutton originally played bass for Dub Narcotic Sound System and began collaborating with Olivia Ness to create a sound that is influenced by the likes of Sly and the Family Stone and other funk bands from way back. Ness took the reigns on bass, teaching herself the instrument only a year before C.O.C.O. began, while Sutton worked his magic on drums.
Creating a minimalistic funk band is not the easiest thing in the world but these two seriously groove. Ness’s voice is soulful but simple and the duo make noise that is impossible to not dance to. Really. I’m not much of a dancer but when genuinely funky bass lines are going down I really can’t stop… and honestly this album is awesome to groove along with. My favorite song of them all was Blackout! but my other favorites were the laundry-inspired (I’m guessing here…) Rinse & Spin and Supercool (my favorite lyrically).
So if you like dance music, or funk music, or just any upbeat and catchy songs, I’d 100% recommend this album (and band in general). Check it out kids. And go eat some pizza or something.