Emerging from the underground with “a deceptively fierce heart, even as it smiles sweetly at the listener through the dust dancing in shafts of sunlight.” (Nemesis To Go Magazine, UK ), Cockatoo are an Edmonton (Canada) based band formed in 2005. They are most easily described as an unusual band dancing upon the shoulders of many alternative and post punk greats, such as Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Chameleons,The Cure, Bauhaus, Echo & The Bunnymen, and the Sugar Cubes.
2009: Cockatoo are featured in the Cherry Red Records UK book by British music journalist Mick Mercer entititled "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.
Robyn Bright’s warm, darkly-soaring voice manages to be both ethereal and fierce; this atmoshere is further enhanced by her London Burns twelve string guitar. Rod Wolfe provides a powerful force within the trio with his lyrical and pulsing bass. The drums and percussion ground the tautly lush edge of Cockatoo’s sound with strong, vibrant rhythym. Notable shows to date have included opening for The Romantics, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Raveonettes. “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 energy. -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.