Cuca Shop

Cuca Shop

 South Brisbane, Queensland, AUS

Hot sweaty days, you & your friends in a hidden deserted shack. Icy glasses, flushed faces, dirty shoes on a dusty dancefloor, a mix of old school glamour & retro stylings. The music keeps you going from dusk through till dawn, taking you from chilled grooves to dancing beats - this is Cuca Shop.


Think of the hottest, sweatiest day, you and all of your friends in a hidden deserted shack. Icy miss-matched glasses of the coldest drinks, shining flushed faces, dirty shoes on a dusty dancefloor, mixed with old school glamour and retro stylings. The music keeps you going from dusk through till the late hours - this is Cuca Shop.

After 5 years performing their original pop/funk styles as fuscia, and a successful ep release "Things"; the band has now been reborn as Cuca Shop. The last 12 months have been dedicated to recording new material for a release later in 2010, and performing in their fortnightly residency at Gertie’s in New Farm. Previous years saw the band regularly gigging at venues such as The Press Club, Lock N Load, The Zoo, Uber, The Joynt, The Pavillion (now Hi-Fi), The bowery, The Globe and also Valley Fiesta.

With years of performance, recording and touring experience around Australia, Cuca Shop have had members in musical acts such as Gorgonzola, The Rooftops, Re-enactment, and Alex Lloyd, contribuiting to numerous ep/album releases and performing at festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, Island Vibe, and the Brisbane Festival (Spiegeltent) to name a few.

Kate Mackie (vocals), Peta Wilson (keyboards/synths), Tom Penrose (bass), Sam Mitchell (drums) and Tanja Hafenstein (percussion) have collectively known each other for the last 12 years, they seemingly communicate on stage without words, yet when words are spoken it is clear Cuca Shop are a band of friends, enjoying themselves and inviting the crowd to enjoy them in their party.

This is a band with a sound that is hard to fit into one box. Not just pop, definitely not rock, not strictly funk, but with twists and touches of jazz and nu-soul, they have been likened to the sounds of Sia, Jill Scott, and the Brand New Heavies. Cuca Shop will take you from moments of chilled laid back grooves, through moments of soaring ecstasy and land you right back on the dance floor to shake that thing.


EP Release 'Things' (under previous band name of Fuscia) - 2007.

Track Listing:
Where Did Your Groove Go?
Easy To Survive
Get Back

Produced by Sam Mitchell and Fuscia
Recorded in Brisbane by Heath Storrie and Sam Mitchell
Mastered at The Tanuki Lounge in West End

New Ep Release 'Stranger' for late 2010

Set List

A usual Cuca Shop gig consists of original music, a mixture of slower grooves and more up tempo songs fit for dancing!! On occasion Cuca Shop perform some covers and artists they cover include Jill Scott, Eryka Badu, Sia, Brand New Heavies, Stevie Wonder and more.