Just ask Bob Dylan and Travis Barker how nearly dying in a transportation mishap can boost one’s career profile. Dylan took the opportunity to vanish for a while to fix his motorcycle and cook up a new sound with an old Band. Barker went out to find a tattoo repairman and got all paranoid about flying (who can blame him for either). But 20 year-old Chicano pop star Cuco, who was already selling out SoCal venues before his first official single dropped, bounced back from injuries sustained on tour in an October car accident by filming a comedic video for “CR-V,” named for the dependable but drab little Honda he receives as a graduation present in the promo filmed at a south L.A. school, near where he grew up.
“I look like a mom in my CR-V, flexin’ on your friends in my CR-V, got like five seats in my CR-V.”
It’s basically Cuco’s barrio reply to Randy Newman’s iconic and sprawling “I Love L.A.” video. His all-ages show at Observatory North Park on February 13 is one of the first two dates of a “comeback” tour, intended to pick up where he left off in October when all his remaining shows had to be cancelled while he recovered from the crash (which was serious enough to merit a mention in the news scrolls at both Fox News and CNN). From the left coast, he’s heading off to London’s All Points East festival and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound fest, before finishing up a full-length debut being prepped for release later this year.