It’s been a busy summer for New York rock combo THE CRINGE—singer/songwriter/guitarist John Cusimano, lead guitarist James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns) and drummer Shawn Pelton (“Saturday Night Live” Band, Bruce Springsteen)—and their activity is only accelerating heading into the Fall. Since the June 8 release of their third album, PLAY THING, the band has kept busy on the road, online and in the media.
Kicking off the campaign for PLAY THING with a much buzzed about SXSW gig, at which they were joined on stage by Blues Traveler’s John Popper, the band has embarked on a rigorous touring schedule which sees them headlining clubs like New York’s Highline Ballroom and supporting well-known acts such as Blues Traveler, Sponge, The Alarm, Bob Schneider, The Gracious Few (ex Live and Candlebox members) and Antigone Rising.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll is all about getting out on stage and delivering,” says John Cusimano, “and I’m psyched that we’ve been able to bring our music out to our fans and make new ones by playing with an assortment of fantastic, musically diverse artists.”
Other highlights from the summer have been:
· Appearances on TV and radio, such as New York’s PIX11 Morning show and “Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke” on Q104.3
· Guitarist Roto’s blog post in support of Independent Record stores getting picked up nationwide via MTV.COM
· Production of a music video for “Weary Me” shot by fans at New York’s Highline Ballroom.
· “Where It Hurts” featured on ESPN.COM
· Recording of a 5 song, live EP to be released later this year
Reviews for the new record have also been coming in steadily:
· “The Cringe plays highly polished melodic hard rock… PLAY THING presents a band seemingly ready for a breakthrough” — Allmusic.com
· “…excellent mesh of power-pop and garage-rock.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
· “…their best work to date…The Cringe come with a power rock sound that includes elements of punk, pop and hard rock. There are revved up moments of angst and aggression that are aimed at our society and its beliefs & principles…They bring you socially conscious music to really listen close to and hear the truth.” – Skopemag.com
· “…..tightly arranged radio-friendly alternative rock” — MusicEmissions.com
· “…solid song-writing and musicianship that produces solid pop rock” — Blogcritics.org
Recorded with longtime engineer Steve Hardy (Vertical Horizon, The Upwelling), and with input from legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, XTC), PLAY THING showcases some of the band’s heaviest, headiest moments to date, including the prog-infused “Poison,” the art-thrash excursion “Where It Hurts,” and the album’s first single, “No Control,” with its whiff of Soundgarden psychedelia and early Pumpkins snarl. Containing some of Cusimano’s most mature songcraft to date—the cautionary tale “Give and Take” is a case in point—the album is the result of a painstaking writing process and a rigorous recording ethic, a creative collision of analog purists and digital renegades, both committed to creating the strongest possible album.
Fans can check out THE CRINGE at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 9/10 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel (acoustic w/Antigone Rising)
Wed 9/15 Brooklyn,, NY Europa Club
Th 9/16 Foxboro, MA Showcase Live (w/The Alarm)
Fri 9/17 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall (w/Bob Schneider)
Sat 9/18 Boston, MA Harper’s Ferry (w/Bob Schneider)
Th 10/14 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theater (w/Blues Traveler)
Fr 10/15 Kansas City, MO Harrah’s (w/Blues Traveler)
Sat 10/16 Napervile., IL Pfeiffer Hall (w/Blues Traveler)
Tu 10/19 New York, NY Village Underground (CMJ Showcase)
Tu 11/2 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean (w/Blues Traveler)
We 11/3 New York, NY Irving Plaza (w/The Gracious Few)
Fri 11/5 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl (w/Blues Traveler)
Sat 11/6 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl (w/Blues Traveler)
Tu 11/9 New York, NY Santos Party House
Fri 11/19 Hoboken, NJ Lovesexy