*** NY rockers’ new live single ‘Finally Gonna Be On Your Own’ released August 5th via Sony/RED, prior to first UK headline gig August 8th @ The Barfly & Fun Lovin’ Criminals support August 9th @ Brooklyn Bowl ***
“The Cringe provide a smooth, hook-heavy cruise through multiple classic rock styles. John Cusimano’s glowering vocal on ‘Rushing Through The World’ promises Soundgarden style grunge, but ‘Deep Girl’s Aerosmith-esque strut and semi-psychedelic chorus are more typical of their playful, energetic pastiche. ‘Lord Jim’, from lead guitarist and second songwriter James Rotondi briefly detours somewhere darker. ‘One Horse Town’ though is pure, surging AOR, while ‘Get Me Some’’s New York street report (dateline: 1974, somewhere in Johnny Thunders head) powers along on copious Hammond organ” – Nick Hasted, Classic Rock, June 2014
“Having recently coupled with sleaze ‘n’ spandex veterans Steel Panther for a slew of UK dates, The Cringe are no strangers to the rock ‘n’ roll metropolis. The Big Apple’s vibrant quartet fuse a lively cocktail of alternative rock, punk, rockabilly and post-grunge in this eleven-tracker, dipping their toes into all from Queens of the Stone Age and The Foo Fighters to The New York Dolls and The Beatles. It’s consistently upbeat, and frequently surprising, with melodic meanderings and percussive chugs punctuating the lilting, easy-listening vibe” – Rhiannon Marley, Powerplay, May 2014
Eclectic, melodious New York rockers The Cringe will return to the UK this summer, having made a spectacular first impression on British audiences in March, when they joined Steel Panther for an almost totally sold out 7 date tour. The band were blown away by the reception that greeted them on the Steel Panther shows, and left eager to cross the Atlantic again and get better acquainted with their UK fan base. Guitarist James ‘Roto’ Rotondi comments, “not only did the mighty Panther’s killer stage show inspire us to bring our A-game every night, (and to get our party on after the gig!) but it was refreshing to find that the notoriously tough UK rock crowd are nevertheless very open to sincere, hard-played rock and roll. No hipster posing or attitude—if we were on point as a band, they were awesomely receptive in kind. In fact, we’ve cooked up quite a few power-packed new songs inspired by our English adventures, which included numerous beer and bitter tastings, and a trip to Stonehenge (to help us get in touch with our inner English mystics)”.
Some of those tunes will be aired for the first time when the band return in August to play the following dates;
Fri 8th August – LONDON, The Barfly (headline show)
Sat 9th August – LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2 (supporting Fun Lovin’ Criminals)
Before they touch down on British soil, The Cringe plan to offer listeners a taste of what’s in store, with the release of new live single ‘Finally Gonna Be On Your Own’, out August 5th via Sony/RED. An anthemic example of the quartet’s skill for blending grungy garage rock grit with masterfully crafted, radio-friendly melodies, the track originally appeared on fourth studio album ’Hiding In Plain Sight’, which got its UK release in April. The brand new live version was recorded at a sold-out Brixton Academy on the final night of the Steel Panther tour, and comes accompanied by a video capturing The Cringe’s tight and dynamic live show in full flow here.
Such powerful performances reflect the wealth of musical experience within the ranks. All seasoned players in their own right, guitarist Rotondi (Mr Bungle, Air), drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow), bassist Jonny Matias (Crash Moderns) and charismatic vocalist and guitarist John Cusimano have honed a distinctly eclectic sound since they came together as The Cringe, which has helped them to win high profile supports to a diverse range acts, including The Hold Steady, New York Dolls and The Bravery.
Their most accomplished album yet, ’Hiding In Plain Sight’ heard them confidently pull off an audacious mix of styles, from Soundgarden-style grunge (‘Rushing Through The World’), to raw punk rock channelling NY icons D-Generation and the Dolls (‘Gotta Find A Way’), and weather-beaten, world-weary Neil Young-esque ballads (‘Make Me Something’). Benefitting from the production input of Steve Lillywhite, and the mastering expertise of Emily Lazar (noted for her work on the Foo Fighters’ ‘Wasting Light’), the album showcased the skills of an ambitious and versatile act, and has rightly caught the attention of critics on both sides of the Atlantic.