CINDERS (from l-r): Jordan Zabriskie (vocals/guitar), Montana Smith (vocals/guitar), Bradley Bennett (drums), Austin Harris, Adrian De La Cruz (bass), Chelsey Powell
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Cinders are an indie-pop/alternative rock five-piece from the American state of Utah.
Having formed two years ago, the Salt Lake City outfit have gone from strength to strength, making waves, first locally, then further afield, with high energy live performances and a melodic sound that reflects their eclectic musical tastes, appeals to followers of all genres and has been described by the quintet’s growing fan base as “Rowdy acoustic pop“.
Off the back of their well-received self-titled debut and a successful tour of the west coast of the US, the following is what the band had to say when I spoke to them recently.
How did the band form originally?
We all came together with the same goal in mind that music is something we love and want to do the rest of our life. Things just kinda fell into place. Some of us went to high school together, others met while travelling, and one even married into the band!
How did the name Cinders come about?
Honestly, it comes from a horrible song written by a couple of the guys in high school. It was such a cool name for such a horrible song, so we felt it deserved a second chance. Hopefully, seven years from now, we won’t be saying the same thing about our band “horrible but deserves a second chance.”
What are the band’s main musical influences?
We all love bands like Head and the Heart, Motion City Soundtrack, The Front Bottoms, and Grouplove, but we don’t necessarily sound exactly like any of them.
Our experience also ranges from jazz, hardcore, acoustic, and marching band styles.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
It is definitely a group effort. We compare it to making a really good burrito. It takes meat, beans, cheese, tomatoes, hot sauce, and a whole lot of other stuff to make it the messy goodness that it is. Without each of us, the songs would be just a bunch of warm moist tortillas…
Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?
Lyrics come from everywhere. Personal experience can be a huge inspiration even if the song isn’t based on anything real that has happened to us. We like to create stories or feelings and then map out lyrics to best express those throughout the song.
Also, we are bad at talking to girls, so we tend to write a lot about that as well…
How is it for you all playing live?
Performing live is always fun and rewarding. It’s so cool to see people enjoying the
music you’ve worked so hard on, and even cooler to see the lyrics that were written in some random person’s basement being sung back to you by a giant crowd.
What has the band got lined up in the near future?
We are currently writing a new record, and we have been putting most of our energy into that. We are doing some touring here and there, but mostly writing and recording.
What is your long-term aim?
I don’t think there’s any specific place we’re aiming for. Just getting the music out as far as we can and be able to do this for a living for as long as possible. Anywhere between “making enough money to do this for a living” and “biggest band in the entire world” will work for us.
THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM FROM CINDERS IS NOW AVAILABLE TO LISTEN ON SPOTIFY, iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY & AMAZON.
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