Well anybody who saw the New Yorkers support Steel Panther on their recent UK tour will know that here is a band unafraid to be thrown from the fire in into the frying pan because The Cringe are a talented band full of scorching tunes ranging from the grungy sounds of Foo Fighters and Kyuss to the power pop authenticity of Cheap Trick built on a foundation of the Beatles.
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The Cringe have already been making some big splashes on the other side of the pond having released four albums since their formation in 2004. 'Hiding In Plain Sight' is their fourth album and it finally gets a long overdue UK release.
The band have some pedigree too. Built around the talents of band leader and song writer John Cusimano who sings, plays the rhythm guitar and provides organic keyboard sounds. Drummer Shawn Pelton has performed with Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow whilst lead guitarist James 'Roto' Rotondi used his versatility in Mr Bungle. This is all complimented by Jonny Matias on bass.
If The Cringe had been around ten years earlier they would have been household names by now because this album is full of sounds that were a daily staple on MTV in the nineties. The difference with The Cringe is that their music is more uplifting with a positive edge rather than a band that want to tie a rope around their necks.
Openers 'Rushing Through The World' and 'Finally Gonna Be On Your Own' are upbeat belters racing at the same pace as the Foo Fighters finest moments. 'Deep Girl' has a deep grungy groove, whilst 'One Horse Town' is tinged with country and 'Gimme Resurrection' has the acoustic flavour as delivered by Sugar Ray.
'Get Me Some' pays homage to the seedier side of life in New York and with it's grinding organ sound feels like your witnessing it from the window of a subway train.
There are plenty of tasty flavours on this album. You'll be wise to try some.
Before their show with Steel Panther at the Brixton Academy in London, MetalTalk's Mark Taylor caught up with The Cringe to find out how the tour had been going for the band and to talk about their promotional videos for 'Hiding In Plain Sight' plus what lays ahead for the future.