Sunday, April 7, 2013

The CRY!

Interview by Ed Stuart

Who’s answering the questions? 
Ray Nelsen

Where is the band from? 
Eastside of Portland, Oregon

Who is in the band and what instrument do they play?
I play guitar and sing, and Brian Crace plays Lead Guitar and sings, Dave Berkham plays Bass and sings, Evan “Maus” Mersky holds down the drums.

How did the band start? 
Brian Crace and I were hanging out in the garage at my folk’s house. We were writing pop tunes with big background vocals.  I think that I wrote most of the songs on our first LP in that garage.  We started recording the tracks at Fetish Pop Studios in late 2010. Originally, Johnny Martinez was going to play drums (and did for the first half of the record) but that didn’t work out. So we prowled the streets for kids to play with!  We started checking out local bands looking for mates. First we recruited Dave from The Midnight Callers (lead singer/guitarist) to play bass. Quickly the word got out around town that we were looking for a solid drummer. Maus was drumming for a punk band called “Ripper” when he asked to meet us. I was looking for kids who had the chops but also had the style and swagger that all great rock n roll bands need (as a bonus, Maus was starting a new analog/digital recording business called “Red Lantern Studios”).  From the start there has been magic when the four of us play together.

What is the story behind the “Never Suck” motto?  
It’s just something we live by! It’s simple really; most bands that play these days suck. Yeah they are having fun (most of the time) but they don’t put enough time into their craft.  We didn’t and don’t want that; we make sure to do things to prevent us from sucking which sometimes means all night practices and a longer time in the studio.

What bands did you have in mind when starting this band?  
There was a lot of 60’s records spinning and lot of just classic pop! We really didn’t have bands in mind when we started. We knew we wanted the sound to be fast and fun. We know we wanted to be great musicians. We knew we wanted to put on great shows. We knew we had to work our asses off to do any of it. We do love The Nice Boys, The Exploding Hearts, The Ramones, the Booze, etc… but, our music does also reflect all the pop oldies our parents made us listen too in the family mini-van.  

Maximum Rock N’Roll stated that “The Cry have both crucial aspects of power pop: Style and substance” and “[t]heir songs have all the hooks . . . impressive instrumental flourishes [that] solidifies The CRY somewhere in the grand lineage . . . of quality power pop music.” Faster and Louder described the LP as “this long player could pass for a greatest hits collection!” A review like that is very impressive after the release of a debut LP. How does this make the band feel? Does this put any pressure on the band moving forward? Was the marriage of style and substance a predetermined choice for the band?
Nothing we do is predetermined. The “style and substance” just seem to be there. We look the way we have always looked. As for “pressure” for the next album: yeah, a lot cool shit was said about our first record. I guess there may be a bit of pressure to have our next LP better the first one but that is self-imposed pressure. At this point we know the material slated for the next record is fun and fasts. We know we are better musicians today than two years ago. We know we have better recording facilities and we know that what we have so far kicks serious asshole. We just want to be done with it and hit the road!

Do you think music can still be a vital force in such a disposable age?
Seriously? Man’s natural inclination towards rhythm, story-telling, and melody has never changed. Popularity of specific “genres” will always be in flux but “music” (in some form) will always be a painfully accurate mirror on society (read: Justin Bieber).  

50 years ago people used to buy music and get their water for free, now people pay for water and get their music for free. How do you think this affects music in any way?
I don’t know. We still see lots of kids picking up guitars. The Internet and digital technology have hurt the music industry (economically) but also have provided much broader access to music and potential fans for bands like The CRY!. Shit, we just play songs. The other stuff is above our pay grade…

According to the band’s website, the band is currently recording the second album. Can you tell us how that is going? Any idea when the release date will be? Any labels offer to put it out especially after the universal praise the band received from the first album?
Its going great the songs are great and the tones and sounds were getting are killer.
The songs I have been writing for the second record are a little different (as they should be). They have more balls then the tracks on first record and fans will see more of a 70’s influence (as opposed to the 60’s feel of the first LP). We were trying for a spring release but realistically it looks more like Fall 2013. We will begin reaching out to labels once we have some good mixes of the new stuff.

Where can people hear the band?  
We post all our shows and links at “”. Folks can go from there to our Facebook, Reverbnation, MySpace, etc..

What’s next for The CRY?  
Same plan as always: Tonight We Take Over The WORLD!


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