Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Cinders

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Cinders.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CINDERS: We are a 6 piece Alternative Pop band from Salt Lake City, UT. The name Cinders comes from a song we had written when we were younger before we had actually formed the project. We have often been compared to bands like The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, and hopefully any other cool band that you like. We just celebrated our third birthday this year by releasing a brand new record titled Looking Forward to Looking Back!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CINDERS: I love lyrics that show you something rather than tell you something. I love an awesome story that creates great imagery using a solid combination of words and melodies. Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack, Farewell Continental) is definitely my biggest influence when it comes to writing lyrics. He writes songs about real things and doesn’t sugar coat the topic he is expressing. I remember being in 7th grade and being given an assignment to find poetry in music and to share a specific song with our class. I chose My Favorite Accident by Motion City Soundtrack and my teacher gave me an F on the assignment because she claimed “There is no poetry in this songs because none of the words rhyme.” I am pretty sure she has never read a real poem before. A lot of the flow of the lyrics we write and word choice stems from the patterns Justin Pierre used in his music. I guess you can also say that there is no poetry in our songs according to my 7th grade teacher, since there are a lot of lines that don’t rhyme.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

CINDERS: Our newest release is our second album entitled “Looking Forward to Looking Back”. If you’re a fan of Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, and Motion City Soundtrack you should check it out. But if you like anchovies on your pizza you might not like it.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

CINDERS: Our live shows are definitely rowdy and energetic. We love hearing the crowd scream along to every word! You can expect a sweaty mess of pure joy and alternative pop goodness. I don’t know if that would pull you in or push you in to hear someone say that but it is awesome! You can also expect to receive a hug and a high five after the show. We love hanging out at the merch table to meet everyone.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band in 5 years?

CINDERS: We plan on being on a nation wide tour with our 3rd album out and excited to get back in the studio to work on album 4. We will have been to Mexico at least 3 times and one of those times will be just to hang out.


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