As previously reported, Santa Cruz recently made headlines after allegedly using pre-recorded tracks during their April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Now, the band have announced that they will be returning to the venue on August 25. If you’re curious to see how that will play out, you can purchase tickets HERE.
As previously reported, Santa Cruz recently made headlines after allegedly using pre-recorded tracks during their April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Now, frontman Archie Cruz has shared a new video statement in which he denied the “miming” accusations.
Cruz said the following:
“I just feel like I need to clear some shit out. Obviously, there’s been a lot of backlash after our show at the Whisky last Wednesday. And we’ve been accused of ‘miming’ on the track, which is not true. We did have backing tracks, but we just had some layers, and that is literally what every fucking big band is doing right now, which just happened to fuck up the timing, so I feel like I need to clear that out right now.
He then shared his vocal track, while adding:
“This is my vocal. This is what I do live. That’s my track. That’s 100 percent live. And what we had in the P.A. was an octave-lower harmony and an octave-higher harmony to back that shit up. So, please do not talk about something you don’t know anything about or do not accuse us of doing something that’s not true. So, piss off and shut the fuck up.”
Cruz also took to his Instagram story to apologize to SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk after previously blasting him for calling out the band for their use of pre-recorded tracks:
“…I’d like to extend a public apology to @eddietrunk. Even though I don’t think he was in the right for what he did, calling him names was NOT the move and not how one should behave.”
“As I said during my show yesterday this issue is way beyond just @SantaCruzBand. I actually like the band & had Archie on once. I appreciate the apology but I personally will always believe live rock should be live. And a TON of bands do NOT play to tracks.”
UPDATE: According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Santa Cruz’s Archie Cruz has since claimed that the incident was a publicity stunt. He said the following on his Instagram story:
“Pro-tip: fuck up a track live on purpose & get a shit-ton of free publicity. Y’all fucking bought that shit.”
SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk has taken to social media to call out Santa Cruz for allegedly using pre-recorded tracks during their April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. You can find various posts from him below, along with some fan-filmed footage from the concert that shows frontman Archie Cruz stepping away from the microphone as vocals continue to play.
I have long railed against the epidemic of bands using tracks live. And how fans & promoters just accept “live” acts & paying to see a band “live” and it’s anything but. This is how bad it’s become. Everyone okay with this?! Unreal! https://t.co/EHp6zW57i4 v
Because you are a REAL artist! Thx to all who deliver truly live & put the work in to do so. Appreciated it now more than ever w/what’s going on out there & how many turn a blind eye to it! And “everyone is doing it”is NOT an excuse.Because everyone isn’t! https://t.co/apcWVpqXnb
Another real artist here. In a real band. That puts the work in to actually sing and play live.. what a concept .. this shit has to stop ! Madness ! No fucks given to even try and fake it .. https://t.co/A9e8WQLAtB
Very close to starting my own band.And I can’t sing or play.But if everyone is okay spending hard earned money to see a band play “live” & instead hear a computer then why not? Guess it doesn’t matter? Plenty of bands I can open for sadly doing the same thing pic.twitter.com/wAj1GLLJpa
Santa Cruz have officially re-signed with M-Theory Audio. The band’s latest lineup, frontman Archie Cruz, guitarist Jerry Jade (Bad Gvy), bassist Tommy Bradley (Revelry Gang), and drummer Randy McDemian (Abrahadabra Clothing), will release a new album, titled “The Return Of The Kings,” through the label this fall. The first single, “Under The Gun,” can be streamed below. In other news, the group will also be performing at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA on April 6. Cruz commented:
“I am stoked to keep working with the Vegas based label M-Theory Audio as I feel like they did a good job with two of our previous releases. I am looking forward to completing this next album cycle and Santa Cruz chapter with them.”
Santa Cruz have premiered a new song titled “Into The War.” This track is from the band’s new album “Katharsis,” which will be released on October 18.
“Katharsis” Track Listing:
01. “Changing of Seasons”
02. “Bang Bang”
03. “Into The War”
04. “I Want You To Mean It”
05. “True Believer”
06. “Tell Me Why”
08. “Smoke Signals”
09. “It Was You”
11. “Time After Time”
Santa Cruz have premiered a new song titled “Tell Me Why.” This track is from the band’s new album “Katharsis,” which will be released this fall. Archie Cruz commented:
“‘Tell Me Why’ was conceived during the hot summer of 2018 in Finland and perfected at the Hideout studios in Vegas later that year. It has a big, sexy riff and a larger-than-life chorus that’s sure to rock y’all’s socks off. Dig it!”
Santa Cruz have premiered a new song titled “Changing Of Seasons.” This track is from the band’s upcoming album, which will be released in the fall.
Archie Cruz commented:
“‘Changing Of Seasons’ is about going through hell in life, and fighting your way back to the surface no matter what. This is for all the fighters and survivors out there. Musically, I found a perfect partner in crime in Kane Churko, with whom we managed to create a totally new sonic landscape for Santa Cruz which marks a huge step forward for the band.”
“‘Changing Of Seasons’ is a powerful rock song about transforming and taking back control of your life. I think it really sums up a lot about Archie’s journey leading up to the new album and how he was able to reinvent himself in the face of adversity. This song is a testament to his focus and strength as an artist, and I think audiences and listeners will pick up on that immediately.”
Santa Cruz have apparently fallen apart while on tour supporting Fozzy. The band confirmed that the rest of their touring plans were cancelled and then frontman Arttu “Archie Cruz” Kuosmanen took to Instagram claiming that his bandmates, guitarist Joonas “Johnny Cruz” Parkkonen, bassist Mitja “Middy Cruz” Toivonen and drummer Tapani “Tazzy Cruz” Fagerström, kicked him “out of the bus on the street like a pariah” and that they said they were not going to be part of the group anymore. In his own post, Parkkonen said him, Toivonen and Fagerström were “leaving Santa Cruz” due to “issues that [they] cannot solve even though [they] tried everything that [they] could to make this tour and band happen.” Toivonen also commented on the situation saying “it is impossible for [him] to continue as a member of Santa Cruz.” Fagerström said he is “not feeling good to do this anymore” as well.