The Cringe – fronted by singer and songwriter John Cusimano, whose members include lead guitarist James Rotondi (Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Blaze (Crash Moderns, Alice Smith) and drummer Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, SNL Band, Bruce Springsteen) – have been lauded both for their incendiary live performances and top-flight musicianship, reveling in rough-hewn textures, bold instrumental turns, and aggressive grooves. The band’s fifth and most recent studio album “Blind Spot” was produced and mixed by the legendary Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Train) and is slated for release in late 2015. Over the last decade, the Lower Manhattan-based band has made a name for itself by opening incredibly explosive live shows for bands like Motley Crüe, The New York Dolls, Steel Panther, Trapt, Alter Bridge, and Fuel. Check out video of The Cringe performing the song “In God We Trust” from their album Tipping Point during a show at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on the 2014 fall/winter leg of Mötley Crüe’s “Final Tour.” Enthused All Music Guide, “Cusimano’s infectious and insightful songwriting is the foundation for the band’s dynamic mix of artful, harmonic power pop and raw, aggressive punk garage-band energy.” The Cringe are, said AMG, “this decade’s answer to the Foo Fighters,” a perfect mix of “blistering energy and thoughtful contemplation for these troubled times.”thecringe.com
RATT’s signature sunset strip sound made the Los Angeles based outfit one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-’80s. As the story goes, RATT helped pioneer Hollywood’s legendary hard rock sound and scene and are proven true rock legends, headlining massive arena tours. Since 1983 to present, the band has sold in excess of 15 million albums in the US alone. Their first 4 records went Platinum plus.
RATT released their self-titled first album independently in 1983 and never looked back after that. Their first major label release, Out of the Cellar proved a multi-platinum breakthrough and was subsequently followed by more platinum smashes including; Invasion of Your Privacy (1985), Dancin’ Undercover (1986) and Reach for the Sky (1988). By then the band had become mainstays on the radio with songs like the blockbuster anthem “Round and Round,” “Wanted Man,” and “Lay it Down” and was touring the world over, spreading their infectious brand of Ratt ‘N’ Roll to the masses.
2017 RATT prepares to take their live show out on the road for a series of tour dates. The RATT line-up features original members Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier with the addition of Carlos Cavazo.
“Our music is like it was in the beginning; it means everything to us,” Pearcy says. “And here we are 30+ years later, keeping Ratt N’ Roll alive.”
“When we play concerts now, there’s a new generation. We’re seeing kids of people who grew up with us, but the reaction is the same,” adds guitarist Warren DeMartini. “It doesn’t seem to matter where we are in the world.”
“It’s the dawn of a new beginning for RATT,” and it’s time to give the people what they want,” says bassist Juan Croucier.