CINDER ROAD [Mike Ruocco - Vocals/Guitar; Chris Shucosky - Guitar/Vocals; Pat Patrick - Guitar/Vocals; Nat Doegen - Bass/Vocals;
Mac Calvaresi - Drums/Vocals] just released their first full-length album, Superhuman on Caroline Records/Audionest. Produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith), 'Superhuman' brings highly charged, no-nonsense rock n’ roll to the table with a mix of powerful rock anthems and poignant super ballads.
They are managed by UEG (Nickelback, Candlebox, Default) and already have a huge fan base of screaming girls, rocker chicks and guys with long hair. Their debut single, “Get In Get Out” impacted radio on June 5 and within two months Cinder Road shot to the top 30 on the active rock charts with over 45 stations on the record nationally.
The single is currently being spun on key radio stations and they have just finished a tour opening for Chris Daughtry and supported Hinder, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Fuel, Finger Eleven and more at numerous summer festivals. In addition, Cinder Road recently travelled to Cuba to perform for US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay.
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? Mike Ruocco - "First and foremost I am a HUGE Elvis fan so to me he will always be the person who invented and emulated the term "Rock Star". Other than Elvis we are all very big arena rock fans. Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Ect. All of wich still very much so effect us today."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your new CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "Old school rock with new school validity."
Your album title 'Superhuman' is an interesting choice, but perhaps it has more of a personal meaning to you?! "In the music business we constantly face ups and downs, hardships and all kinds of "industry standards" that we cant change and dont make sense but it is what it is. I was on the phone with my Dad talking about the business and I said "You'd have to be SuperHuman to survive in this business" and I said hey we have to call the record SuperHuman!"
And just where does the bands name originate? "Cinder Road is the street Chris and I grew up on in our hometown of Baltimore MD."
How easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "I never try to be anything but "us", when you try to chase trends you will always be behind. Just be yourself."
As tours you've been on this year have included supporting Hinder, Buckcherry and Papa Roach (to name just a few), please tell us one of your favorite touring 'mishaps' thus far ... and was anyone left with any scars?! "Recently we played a festival in Albany NY with Sebastien Bach,Fuel, Finger 11, 12 Stones and a bunch of other great bands. At the end of the night we played "Fruit golf" with 12 Stones and then we "borrowed" three golf carts from the venue to race around. Eventually we got thrown out of the venue. All was in good fun though!"
Please tell us more about two (2) of your favorite songs off of 'Superhuman' and why they are just that? "'Back Home To You' is probably my favorite. It is a song that captures a moment and time in my life. We were recently signed and I was constantly flying to and from LA to write songs for the album.I was spending a ton of time away from home and this track talks about how difficult that can be but when music is your life, you have to do what you have to do."
"'One' is also a favorite of mine. We wanted to write a song about mothers and how important of a role mothers play in our lives. The producer Marti had recently lost his mother and what better way to honor ones life than in a song."
Also, how were you first approached to travel to Cuba to perform for US troops in Guantanamo Bay and how did the whole experience go? "We have been involved with Armed Forces Entertainment for a number of years. We all come from families with military backgrounds and we wanted to give back. Our first tour was to Japan in 2004 and we have been doing shows for the troops every year since then."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "ANY Def Leppard tune!"
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Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "Our pleasure! Please feel free to visit our myspace site or web page."
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