Hi! Tell me about CYANIDE SUNDAE. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
André – The name is actually quite political, although some people find that hard to believe as I’m not really one for following much of the news. But Cyanide Sundae is referring to all the media and government bulls**t we’re made to believe. How bad things are sweetened up to sound good for our benefit and how we’re spoon fed the information. Also, conspiracy theories. A good example is how pharmaceutical companies makes $billions a year by keeping people on a drug for life, that does more harm leading to later on need more drugs or rather than working on cures. Another example is the poisons in our foods, and how the government wants to slowly kill you rather than living long healthy lives and claiming pensions. This one is close to my heart for the name Cyanide Sundae.
Paul – It was a working title Andre had that stuck. Sweet yet toxic…… kind of like us! Songs are usually built from riffs we come with. Andre and myself already had songs we had written before getting together so we brainstormed what we had and came up with a handful of songs fairly quickly.
- “Nothing to Lose” album was released last year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
André – ‘Nothing to Lose’ was recorded in the very early stages of our band. We knew we had something special and we just wanted to get something out there as soon as possible to show people how good we were and how serious a band can be if putting their minds to it. We’re all very proud of it and there’s nothing we would change. It was a great learning curve for us in the studio and I believe it’s made us better for the recording of our upcoming album ‘Blinded Generation’ coming out on Sliptrick Records very soon. This time round we knew what we wanted and we’ve got exactly that. I think it’s even made it easier for the engineer working with us second time around
Paul – I think Nothing to Lose emphasises the raw enthusiasm we had going into the time recording it. We wanted to get out and play live as soon as we could and I think that the EP has a kind of ‘live’ energy feel to it in its production. We felt a sense of accomplishment when it released as we had only a handful of rehearsals as a full band prior to recording the EP so we weren’t over-rehearsed for it and to put something together of that quality was a great achievement. Recording was very spontaneous and I think that shows on the EP to its credit.
- Tell me more about “Nothing to Lose”? Album ideas etc…
André – The title is actually a lyric from the first song, which is our single, ‘What Can I Do’. But, it’s also a double barrel meaning. ‘Nothing to lose’ is about us as a band and giving it our all and showing people who we are and what we want to achieve, after all, we have nothing to lose.
Paul – Nothing to Lose is raw, it’s intense and just the beginning of what is to come! I am hoping our new album will surprise quite a few listeners (in a good way!).
- Where do you take all inspiration from?
André – From Music? There’s too many bands to list that have inspired me for Cyanide Sundae. Sure we’re a hard rock band, but for me getting to this point has been a collaboration of my musical life journey. Sure I listen to modern heavy bands that I love and inspire me now for our sound like Alterbridge, Korn, and some older ones like Rage Against the Machine (I never get bored of their sound as it still sounds great today), but I was inspired to play bass by listening to more pop bands in my early days like U2 and Duran Duran. But very quickly after starting to play I found myself more inspired by rock music and I knew that’s where my home was as a bass player, driving energetic thunderous basslines that make people wanna move.
Paul – Creativity for me. Whether it is a simple lyrical line or a whole song piece, that is what drives me to becoming better and better at what I do.
- In your opinion, what is the best way to define CYANIDE SUNDAE’s sound?
André – Fat and in your face!
Paul – Rock, punk, grunge, metal – it’s all there buried in our unique 3 piece sound!
- So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
André – after recording ‘Nothing to Lose’ and finishing it early 2017, we didn’t stop writing, and personally I never will. I’m always recording riffs and songs and loading up my hard-drive with material so I’ve always got fresh musical ammo when needed. As said earlier we’re just in the process of finishing our next album (it’s in the mixing stages), but ironically only 1 year later of recording ‘Nothing to Lose’ we were at the same studio recording again.
Paul – Our debut album is due to drop real soon so can’t wait for that. Once we start playing a few shows and getting that material out there, then we have unfinished songs to complete and will look at working on some new ideas.
- What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
André – I kinda already answered this. But to add to the previous answer I was very inspired by Royal Blood when creating my sound. I wanted to write and I had guitar ideas but can’t play the guitar. So I put my bass through an octave pedal, a few other pedals (I have to admit when musicians see my pedalboard they always say something along the lines of, “F**k me! I’ve never seen a bass player with so many pedals!”) and finally to a guitar amp and I had this massive sound. I was able to write fat hard rocking songs even without a guitarist on board. I recorded a few songs and had a lot of interest from people wanting to form a band with me. Luckily Paul came along pretty quick, then Lewis a couple of weeks later and Cyanide Sundae was born. So big thanks to Mike Kerr of Royal Blood for the influence, but I feel we’re a very different sounding and style band.
Paul – I go off the beaten path when it come to my musical taste. I get a kick out of discovering bands the masses haven’t discovered yet – one of my favourite bands in the world are from Tennessee and are called Lucero. In terms of this band, there are very much influences from the more mainstream rock artists such as Foo Fighters and Stone Sour. But I listen to so many bands across several genres of rock (loving the Tremonti stuff at the moment) as well as more roots / alt-country / southern rock as well.
- Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
André – Oh yeah. But I wouldn’t be fussy, I’d love a ton of musicians to play on an album. I think if it was a singer though I’d have to let Paul decide. I’ve got a couple of producers I’d like to use if I had the choice, one of which is Steve Lillywhite, a little bit old school here, but he’s done some amazing work on U2 albums. And then there’s Don Gilmore, who produced Linkin Parks first album, tons of rock bands like Korn, Bullet for my Valentine, and surprisingly produced Duran Duran’s come back album in 2004.
Paul -Lajon Witherspoon or Corey Taylor
- What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
André – Get out there and play. But also these days the internet is important. So I’m really working hard on this side of things too. So we’ve had a great video made, which you can check out here for our single ‘What Can I Do’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3mYGrNIimM (more in the pipeline), working on all our media sites and I personally try to interact with people who follow us. Not everyone can or even wants to come to gigs so it’s important to go that step further of going out ones way and being different. For example, anyone who ‘likes’ our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cyanidesundae, I usually message every single one of them to say thanks and send them a free track, our single ‘What Can I Do’. People are grateful and it create loyal fans
Paul – Getting radio play, getting our music video more widely seen. Running promo for our forthcoming record. Lyric video and music video coming soon! Unfortunately everything comes with a cost though! If our fans can help us and spread the word either through our music or at our shows, then we would be so grateful.
- Do you have any other hobby beside music?
André – Love reading, mostly sci-fis, I’m a massive Star Wars fan and read all the novels. I do like a bit of gaming now and then on the PS4. Keeping fit is a big part of my life, I train six days a week. And who doesn’t like to watch a good movie at home or at the cinema?
Paul – Music is pretty much my hobby. Juggling around real work and family life takes up the rest of my time. But I do like putting together an awesome margarita. Uno mas!
- Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
André – Yeah big time! My fiancé is great! She knows this is my passion and she knows what it means to me. She comes to as many gigs as she can, she even appears in our next video, which will be released soon. And I have to say, my dear old Mum always takes an interest in the band. She loves her rock music and she sometimes appears at our gigs, bless her.
Paul – My close friends and family are behind me all the way! There are probably some friends out there with a cynical point of view saying ‘Why does he bother?’, and ‘Nothing will ever come from it.’. Hell, maybe they are right…. But at least I tried.
- How’s the metal scene in your city right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
André – In the small town I live at, Bognor Regis, the music scene is a bit dead for original music. There’s a couple of pubs but it’s more traditional here, one band a night and more cover bands than original bands. It used to be massive and we had a big festival once a year in the summer, but after 25 years the council closed it down. Good ol’ council….NOT! However, we did support California’s legends Leatherwolf here in the summer 2017, who were playing a string of gigs over here in the UK and bizarrely played in my little town. That’s was great night. Luckily, Paul’s and Lewis’s town have a proper music venue we’re very at and it’s a got a right good music scene going for it popular (little plug here, check out Bar42, in Worthing). It’s only a small venue but they always have 3 to 4 bands a night, so it’s always busy and the sound is fantastic. We’ve got gigs lined up this summer in other towns, including our debut at a great venue in Southampton in Hampshire, we’re playing Mammoth Fest, and we also have something planned for London, although you’ll have to watch this space for that.
Paul – Metal scene is real healthy but venues are limited to 1 in my hometown of Worthing, and 6 or 7 Brighton way. Record shops are pretty rare. 1 or 2 scattered around the towns but that’s all. Selling CDs on tour is realistically the best way for people to get your music, otherwise it’s all online these days.
- Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
André – You certainly will!!