Spotlight Interview with Cedars
A new single from Cedars takes on a dark and edgy cinematic tonality that brings with it a gorgeous drive that explodes into intensity and vastness as the music breaks into an alternative rock soundscape between these unique pop intervals and verses that really grab at you with a crisp fuzztone style but with touches of vintage alt-pop lurking just beneath the surface.
"Funeral Dress" is absolutely entrancing, beautifully woven, and full of lightly distorted or fuzzed out sounds that build its lush sounds by layering them as textures blend together to create new ones at the same time.
The music of this track has an almost haunting feel to it, and it comes with a killer catchiness and that thing that happens when you hear a song for the first time and there's so much radness happening that you have to listen to it again to catch more of it, or to soak it in fully.
This single is like watching a crazy film and then wanting to watch it again so you can find those things you missed the first time.
It's the David Cronenberg of alternative pop-rock and it's completely engulfing.
What's also quite excellent is the music video that accompanies the single which lets the members of the band get into full character. Especially the incredibly talented vocalist who makes the song so beautiful.
With the release of such a wonderous single, we wanted to touch base with the band to find out where this all came from. Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Funeral Dress". This record has a cinematic and edgy feel to it! Where did this track come from?
Oh cinematic! Thank you.
It was actually first created several years ago and then put away. The original demo had a totally different chorus….it had a different feel for sure. But we came back to it and reinvented it. The story we wanted to tell here is about integration. There are parts of us that we show the world, and Shadows inside of us that we often silence or ignore. We push away certain parts of our experience - trauma, pain, addiction, abandonment. But, when we’re willing to face those pieces of who we are, they have so much to teach us.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Ha! awesome…thank you. As a band, we’re all over the place! This is always a hard question. We all bring so many influences into the mix. Everything
from PJ Harvey to Mutemath, Metallica to Foo Fighters.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
I think all of us pretty much fell in love with music as kids. We’ve all been playing and
creating music most of our lives. It’s definitely saved some of our lives more than once
over the years. Music and art can often say what we can’t…or won’t.
RAG: What's next for you as a band?
We’re touring this year, so very excited about that. We’ve got another single coming out this summer (WomanKing) and another video to go with it. We’re also working on another full-length album for release in 2023.
RAG: What inspires you guys to write a song?
Honestly, all of our music and our videos come from a desire to tell honest stories. Our music is born out of personal experiences.
RAG: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
Working on our videos. HAHA!
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
YES, finally back at it!
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming bands out there?
Just lean into the work. It can be challenging to create and put things out into the ethos, but the world needs music and art more than ever. It says things we can’t or won’t. Your authentic expression is medicine for someone out there.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
We are incredibly grateful for every single ticket, follow, stream, t-shirt purchase…all of it! From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate you.