Cole Childers was Malice Cooper’s guest this evening. You can hear the conversation here
Scream Arena guitarist, Alex Mullings joins host Jamie Rosh of the Pop Roxx Radio Show. You can listen to the full conversation here
Kansas City hard rock powerhouse Cimino have been plying their wares around the Midwestern United States for the past seven years, playing shows from South Dakota to Missouri and from Kansas to Illinois. Within that time the band has put out three albums on their own, the latest of which,Angels & Animals, was released at the tail end of 2013 to a local audience in Kansas City and, digitally, via iTunes.
Forming in 2007, frontman and band namesake Kyle Cimino and drummer Sebastian Anderson had been playing together in the 80′s hair metal tribute, Baloney Ponyz when they decided they needed to form an original project together. They were both only 15 at the time. The band quickly built a strong local following. “For being 15, the music that Kyle was writing was incredible, well beyond his years to say the least,” reflects Anderson. “It wasn’t just me who noticed that – everyone and anyone with ears saw the talent that was there.. Because of that we had the backbone. We had that product that nobody else did, even at that age, We also had the same goal in life: to be ‘Bon Jovi Big.’”
In 2012 Sebastian Anderson was recruited by Nigel Dupree,the son of Jackyl frontman, Jesse James Dupree and toured with Nigel throughout that year, The following year the rest of Cimino came aboard and toured with Nigel, supporting his ‘Up To No Good’ album.
With a debut Ep (in 2009) and a full length album ( in 2012), the band entered the studio in mid 2013 to begin work on Angels & Animals with guitarist Trevor Brown also taking on the producer role. Eleven songs in total, all of the material on Angels & Animals was co-written by Kyle and Sebastian. “Ya know, going back to that first record, when we were still teenagers, Kyle and I defined our approach to writing, ” says Sebastian. “All of the music is written by Kyle and we both write the lyrics. We worked on two songs that he had mostly finished. I had multiple random verses worth of material that ironically fit perfectly together. The songs were finished in 10 minutes. Since then, the same process has been repeated nearly 50 times; Kyle has the music, the concept, the hook and a handful of lyrics, I’ll come in and fill in the blanks if need be. Or, I’ll just send him all the lyrics and concepts I’ve written since the last time we wrote and he’ll either place them in a project he’s almost completed, or write a new song off of the concept I sent. It works!”.
Angels & Animals kicks off with the bluesy hard rocker, “Anarchy” which slides swiftly into the anthemic “Start All Over,” which, as Kyle puts it, “is a song about relapsing. It’s the desire that lingers in your heart for whatever your poison may be, despite what others say or think.” Lustful at it’s core, “Animal” is about sexual tension and primal urges. “Basically girls with daddy problems!” offers the frontman. The uptempo ballad “Alive” is a reflection of friendship. “It’s about finding the light in each day and being thankful for the life you have,” says Cimino. “It doesn’t matter where you are or where you end up, as long as you’re with the ones you love.”
Often compared to the likes of Shinedown, Buckcherry and early Alice In Chains, the band isn’t afraid to take the hard road looking for widespread commercial acceptance,all while doing it on their own. Kyle Cimino sums the band’s perspective up: “We are 100% self-sufficient. We write all of our own material, we record it, we produce it, and we play it, Yes, we actually play it. We don’t believe in tracks, we don’t believe in loops, midi’s, or anything of the sort. We believe in having three members capable of singing harmonies, and a band that can hold their weight. What we have found in return to that approach is that every fan we have gained believes in us and in our music, rather than believing that we are trying to fit the mold. We don’t think that it is a necessity to have a record company make us acceptable in the music scene, we believe that our music is indeed that necessity. We just plan to give ourselves to the people who want good, hard rock, which there is very little of lately.”
Terri Knight from KHXS Radio in Texas, (aka “The Queen of Abilene” had a little chat with Scream Arena’s Andy Paul the other day. You can listen to the audio here
Danish website Calles Rock Corner has made Scream Arena this week’s Band of the Week our very own Scream Arena. You can check it out here