From Long Island, NY comes the creative and instantly likeable sound of Sir Cadian Rhythm. Currently promoting their very single-worthy song titled “Gwen Barkley in the 20th Century”, make no mistake about it, Sir Cadian Rhythm is looking to be you next favorite band.
Ryan: Band names are one of the more difficult decisions to make. What is the story behind “Sir Cadian Rhythm?
Alex: It definitely is one of the most difficult things for sure. In our case there is nothing profound or deep about the name. Our first show was imminent so we needed something fast. We proceeded to lock ourselves in a car until we all agreed on something. Circadian Rhythm was an interesting term so we put a spin on it by changing it to “Sir” Cadian Rhythm. Clever, I know.
Ryan: Your lead single “Gwen Barkley in the 20th Century” is a great choice for a single. Were there any other songs off of your new album “Identity Crisis” that almost made the cut?
Alex: All the songs on the EP had that potential. But being that most of the guys in the band had different opinions of what the single should be we ended up leaving it to the fans to vote on it. It was a great tactic; very cut and dry. Gwen was the fav.
Ryan: Speaking of your new single. You also have a video for it as well. How long did this video take to make? How much creative input did the band put into the video?
Jack: The video took well over three weeks and we had full creative control over it. The concept came from the inspiration behind the song, specifically from the literary work of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. We embraced the source material and ran with it. Everything fell in place perfectly and we are very proud of the outcome.
Ryan: What does your song writing process look like?
Alex: Our process differs from song to song but typically Jack or myself will bring a song idea to the table and from there the band collectively builds upon that initial idea. We try to be very open about the process and welcome creative input from everyone but also try to recognize and respect the songwriters vision.
Ryan: Where does the band gather inspiration from?
Alex: Art and experiences. I find that my creative spurts often occur after listening to a great song or after reading something thought provoking. When I am moved by someone else’s art it sparks something in me and I feel the need to reciprocate in some way. A beautiful or harrowing experience can also ignite the creative flame because after those moments you have no choice but to spill your thoughts on the empty page.
Ryan: At this point in your musical career, what are some of your current highlights?
Richie: We are fortunate enough to have had many special experiences that not everyone can say they have. We have won two battle of the bands. One was for WEHM which qualified us to play The Great South Bay Music Festival, an awesome local music festival. The second was for 107.1 The Peak and we played the Peak’s Birthday Show and at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. We had a chance to play with Michael DelGuidice and Big Shot to a sold out crowd on the Main Stage of the Paramount in Huntington. We have been receiving local radio play. It is extremely exciting to hear an original creation on the radio. The most recent and probably the most interesting highlight was our original song, Run Around Town, was featured in the movie ‘Back In The Day’ which starred Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Mike Tyson, William DeMeo, and Michael Madsen.
Ryan: How long did your album take to make?
Alex: The recording of Identity Crisis spanned across 3-4 months. The reason it took so long was because we decided to enter the studio without the songs being entirely finished. We wanted to try something different and experiment so we ended up developing and completing them in the studio.
Ryan: Is there a theme that runs throughout the album?
Alex: I think the underlying theme of Identity Crisis is failure and I mean that not in a pessimistic or negative sense. It’s about learning how to fail and knowing that we are fortifying ourselves in the process. Our experience recording the album ran parallel to the theme as well. It was difficult! We had an actual “identity crisis” in the studio but after the fact we are glad to have had that experience. We want to convey to people listening that these moments of utter failure are crucial to the human experience and make us stronger in the end.
Ryan: How would you describe your sound to someone who has not heard of you before?
Richie: We like to refer to our sound as rock fusion. It’s an alternative rock sound with a fusion of many other genres. We include aspects ranging from (but not limited to) jazz and funk to pop and rap. Each song takes on its own distinct character while still keeping a unified SCR sound. For example;”All is Fair (in love and war)” has a jazzy funky groove with horns while “Book of Secrets” is more of a pop tune.
Ryan: What advice do you have for a new band looking to record their first album?
Jack: Know exactly what you’re doing when you go in to the studio. Respect the chemistry you have with your band and always keep an open mind when it comes to the creative process. Every idea is at the very least worth giving a try and if you do you’ll find you’ll grow as a musician as well as a band collectively. But most importantly enjoy yourself and the process!
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Do you have any news that you would like to share with your audience?
Richie: Thank your for having us! You can find news on our Facebook, Instagram, and website: www.SCRofficial.com. We will be playing the Great South Bay Music Festival on Sunday, July 17. We played last year and it is a great local event. We are also planning tours and events for the fall so keep a look out for that.