Cedar Street offers up a fresh and light take on pop punk, a genre that seems to be gaining another wind of popularity in recent months. Maybe it’s because we’ve all been locked in doors for 8 months now, and maybe because fall, and inevitably winter is coming, but Cedar Street’s newest single “But I’m Okay” feels like a warm blanket for whatever blues may be ailing you. Written about the flip side of depression, the feeling after you’ve made it through the worst of a bad period, this song is about as optimistic as you can get on such a heavy subject, and it’s fresh to hear such an honest and frankly brave take. The music Cedar Street cooks up as a backdrop for this subject is just perfect, and shows why they’re a band to watch; blistering and fierce vocals, crunchy and meaty guitars, and an exceptionally tight rhythm section, this is not your average pop punk band, there’s actually a lot of interesting musical part writing going on. Whether it’s the slamming breakdowns in the middle and end of the track, or the little drop out to just drums with bass and guitar dancy around it at 1:30, Cedar Street provide interesting ear candy to keep the listener on the edge of their seat the whole time.
“From Where We Left Off” is an album based on mental health. From the good to the bad, from day one, we’ve focused on talking about real issues that affect us on a daily basis. The leading track,”Life’s a Bitch…And She Knows It” is a prime example, and takes on life in the human persona, and runs head first with the chorus “my life’s been in shambles for quite some time”…The tune sticks in your head like a bad dream. A huge part of us went into this record, and that passion is felt from the moment it starts, till the very last note.
I wrote “But, I’m Okay” with the purpose of showing the brighter side of depression. Having dealt with depression for the majority of my life, I feel like it’s important for people to know that not every day is bad, and it’s okay to take the good days in as often as possible. This was one of the simplest, but most enjoyable songs we’ve ever written, and became one of our favorites early on--accordingly We decided to handcraft the music video ourselves. With no prior knowledge or experience in video editing, and a $50 camera, we just wanted to record a good day spent with each other..It was hard work, a lot of it, but it still got us all to smile. As a band it feels very fitting to talk about our emotions on both spectrums, because, it’s not all bad all the time. And it’s okay to be okay.
Below is our exclusive interview with the band.
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been pretty alright all things considered! Excited to premier with you fine folks as well.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “But, I’m Okay”?
Yeah this is song actually surprised all of us a lot--When Blake first joined the act it was the first song we wrote as a group. It was just kind of a fun riff, fun melody, fun rhythm--All around it just all came together for us. We really didn’t put much into it other than what naturally came to us, and-according to our playlists and whatnot-its actually our most popular song on the EP. Which we love, because it’s probably the most Cedar Street song we’ve got on the record.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I won’t say anything specifically inspired me to write the lyrics for the song. It was more so making light of the brighter days that contrast the darker days of depression.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Well we wanted it to be home-y and heartfelt, while also needed it pretty low budget considering the surrounding events of 2020..So we decided to shoot it ourselves. Blake bought a GoPro, Dusty got some editing software, and we just got to work. It’s definitely nothing Hollywood material, but we just wanted something to showcase Us and our interactions with one another as a group.
The single comes off your new album From Where We Left Off – what’s the story behind the title?
Well to be honest with you 2018 was a bit of a drag for Cedar Street. Not much writing, not much gigging, etc. We had an EP written, but experienced one setback after another preventing us from getting around to getting the disc out. Towards the end we really got our footing, got new mindset, and had our record by mid 2020…This is our debut, even if it’s a little late we’re picking up right where we left off--and we’re running with it.
How was the recording and writing process?
While I (Blake) came in pretty late to the whole writing part of “From Where We Left Off” I did get to record it in my own spin. Austin Putt at 1521 Studios was a blast to work with, and he’ll be seeing us again with the next disc here shortly. We all love working with him, and he always brings the best out of us accordingly.
What role does Indiana play in your music?
It’s cold and wet here pretty often, so we’ve got that going for the sad punk vibes, and we think it’s working pretty well haha.. But really, it’s a good starting point for some areas we think we’ll fit in really well around the Midwest--and that’s a definite plus.
What aspect of depression did you get to explore on this record?
Well to be honest with you we look at every shade of blue, and other colors as well. Anxiety, abandonment, trauma, we like to explore all of those things because mental health is what turns our cogs most--for better or for worse.
What else is happening next in Cedar Street’s world?
Well our next EP is completely written, and barring any further worldly complications we’re planning to hit the Studio around this time next month. This disc is going to be Very us, and we think everyone’s gonna like it a lot.