Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Cringe's James Rotondi
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:24:17
Like America's sweetheart Taylor Swift, The Cringe's James Rotondi digs crime procedurals like Law & Order. Well, maybe not digs 'em but if he wasn't a successful musician, he'd want to appear on 'em. That is, if the music career doesn't work out. However, we think that the music career will do just fine.
The band will drop Hiding in Plain Sight on Oct. 9, so we reeled the band in for some Take Aim time in advance. We figured they'd need some time to recover in between the interview and album release.
Another fun fact about The Cringe? Member John Cusimano is married to the one and only Rachael Ray, giving the band a little extra high-profile, right?
We invited James Rotondi into the ring for a little Take Aim action. He was game and we decided to be nice, since, well, maybe we can get a Rachael Ray-cooked meal out of it. Nah, that wasn't our motive, although it would be nice. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, hint-hint.
Check out our Take Aim with The Cringe...now!
If you weren't doing music, you'd be. . . .
Practicing law. What, you want us to pick something that makes less money than being a musician? Or at least, playing a lawyer on the latest incarnation of Law & Order. Is Angie Harmon still single?
Share a recording story with us:
Capturing a synthesizer part for "Blame It All On Me" turned into a real bloodbath. Imagine a roomful of hyper-opinionated musicians debating whether a sine wave sounds more "Cars-like" than a square wave, or what the tipping point is between sounding cool like Gary Numan or dorky like Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In the end, we settled for dorky cool—certainly not as hip as The Cars, but not quite as mind-bogglingly gauche as Styx's "Mr. Roboto."
Do you think having a member of the band married to a famous TV star like Rachael Ray helps raise the band's profile?
It certainly helps raise the band's eating standards, as we get to indulge in some righteous homemade guacamole, sauerbraten, fried chicken and other delicacies when recording at John and Rach's upstate studio. Also, playing the Rachael Ray Feedback event in Austin every year has been a blast, jamming with Billy Gibbons, and soaking up good vibes from Bob Schneider, Train, Wanda Jackson, The New York Dolls and so many other stellar artists.
What can we expect from The Cringe in 2012 and 2013?
Expect our new album, Hiding in Plain Sight, to come out on October 9, chock full of our patented punk-prog opuses and politicized power pop rockers, and look for us on the road opening for a variety of our favorite bands this Fall and into the new year. Should we all survive the 2012 Mayan prophecies, expect us to be donning elaborate pre-Columbian headgear and flying through the night sky in ornate motherships, beaming our message of love, peace, loud guitars and hot spicy foods to the edges of the known universe.
And your Twitter-sized bio, please.
The Cringe: Pop-savvy NYC rockers, channeling Hüsker Dü, Thin Lizzy, and Opeth since mid-2000s, but can't agree on The Velvet Underground.
Are you going to check out The Cringe now that you've enjoyed this Take Aim? Well, you should, pals!