Cedar Boulevard talk about their New Album

Three months into the new year which means bands start posting new music. We sit down with the guys from Cedar Boulevard and talk about the new album and the plans for this year.

 

What inspired this Album? 

‘Turn To Stone’ was inspired by the desire to write music that was different. We knew we wanted to put out new music and we knew we wanted to write a full record rather than just an EP. So we knuckled down and wrote and the largest theme on the album is just about the desire to make music and find purpose in it.

Where did the name of the album come from?

The album name ‘Turn To Stone’ comes from the lyrics of the first single of the first name.

What kind of ‘sound’ production wise; Did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

We wanted a big rock sound but combined with a bit of a modern metal mix as well. Hard hitting, driving drums and very tight guitar tones mixed with a melodic aspect. Similar to a band like Avenged Sevenfold where there is a contrasting element of heavy and melodic parts. 

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new album? and why?

‘Tear” is probably the favorite track on the album. The majority of the song is at 200bpm, so its super fast and just feels like a whirlwind. The chorus has a super catchy hook and its got a great energy about it.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?

I think so, and this album is a perfect example. We put an EP back in 2015 that was a mix of punk/hard rock and we have completely switched gears for this album leaning more towards a hard rock/post hardcore style. After playing the EP for 1.5 years we realized it wasn’t the style we really wanted to be playing, we wanted to do something heavier.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

Overall we listen to a lot of rock whether it be Guns N’ Roses, Rush, Green Day, Led Zeppelin and we feel like that’s where a lot of our melody comes from. Instrumentally we have a bit of a harder side and love a lot of metal bands like Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium and Megadeth.

Get more information about Cedar Boulevard and their upcoming shows at www.CedarBoulevard.com

 

Upcoming shows :

Cedar Boulevard Viper Room March 8th

Cedar Boulevard at OCML Boscoes March 11

Cedar Boulevard Los Angeles March 22

 

 

A Quick Checklist For Proper Stage Etiquette 

A Quick Checklist For Proper Stage Etiquette 

There are a lot of little details that need paying attention to to ensure a smooth, successful and outstanding sounding gig. This is a quick checklist to make the process a little bit easier. 

Step 1 – Once the show is confirmed, send the promoter a stage plot. A stage plot should illustrate what the set up for your equipment is, noting the number of mics and plug ins.
This doesn’t need to be anything crazy and can be a photo of a drawing on paper. We aren’t picky.

Step 2 – Upon arrival to the venue (before the first act introduce yourself to the sound tech and let them know you are there and ask what he/she needs from you. Use this time to tell the sound tech and fx you might need for your set.

Step 3 – When the act before you starts, start staging your gear. You do not want to be setting your gear up on stage. Being ready to play shows professionalism and keeps the show on time. Long change overs bore fans and can cause some to leave.

Step 4 – Work with the sound tech to get levels right before you play, and if you need something adjusted wait until after the song is over. No one knows there is anything wrong unless you say something about it.

Step 5 – Engage with the crowd, thank them for being there, thank the venue and remind everyone to tip the bartender. Venues remember and appreciate this a lot. Remember to thank the other bands and let everyone know where they can find you on the Internet.

Step 6 – Get off stage faster than you got on. We do not have time for you to break down on stage. You should be off stage in 5 minutes or less to keep change overs as short as possible.

If you follow these easy steps you will make everyone’s night run much smoother, which means they are more likely to have you back. Plus, the show is more fun when it’s on time and running smoothly. The little details are the most important as they are the most overlooked.  
Thanks for reading. You can find more on this on The OCML Podcast, Episode 19 on Stage Etiquette.

 
 

OCML ReAmp Sessions with Bristol To Memory

After a successful show this past weekend at The Observatory Orange County and on the verge of going on a 10 week tour. Bristol to MemoryStopped by ReAmp Recording Studios to be part of the #ReAmpSessions Check it out by clicking the link down below. Catch our previous artist on this segment and other content at www.ocml.usand like always #enjoylocalmusic

OCML ReAmp Sessions with Motions Part 2

We had the awesome folks from Motions stop by to our spot and record a couple of acoustic sessions at the ReAmp Studios in Tustin California. They jammed for awhile and we captured a couple of songs. Here is part 1, where they play one of their songs called, Ball and Chain. You can find them at Facebook/OfficialMotions  to check out more of their tracks and like their page. ReAmp Sessions is a new segment where we invite great local bands to jam and share a couple of their songs. We will be showcasing a few more as the weeks go by so stay tuned.