The Cringe – fronted by singer and songwriter John Cusimano, whose members include lead guitarist James Rotondi (Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Blaze (Crash Moderns, Alice Smith) and drummer Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, SNL Band, Bruce Springsteen) – have been lauded both for their incendiary live performances and top-flight musicianship, reveling in rough-hewn textures, bold instrumental turns, and aggressive grooves. The band’s fifth and most recent studio album “Blind Spot” was produced and mixed by the legendary Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Train) and is slated for release in late 2015.
Over the last decade, the Lower Manhattan-based band has made a name for itself by opening incredibly explosive live shows for bands like Motley Crüe, The New York Dolls, Steel Panther, Trapt, Alter Bridge, and Fuel. Check out video of The Cringe performing the song “In God We Trust” from their album Tipping Point during a show at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on the 2014 fall/winter leg of Mötley Crüe’s “Final Tour.”
The band has made believers of fellow artists like Bob Schneider, Cheap Trick, Vertical Horizon, and Sister Hazel, all of whom have invited the Cringe onto opening bills, as well as food celebrity Rachael Ray, who Cusimano married in 2005. Ray, a fervent alt-rock aficionado, stokes the crowd before her husband’s band takes the stage at Stubb’s each year during her immensely popular annual Feedback event in Austin, TX.
Enthused All Music Guide, “Cusimano’s infectious and insightful songwriting is the foundation for the band’s dynamic mix of artful, harmonic power pop and raw, aggressive punk garage-band energy.” The Cringe are, said AMG, “this decade’s answer to the Foo Fighters,” a perfect mix of “blistering energy and thoughtful contemplation for these troubled times.”