UTG INTERVIEW: Sir Cadian Rhythm Discuss Their Debut EP and Plans For 2015

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Long Island’s Sir Cadian Rhythm have been a band for just over a year and already they’ve shown an immense amount of talent and promise with their self-titled, debut EP. Since its release in February, they’ve been hard at work on a follow-up amidst several other plans to take off in 2015.

We had the chance to speak with some of the Sirs about the band’s formation, debut release, and what we can expect from them moving forward. Who knows, maybe you’ll see them at Skate and Surf in Asbury Park next month.

Head through the jump to read our interview with Sir Cadian Rhythm and make sure to check out their EP on Bandcamp where you can ‘name your price’ for a full download.

First off, for our readers, can you tell me the name of everyone in the band and what their roles are?

Alex: Absolutely! Sir Cadian Rhythm consists of six sirs. On the mic we have the talented Sir Jack Weepier, on the bass we have the Flea-esque Sir Richard Cluxton, on the drums we have the hard hitting brute Sir Keith Miller, on keys/vocals we have Mr. Perfect Pitch, Sir Matthew Carlin, on trumpet we have Sir Nicholas Goldkranz, who is the horniest guy in Sir Cadian Rhythm (no pun intended), and lastly there’s myself, the hippie of the band, Sir Alexander Laudani.

And how did you all come together initially to form Sir Cadian Rhythm?

Richie: Sir Cadian Rhythm stemmed from a band called Echo Hill. Alex Laudani (guitar), Keith Miller (drums), and myself (bass) were all members of Echo Hill. They parted ways with the singer of Echo Hill and looked to start a new project. Multiple singers had been tried out but nothing seemed to settle. Alex came in contact with Jack Weppler in 2012 but nothing came of it until March of 2014. After a few months of practicing and playing with Jack, Sir Cadian Rhythm was born. Matt Carlin, a talented vocalist/keyboard player was a childhood friend of Jack’s and was also added to the group to create the current day Sir Cadian Rhythm.

You definitely have one of the more unique band names I’ve seen in some time. Can you tell me where it comes from or what the story behind it is and why you all go by Sir?

Jack: We found that the term circadian rhythm meant your body’s natural rhythm and we felt that we could apply that to how we want people to respond to our music. We want to move people in all different ways which is why we like to make sure each song is different but with that same SCR vibe. We chose to make it Sir Cadian instead of the normal circadian because we felt it looked more original. With that sprung the habit of calling our selves sirs.

I hear everything from Panic! At The Disco to Incubus in your music. You’ve got a huge sound with a lot of instrumentation. Where does all the influence come from for you guys? Any artists in particular who you feel have helped mold your sound into what you’re currently creating?

Richie: I think our individual influences and different tastes in music is what makes Sir Cadian Rhythm truly unique. Our influences come from many different genres; from heavy metal to funk, jazz to rock, and even classical music to pop. You can hear most of these different genres throughout our recently released, self-titled EP. Some of the artists that have influenced us in one way or another include, but are not limited to, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, and many more.

For those who have yet to hear your music, how would you describe this EP in all aspects to get them interested in checking it out?

Matt: Like the musicians in this band, this EP contains a variety of musical and technical backgrounds. This EP thrives because a listener will never hear the same idea twice. The five individual tastes of these musicians create five very diverse tracks. Whether it is the pop-like vocals from Jack, the Incubus-inspired arpeggiations of the guitar by Alex, or the incredible Chili Pepper-inspired bass lines by Richie. Our listeners are subconsciously lured into pressing that repeat button because it sounds familiar, enticing, and effortless. This EP has styles of rock, ska, jazz, funk, and pop to cater to a larger demographic. We promise to give you that power ballad you’ve been waiting for, and that happy/sexy song that you can’t help but play over and over.

The EP’s been out for a couple of months now – have you been working on any new material since its release?

Alex: We absolutely have been. Interestingly, the Sir Cadian Rhythm EP consists of our first 5 songs we ever wrote as a band. There weren’t any other songs we wrote aside from those at the time. For our next effort it’s already evident that we are going to have larger batch of songs to pick and choose from. But like the EP, the new songs we have been writing range in genre and stray away from cliche themes.

You have fans contributing to your upcoming video for “Holly’s On Fire.” Where did the idea for this come from and what are you hoping for in the end result?

Matt: We have gone back and forth for a long time about what we might do for a video. We decided to create a video where we could involve our fans and use a modern concept (Snapchat) at the same time. And sure we could film ourselves doing it, but we really wanted to capture the organic reaction of the crowd enjoying the song. We witness this energy from our perspective on stage and felt it needed to come through in the video. Thus far, we’ve received some hilarious submissions so stay tuned for its release in the next month or so!

I saw that you’re trying to win a spot at Skate & Surf. Would this be your first festival of that size? And who would you be looking forward to seeing the most there?

Richie: We are currently competing in The Break Contest for a spot at Skate & Surf and we are super stoked about the opportunity. We can’t thank our fans enough for the support they have given us and continue to give us. As the band Sir Cadian Rhythm, this would be our first experience playing a festival of this size. I know I would love to personally see Sir Cadian Rhythm there. But in all seriousness, I am most stoked about seeing (and possibly playing alongside) Dropkick Murphys and Big D and The Kids Table. I’m sure all the bands will be great but these two stick out. They are bands that have been on my iPod and are household names. I was able to see Big D and The Kids Table at Warped Tour a few years back and was impressed by their live sound and energy. Being a tuba player originally, I can relate to ska bands and appreciate their musical ability.

Apart from that, do you have any touring plans coming up this year?

Alex: Yes we do! We are currently in the process of booking a northeast tour which we will embark on in the fall. Details to be announced in the summer.

So, Jack, when are you going to start a rap side project?

Jack: [Laughs] I’ll start a rap project when 50 cent decides to go country.

Any albums that have come out so far this year that you guys have been listening to a lot? Anything we might have missed that we should have on our radar?

Alex: There have been some amazing releases in the first quarter of 2015. Personally, I’ve been digging the new Decemberists album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Death Cab’s Kintsugi and Modest Mouse’s Stranger to Ourselves. I am also looking forward to Incubus’ dual EP releases!

And lastly, overall, what’s the rest of 2015 looking like for you guys? And big plans or goals we haven’t discussed? What can we expect from SCR?

Jack: 2015 is going to be a great year for us. We are hoping to get a tour started in the near future, we are working on new original music and mash-ups every day. We’re ready to start spreading our music and sharing our passion with the world. MSG in three years is the end goal and I think we have the talent, smarts and drive to make it happen. You’ll be seeing SCR on big city signs sooner than you think.

Brian Leak

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