By: Chris Pizzolo
CRUISR is a fun Philadelphia based band whose sound is right in time for the death of winter and birth of spring. A sexy, catchy, infectious sound that induces bopping and smiles, CRUISR has amassed a large social fanbase and are currently on tour with indie-cult punks Bleachers.
I was lucky enough to have an intimate roundtable discussion with Jon and Andy from CRUISR about the bands formation, and it’s future. Be sure to check them out while their on the road and pick up their latest release on iTunes.
Play Too Much: Where does the band name come from?
Andy: When I thought of the name Cruiser, which later became CRUISR, it just made sense to me given the type of music I was making. It reminds me of the bikes and skateboards, and when I said it and I remember just being like, “That’s it.”
PTM: Ha, totally appropriate name. I’m sure with that sort of name and sound you guys have gigging must be a blast. Do you have a favorite gig to date?
Andy: With every show we’ve been gaining confidence as a band, and each show seems to be more fun than the last at this point. If you held a gun to my head I’d probably say when we played at Firefly last year. That was the first time I remember seeing a crowd of people I didn’t know singing along to our songs.
Jon: My favorite show to date would be when we played the famous and massive Tower Theater in Philadelphia when on tour with The 1975. It was such a special show and our families were there. It kind of was the exact picture I had in my head since I was a kid when I dreamt of playing music. We had been away from home for 5 weeks, so it just was an incredible “homecoming”.
PTM: That’s amazing. It’s always special to come home after a long run. So, you guys get a tremendous response on platforms like Soundcloud. Do you remember the first feeling of seeing your songs plays go into the hundred-thousand play mark, and what were your thoughts?
Andy: That first time to us was about a year and a half ago with Kidnap Me. It was without a doubt an amazing feeling for us. When we’re working on a song, we pour everything we have into it. Losing sleep over lyrics, spending money on equipment and studio time and working as hard as we possibly can to make it amazing, without any guarantee that people will actually like it. When you see those numbers online it’s a great feeling. You know that all that hard work was worth it and that you’re actually reaching people and having an impact on them.
PTM: Totally. If I remember correctly, I remember reading that CRUISR started as the solo project of Andy, I’m curious how the band’s progression has changed the writing dynamic?
Andy: For the most part I still do the majority of the writing but we’ve begun to work the other guys into the process. The one thing I can’t really do all to well is drums so working with our drummer Jon has been a big help in putting the songs together. It’s definitely a tricky thing for us as a band. Everyone in the band is so talented and beyond capable of making great music, but it can be difficult to hand over the reins, specifically when you already have an idea of where the songs should go in your head.
PTM: Does opening for an artist like Bleachers shift the dynamic of your goals or focus in any way as a band?
Andy: Not at all. We have our own trajectory as a band and while we are very grateful to get to go on tour with a band like Bleachers the goals that we have remain constant to what they were from day one. To me playing with Bleachers represents us progressing as a band and continuing towards those goals.
PTM: What would you say the biggest change has been from “All Over” to “Go For It”?
Andy: I think musically not a lot has changed despite those being two very different songs. I do think we’ve grown a lot as band since All Over though, and we are constantly looking to explore new territory as a band, and I think you can hear that in Go For It.
Jon: I think with Go For It, there’s a greater sense of restraint that creates a lot of space within the song. Andy was really smart in the way he wrote and arranged the song, and I think it also shows that CRUISR has the ability to push the boundaries of our previous material.
PTM: What are you guys most excited about as a band, and what would you like people to know about you?
Andy: What we’re really excited about right now is the new songs. We’ve got a lot of great stuff started and are looking forward to sharing more and more songs with the world over the course of the next year.
Jon: As Andy mentioned, we cannot wait to share new music with the world! I also am excited to tour and revisit the cities we hit up last year. It’s really exciting to see things progress the way they are and we’ve only just gotten started.