Rock City Nottingham 24th March 2014.
New York Rockers – The Cringe supported the mighty Steel Panther at Rock City in Nottingham tonight. Before the show we got to have a quick chat with John Cusimano, vocals, guitar, keys and Shawn Pelton on drums……(which can be found here). During my research, I read that these guys are considered socially acceptable, radio air play viable and considered inoffensive, which I found to be a complete contrast, knowing the Panther’s material, so I asked them how they got to be supporting them tonight. John laughed and said, “Some how we offended them, they liked us and asked us to come along for the ride.” Well, any band that supports the best live act in the world (2 years in a row) are sure to get a lot of attention and a few more fans along the way, so its a no brainer really!
The Cringe had a full house to perform in front of tonight (including Canadian rockers Monster Truck) which must be a good feeling no matter where you play. Being a relatively unknown act here in the UK, the packed out crowd, looking forward to Steel Panther, were polite and listed to these guys play. To The Cringe’s credit, they played two well known covers, the first being a Black Sabbath track, which got the crowd going and even had a mini mosh pit in the centre of the crowd at one point. The second track was a Thin Lizzy cover, ‘Jail Break’, which they made their own. Both of these songs helped the crowd to relate with the band – which is the point of doing a cover, however, their own material was upbeat and similar in style to the covers they played. John, on vocals seemed to be having a whale of a time, especially the crowd surfing stunt he pulled during a long guitar solo. He even went walk a bout, towards the end of their set, along the front row, giving high fives to all the punters pressed up against the barrier.
All in all The Cringe are a cool rock and roll band and certainly helped to warm the crowd up for Steel Panther. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how the rest of the gig went, as I was only granted permission to photograph the support band, which is a real shame but it was a pleasure to be introduced to the New Yorkers, The Cringe, so all was not lost.
Great to talk to, capable musicians with some catchy, non offensive, rock and roll tunes, what more can I ask for! If you like bands such as the Foo Fighters, Robbie Williams, Queen of the Stone Age etc. check out the bands new album, “Hiding in Plain Site” which can be found on HERE !
Review, Interview and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)