Members: Sal, Angelo, Lindsay, Joe, Mike
Sweet Cyanide is a Vaudevillian laced blend of David Bowie glam meets Guns N' Roses grit. The band cites the aforementioned artists as major influences and
undoubtedly encompass the sleazy, aggressive yet theatrical characteristics of classic rock that reigned within the timeframe of these super star acts, except with a modern flair. Rock n roll icon Ginger from The Wildhearts summarized the bands sound plain and simple stating, "Great arrangements, Great songs."
The band plans to release its debut self-titled album this October. Although a
new act, Sweet Cyanide are no strangers to the bomb scorched indy music landscape and have a sensible grip on how to succeed there, especially in terms of promotion, marketing and publicity. The band plans to cultivate its fan base through an energetic, engaging live show. Nonetheless, this is a fan base whose foundation has technically already been established from the natural evolution that occurs when two bands marry.
Sweet Cyanide is the combined effort of members of two NYC based bands well
recognized on the regional scene, Crashbox and Moment Theory. Sal Scoca (Vocals/Guitar) and Angelo Fariello(Bass), both from Crashbox developed a solid bond with Mike Bambace (Drums) and Joe Salvatore (Guitar) from Moment Theory. This bond led the two bands to tour regionally together and eventually evolved them into Sweet Cyanide. The lineup tops off with vivacious female vocalist Lindsay Benjamin which gives the band switch-hitting vocal ability, a quality virtually non-existent in commercial music today.
Collectively there is a long list of impressive accomplishments. The final
Crashbox release tallied over 5000 units sold independently and saw significant spins at close to 400 radio stations. The 2nd single from that record, Drown, created a huge buzz charting in at #6 on FMQB charts within a month and remained in the top 10 for three weeks. Drown, written by Scoca, has earned him tremendous credibility as a songwriter from the likes of Metal Edge Magazine.
On the other hand, Moment Theory's last single, Calling Shotgun received
several spotlights on commercial radio stations WDHA 105.5 and CT's WRKI i95.1, and also received recognition from the Billboard magazine independent songwriter's contest as a top independent songwriting entrant.
As Scoca put it, "we're not trying to reinvent the wheel here, just honest music
delivered in a 45 minute live set that will kick you in the teeth." So how does a veteran lineup go about promoting a completely new act first release in the new digital music realm independently? Through extensive touring and creative guerilla marketing.
Sweet Cyanide shows no signs of slowdown and the dedication to itÊ¼s craft is
omnipresent. Benjamin states, "we've already begun composing material for a second release which will have a completely new twist, we're aiming to present traits reminiscent of the earlier days of rock but fit for the new generation of listeners."
Sweet Cyanide's debut self titled album release will be available late October in
FYE, Sam Goody and Barnes and Nobles locations as well as digitally on iTunes,
real.com and many other internet retailers.