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Posted Apr 29th, 2009 (3:59 pm) by Amelia England

Lately, California-based indie rockers Cryptacize have been busy juggling a new album release and an American tour. Lucky for us, Nedelle Torrisi took a bit of time to answer some questions about their latest recording (Mythomania), fruit maracas, Europe, and cynical love songs (you know, things we really, really, really love here at Inyourspeakers). If you haven’t heard of Cryptacize yet, I recommend you read on, check out the new album, and try to catch them on the road; they just might be your next musically inclined crush.

Inyourspeakers: You’ve just released Mythomania. How do you guys feel about this album? What were some primary focuses during the creative process?

Nedelle Torrisi: We feel proud of the album and excited for people to hear it. During the writing process we were focusing a lot on developing our song structures, and creating interesting arrangements. Once we had some perspective on our first album "Dig That Treasure" we just tried to improve on the things that we felt needed work.

IYS:How do you think the band has changed since Dig That Treasure? How did putting together Mythomania come about?

N: We are still a new band so things are changing pretty often. The new album is fuller than the last in terms of instrumentation. We just added a bassist to the band. The new songs sound much better with bass!
"Mythomania" was recorded in Chris's parents' cabin near Yosemite. We stayed there for two and a half months and recorded the album. Mike came out a few times to record his parts. He'd take a train from Oakland to Modesto and we'd pick him up from the station.

IYS:I find your music to be joyously uninhibited. What is that like on your end? Is it just as enjoyable to play your songs as it is to listen?

N: Whoa, thank you! I really love playing our songs. I'm always concentrating really hard on delivering the music well, though, so maybe the ideal is getting to the point where all that is effortless and it can be pure, unadulterated fun!!

IYS: As far as lyrics, what does your writing tend to gravitate towards?

N: Lately we were just thinking a lot about the passage of time and reading books about that. Of course there are also some cynical-type love songs, because those are my favorite songs!


IYS: The first time I heard your music was at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City about a year and a half ago. It was a very intimate show; you gave out fruit maracas and everyone got up to dance. Do you like performing in smaller venues?

N: We pretty much always perform in smaller venues. And yeah I like them, it's nice when the audience is up close.

IYS: What is particularly important to you when performing live?

N: Having fun and not letting superfluous things get in the way of that- like bad sound, messing up, stage fright, etc.

IYS: By the way, who introduced fruit maracas to your performances?

N: Mike our drummer. He has a banana maraca. And maybe an avocado one too?

IYS: So you’re currently on tour, about to head over to the old country. How do feel about a European tour compared to an American tour?

N: I love touring in Europe. The hospitality is way sweeter. I do get lonely though. I love seeing friends in different places in the states, and I don't have any friends in Europe. Or barely any...

IYS: Aaron Olsen is a new addition to the band. How did that come about? Did one of you wake up one day and decide it was time for a bassist?

N: We recorded a lot of bass on "Mythomania" and we felt it would be really hard to play those particular songs live without a bassist.

IYS: I think a lot of fantastic musicians have emerged over the past year or two. Is there another band you’ve been excited about lately? Any new additions to your playlists?

N: In terms of newer bands, I really like Ponytail and Nodzzz, when I see them play live they make me so happy. I also love Blackblack. They aren't a new band per se, but they're new to me! And wonderful!

IYS: What’s next for Cryptacize? Anything we should be super pumped about?
N: We're touring in Europe and the US this summer, and then when we get home we're moving to LA, believe it or not. And we're going to start writing and recording some new stuff.

Last question: Can music save us from Global Warming? Or are we all doomed?

N: We're definitely doomed but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take responsibility for ourselves and take care while it lasts!

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