If ever there is a time to put your hectic life aside and just have fun, it has to be when The Cry comes to town. From Portland, Oregon, founding members Ray Nelson (guitar/vocals) and Brian Crace (guitar/vocals) join fellow band members Michael “Corsh” Cortichiato (bass/vocals), Joey Brewley (drums), and Victor Franco (keys/guitar/vocals) to bring a fresh new spin on retro rock guaranteed to make you forget the worries of the day.
Music is serious business. Although the music is light-hearted, it takes hard work and dedication to get just the right sound. Nelson, a prolific songwriter says, “When I started playing guitar, I started when I was really young, and I kind of just got stuck in a rut, where all I could play was like the same three chords. I would write a song with those three chords every which way, but it wasn’t till I met Brian (Crace) that I started learning different chords. As a guitar player, I still look up to Brian. He’s like my favorite guitar player.” The process of making music helps the artists put it all together in the cohesive and polished sound we hear at the show.
Old becomes new. The classic rock sound is impossible to miss when listening to The Cry, but it never presents as dated or irrelevant. Crace explains, “It’s just what we listen to. I mean, we like all the old stuff, but we also hear new bands that are doing a similar thing…..we hear these old songs, but we kind of do them our way.” Not intending to be a revivalist band, The Cry has taken the best from the past and made it into a modern sound for a new wave of fans. Their music may be based on music from former decades, but it is all about how we live and play in today’s world.
A great song is one that passes the car test. Nelson admits that though a song is never perfect, there is ‘a point of diminishing returns’. After recording all day, it is important to take yourself out of it. Nelson and Crace take the music to the car and listen to it. They can analyze where the music needs more or less of a specific element by paying close attention to the sound they hear. They use the car test because that is the place where fans will hear it the most. By listening in the same place and time as fans listen to their music, The Cry finds it easier to choose the very best songs to bring to their audience.
One is the loneliest number. Lyrics from the song, “Sleeping Alone” say, “All day and night we will be having fun/But lately, you’ve been moving right away from me/You know, now I see how lonely love can be” in an honest expression of how people grow apart. Contrary to the upbeat music behind the song, it is a stark look at a heart-wrenching turn of events when one person is more invested in a partnership than the other. Interpretations may vary from what the songwriter intended or felt when writing the words, but Nelson and Crace are simply thrilled when a listener finds their own meaning in the music.
The live performance is high energy and tailor-made for dancing and singing along. The music features catchy hooks set to a classic rock beat and it is impossible not to tap a foot or sway in time with the rhythms. With a successful European tour under their belt and the current headlining U.S. tour underway, The Cry is looking forward to their next album, and will begin recording when they return home.