By: Caitlin Hoffman
Free shows. Free downloads. Honest to goodness goodness.
You know a band has real passion for music when theyâ€™re willing to give it away for free. And thatâ€™s what the Cygnets are all about- plugging it in and shelling it out, with no thought towards personal gain. Theyâ€™ve been streaming their latest album and collecting baskets full of new fans. Did I mention theyâ€™re giving away their album free at their shows, too?
I can never express how sincerely I love bands like this. In this industry, you have too many people willing to forsake their pride and/or ideals for a royalty cheque. Iâ€™m sure the Cygnets could sell out and be quite comfortable because of that. But they refuse to succumb to that glittering toxicity, and that makes me wanna give them a big, squishy hug.
In the latest album Dark Days (yep, the one thatâ€™s literally priceless) they experiment with synth and retro rock influences without going over the top. Their music is fluid- it could fit any time, any place. It fills your brain with cloudy skies and imprints of dreams you thought you left behind. You wonâ€™t necessarily mosh, but sway. Who knows, they may inspire you to scribble poetry on the bottom of your napkin before the night is out.
I applaud them for going ahead and producing this album themselves. This clearly allowed them to explore and expand without being held back. It certainly reeks of a dark sexiness, and Iâ€™m certainly not complaining.
In particular, I find myself haunted by Bleak Decades. This song screams in whispers, reminding me of The Cure, or better songs from Tears For Fears. The overall affect of their New Wave influence is delicious.
Another local band (local for me, anyway) with yummy indie ideals. I am pleased.