This week I wanted to write about a band that’s recently captured my admiration, but is considered relatively underground. On June 11, 2015, I saw Cruisr at the Orange Peel opening for the band Bleachers and despite just being the opening band, they blew my mind. As soon they started their first song the fun, upbeat, and melodic vibe caught my attention.
Cruisr began as a solo project of Philadelphia native Andy States, who produced music in his home under the name Cruiser (notice the “e” in there). Eventually, States teamed up with Youth Lagoon’s Jeremy Park to form CRUISR and the band’s first EP.
Now, Cruisr is a 4 man band signed to the label Vagrant Records. Their line-up consists of Andy States (Vocals, Guitar), Jon Van Dine (Drums), Kyle Cook (Bass), and Bruno Catrambone (Guitar). Their genre is considered to be indie/surfer pop, with a sound similar to a mixture of The 1975 and Vampire Weekend.
They have yet to release a full-length album; therefore, I cannot do a typical album review. So I’ll just do an Artist Spotlight by reviewing some of the music they have released and talk about the band.
The band’s discography consists of multiple 2-3 song EPs and one (sort-of) album. The album is a self-titled album consisting of eight songs & two remixes. My personal favorite from the album is the song “Throw Shade” for two reasons: first, is that the title is “Throw Shade” which is hilarious and second, the lyrics are so sassy and relatable (ex. “If you wanna throw shade, I’m gonna throw you away.”)
Their biggest hit (based on Youtube views) is the song “All Over” and it’s their most popular song for a reason; it incases every characteristic Cruisr fans have come to love. With a blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,” has an pop structure that immediately induces head bobs and smiles.
I could describe every song they have, but I’ll just give you an overall description of the band as a whole. Some keywords I would use to sum up what their music sounds like would be…playful, carefree, wistful, atmospheric, and bubbly. I love listening to them with friends, when I’m in a positive mood, and when I feel like dancing,
Not only do they have a delightful pastel aesthetic that appeals to the Tumblr-hipster within me, their music is the kind you want to blast while driving on the Parkway with your windows down and your best friend in the seat next to you.
This comment on one of their songs on Youtube perfectly sums up my feelings for this band, which is why I’m deeming them The X Factor Artist You Should Know
Here’s a link to the song “Throw Shade” for some convenient listening.