The Cellspringers: Ready to Rock and Rage
Meet The Cellspringers, an up and coming band ready to rock your world! They’ve played at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go many times, opening for the likes of Y&T, Frank DiMino of Angel, Enuff Z’Nuff and The Atomic Punks. On the hard rocking punk side of the spectrum, The Cellspringers unleash a good deal of passion and conviction in their music. All this, and their live performance are absolutely off the hook! We caught up with the trio outside The Whisky to find out more about The Cellspringers and their exciting brand of rock and rage. Read on…
Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in The Cellspringers…
Cedric: My name is Cedric and I play bass and I sing for the Cellspringers.
Vinny: I’m Vinny and I play guitar.
Tyler: I’m Tyler and I play the drums.
How many times have you played The Whisky and what can one expect from your live show?
Vinny: About 15 times. High energy.
Tyler: Every time we come here, the crowd is always a big factor. They’re always pumped at The Whisky. You’re always going to have good fans, rock and roll fans. They’re all going to come out here and really support a band. It’s good. We get a great vibe from the crowd. They really dig it, so it really helps bring our energy out. That’s what we love about The Whisky, is the fans that come here to check out the bands. They really make the show.
Where are you from and what is your local music scene like?
Tyler: We’re from the Palmdale/Lancaster area and the scene out there is what it is. It’s kinda small but it’s really good though. There’s a lot of great bands and talent out there. Just some really cool spots to play at. It’s not much, it’s not like LA, as big as it is where you can go to all these different places, but it’s cool. Hardcore, dedicated fans who are really about the music scene. So it was cool for us when we first entered in, they embraced it and helped us become a better band.
Select two songs and what inspired the lyrics.
Cedric: We have POS (Piece of Shit), right? I guess lyrically, it’s about everyone does things that are not necessarily good. How that brings us all together. We also have “Basket Case,” which is about feeling a little crazy sometimes. The chorus is “is there something wrong with me?” So, the whole question is – is there something wrong with me? That whole idea, maybe the way we live life or maybe the way we do things isn’t’ necessarily the right way but it’s the way we do things. Is that right or wong?
What inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Cedric: Originally I’m from Georgia, man, so I’m really far from home and a lot of it has to do with the whole contrast between doing what you would expect or what your parents would expect you to do. For me in my case, at least. Or doing what you want to do, which for me is rock and roll music. I think that’s where a lot of my lyrics come from, that contrast of what you’re expected to do and what you want to do.
You’re the youngest member in the band at 15. How long have you been playing and how did you become involved in a band at such a young age?
Vinny: It’s been about 5 years now since I’ve been playing. Where I used to get lessons, the guy at the main desk he heard me play and thought I was really good so he had a band that played this monthly gig somewhere. I went on stage and played with them and one of the people from his band introduces me to another guy and we played – that’s how Cedric came into that band and that’s how me and Cedric hooked up. Cedric introduced me to Tyler.
If the Cellspringers could open for any band now or from the past, who and why?
Vinny: Rage Against The Machine. We have a similarity in our music, I think. High energy.
Tyler: If there’s any band I hope we can open for it’d be SIXX:AM. For me, Nikki Sixx is one of my icons so it’d be really cool to open up with them. They bring an energy with their music that I really enjoy and I think we would be able to match that and have a really good show.
Cedric: From the 60’s, I think The Hendrix Experience. I think it’d be cool to open for them if we had the chance.
What’s up next?
Cedric: We have a single recording on Sunday. It’s “Swine” we played it tonight. It addresses the whole idea, there’s a lot that’s been going on in social media in general and our country in general with police brutality. We’re releasing a song that addresses that. We’re recording a music video and doing a single and hopefully we can release this whole thing as sort of a package. An idea or concept that hopefully people can get behind. We’ll see.
Do you have any message for people reading this now who should check your band out?
Cedric: We’re kick ass rock and roll. I think we’re looking for a good time, if you’re looking for good music to listen to. Something to kinda get a vibe, get some energy. Definitely check us out.
Vinny: If you’re looking for some high energy and some good stuff, just listen to us if you want to have a fun show.
Tyler: If you truly like rock and roll I think you’ll be really interested in what we have to bring.
(Interview and Band Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue )
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