Cindy - Further Listening Playlist
San Francisco has been turning up a lot of our favourite bands these past few years, with the SF labels Mt St Mtn and Paisley Shirt, along with Tough Love in the UK, bringing most of them to our attention. Cindy's third record, 1:2, has been on heavy rotation here for months and has finally seen release this week (as a Dinked Edition, or on blue vinyl).
BUY: Cindy - 1:2
To follow up the Further Listening playlist Cindy's Karina Gill made us for her other band Flowertown, we have another here. As usual (these San Francisco bands all seem to have impeccable taste) there's some great stuff here. But before we get to that, the band kindly answered a few questions for us
- Tell us a little about how Cindy came together?
Cindy has a somewhat haphazard origin story. Karina started writing songs, after working out a few simple covers on a found guitar with the help of the internet. She wasn't connected to the music scene in San Francisco yet and wasn't thinking about having a band. Simon lived in the same house, overheard Karina and offered to play drums. They played a few times together, and, on one of those days, Karina was at the grocery store and Jesse was the cashier. They'd met once before briefly through friends of friends, but couldn't have told you each others' names. Jesse did the polite cashier thing of asking how Karina's day was and she said it was great because she got to play music. Jesse said he wished he'd played music that day and Karina asked if he played bass and they exchanged phone numbers. Karina met Aaron a year or so later at a party in a small beach town north of San Francisco. Karina had been wanting to find a keyboard/synth player since the band started and Aaron's joining the band felt really natural.
- Were you all in bands previously?
Simon has been playing music for a long time and has played in a number of San Francisco bands, including Curse of the Birthmark and Fuckwolf, and currently plays with other projects. Aaron was in POW! (LA) and has a project with a friend called Gravité. Jesse has had other projects, including a longstanding current project called Names. Cindy was Karina's first experience of playing music.
- What were the bands that changed it all for you growing up?
For Karina, it's not so much about a band in particular but encounters with music. Maybe most central was a series of mixtapes that a penpal made for Karina around age eleven. There were all sorts of music on these tapes, but the early punk and early post-punk tapes really made an impression.
Simon was exposed to nothing but Top 40 growing up, and didn't discover classic rock until high school. Exposure to punk rock and the rest came even later. It wasn't until first hearing the band Arab On Radar in his twenties that Simon became inspired to start making his own music.
BUY: Cindy - 1:2