The Cringe – “Hiding In Plain Sight” (Sony / RED)
As eclectic and diverse as their city is, so it is with these New Yorkers who, despite supporting Steel Panther are no hair rocker band and have supported Cheap Trick and Big Country! Although compared to the Queens Of The Stone Age and the Foo Fighters – and there are certainly elements of them in there – they also return me to the days of The Masters Of Reality in 1989, especially in John Cusimano’s blues / soul vocals on the Bible Belt sounding ‘Lord Jim’ whose lyrics ride the dark cloud of music before a resounding organ almost brings forth an epiphany! Elsewhere they mix organ and grunge on the Nirvana like ‘Get Me Some’ before taking me right back to the late 70s of The Knack like ‘Gotta Find A Way’ with its tight, punchy new wave punk. Made up of Bruce Springsteen drummer Shawn Pelton and My Bungle’s James Rotondi, The Cringe live up to their name in many ways by resurrecting a whole range of rock that I’d though relegated to the deleted bins but in hindsight and as per their album’s title, have shed much needed light on some seminal rock probably unknown to at least a coupla generations of young rockers out there. Go see ’em and do some catching up in what must be one amazing gig.