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BAND KICKS OFF 2015 TOUR AT SOPER REESE THEATRE
Posted: 02/12/15, 9:39 AM PST |
Lakeport>> Jesse, Kyle and Jaden Crosson and Jacob and Connor Gill share more than just familial bonds. Three and a half years ago, the two sets of brothers joined forces to create indie rock band Cheating Daylight. And while this musical connection isn’t necessarily more powerful than their family ties, it’s certainly significant in its own way. “I really do think that brothers, when it comes to music, I think we know what we’re all thinking and we can communicate on a different level,” Jesse Crosson commented.
The young rockers have some serious ambition. “This is my whole life, playing drums. It’s everything I’ve wanted to do since I was 6 and I’m 16 now,” said Jaden Crosson. “I plan on doing this the rest of my life, touring the country and making records … I would never want to do it with anyone else. I think that with all the passion that we have for what we do, we all have the same dreams and ambitions, we plan on turning this into something huge.”
The brothers didn’t set out to make their music into a career, but the band now certainly seems to be heading in that direction. “Music generally starts out as a hobby for everybody,” said Jesse Crosson. “If you play music usually it’s because it makes you feel good to do it. I think we all feel really, really lucky if we can turn something we love into a profession … If we could turn a hobby like music into a career, that’s what we want. We want to be able to do this for our living.”
When Cheating Daylight first formed, the group lived more or less in the same area, attending middle school and high school in Vacaville and Middletown. But a few years down the road and the band is spread out all around Northern California. Kyle, Jesse and Jacob are now college students at Solano Community College, Sacramento State and UC Berkeley, respectively. Jaden and Connor still attend high school. But despite the distance and high levels of flux, the group still manages to come together at least once a week for shows or rehearsal.
However, making time for a performance or practice isn’t without its challenges. “Sometimes we’ll still have to miss a week of class to go to L.A. or something,” Jacob Gill said. “We did a four day stint on the Epic Proportions tour.” While making up for missed days is undoubtedly challenging, the group knows that they these are difficulties they signed up for.
“You just have to make sacrifices,” said Kyle Crosson. “Sacrificing as a band is something we do well together because we all have the same dream. Music to all of us is our number one goal.”
Jacob Gill expressed a similar sentiment. “I know people who are athletes in college or are super involved in other things and you make time for whatever you’re passionate about and we make it happen somehow or other,” he said.
It’s clear that the band has a high level of commitment to the music, the band’s future and one another, but when more pressing issues do arise, each brother can count on helping hands from the rest of the group. “If there’s something they need, anything that we can do or anything that anyone needs to do, we’ll always accommodate it,” said Kyle Crosson. “It’s a group effort and we’ll always support each other no matter what.”
This support never seems to waver. The phrase “fight like siblings” can’t really be applied to these particular guys. “Musically it’s more advantageous being family sometimes,” said Jesse Crosson. “There is a certain kind of musical chemistry as brothers. I don’t know if it’s genetic or what.” The rest of the group murmured in assent.
With a Vans Warped Tour date, a performance at the famous Whisky A Go Go and a decent list of red carpet music industry awards, Cheating Daylight’s chemistry, plus a good deal of talent and hard work, has certainly paid off. “[Warped Tour] was pretty incredible. We got to meet and see a lot of bands that we admired and are influenced by,” said Jacob Gill. “Probably in terms of our fan base it was definitely a big deal for us.”
Like any good music group, Cheating Daylight knows their fans are the gateway to success. “I think social media is a big part of getting your name out there and staying in touch with your fans,” said Jaden Crosson. “Definitely social media is one of the biggest keys to having a bigger fan base and reaching out to different parts of the world. I love it.”
Of course, forming solid relationships with fans is of as much importance as the band’s growing success. “We like to keep in touch with our fans,” said Jacob Gill, explaining that the group likes to hold contests and merchandise giveaways. “We just do whatever we can to really engage with our fans. We want to be accessible and have a good relationship with them. Social media is probably one of the biggest parts of that.”
“We do like to interact with our fans,” Jesse Crosson added. “We love it when people follow our own personal accounts too. It’s really cool when fans get to be a part of our lives.”
Though the group forms a virtual relationship with their fans via social media, nothing can replace the connection forged during a live show. “With music it is a very next level connection,” Jesse Crosson said. “It is beyond words, beyond concrete description. It is something you only know if you feel it. It is unlike anything else … Just the feeling of playing music and people engaging in that conversation with us is the best thing ever.”
Jacob Gill agreed, also struggling to put the sensation into words. “My favorite part is probably just the same thing. When you go to a live show there’s a certain connection that forms between the people in the crowd and the people on stage,” he said. “When I’m jamming next to one of these guys there’s just a certain, I don’t know how to describe it exactly, exchange of creative energy. You get to feed off of the crowd and they get to feed off of you. It’s an experience that you can’t really describe and it’s addicting.”
“You see people singing music back to you that you created yourself,” Jaden Crosson said. When the crowd sings along, he thinks, “No matter what happens I’m always going to remember this feeling.”
Connor Gill also expressed enjoying the physical exhilaration of a performance. “I like to be loud enough to where I can feel it,” he said, describing the vibrations of his bass guitar.
Though the group has three albums worth of original music to pull from, everyone likes a good cover, especially when it undergoes a transformation, which is just how Cheating Daylight operates. “We do like to cover more mainstream bands,” said Jaden Crosson, listing Taylor Swift, Goyte and Miley Cyrus as a few recognizable artists. “It’s more, like, poppy so we get to turn it into more rock, edgier, indie style.” “Our favorite kind of cover to do is taking a pop song and turning it into something heavy,” Jacob Gill added. “I hate top 40 but I love top 40 played with guitars.”
When it comes to their original music, each member contributes his own unique influences in forging the band’s sound. Jesse Crosson lists bands like Paramore and Fall Out Boy as highly inspirational as well as classic rock and somewhat from left field, jazz music. Jacob Gill, on the other hand, spends the majority of his time listening to hip hop and metal. Connor Gill is currently on a Simon and Garfunkle kick, but his biggest influences are “heavy” bands like Fall of Troy. Jaden Crosson looks to quirkier artists such as Twenty One Pilots and Of Mice and Men, which he describes as original and artistic. He also proudly admitted to enjoying 5 Seconds of Summer, a guilty pleasure his band mates have perhaps teased him about once or twice. “One might call me a fan girl,” he joked.
“As a group I know we come from a lot of different musical backgrounds,” said Jesse Crosson. “It’s really crazy how eclectic our musical tastes are.”
So it’s no surprise that Cheating Daylight’s sound has varied over the years. “Our music has gone through a transformation … All the music that we’re writing for our third album is indie rock with pop influence,” said Jesse Crosson, though he struggled to give their music a succinct label. The group uses rock guitars and synth sounds. Kyle Crosson’s vocals have pop vibes. “It’s a weird mix but generally we call it indie rock.”
Cheating Daylight’s newest album, “Anywhere by Home” will be released this summer, which means a tour to promote the record, beginning with a kick-off show at the Soper Reese Theatre this coming Saturday. The group is especially excited for this particular show. “Unlike a club where we have a time constraint, we can just do what we want because it’s our home turf,” said Jacob Gill, who anticipates the night to be “one of the best shows of the summer.”
The show begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 14 at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. Tickets are on sale now for $25 and can be purchased online at www.cheatingdaylight.com or www.soperreesetheatre.com and at the Soper Reese Box Office or the Travel Center in Lakeport.
Jennifer Gruenke can be reached at 900-2019.
Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015
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