Having already earned a passionate online following, Cute Is What We Aim For is now ready to spread their joyful noise into the wider world. Described by singer Shaant as "power pop with...
Having already earned a passionate online following, Cute Is What We Aim For is now ready to spread their joyful noise into the wider world. Described by singer Shaant as "power pop with intellectual lyrics," the Buffalo-based band's Fueled By Ramen debut, "THE SAME OLD BLOOD RUSH WITH A NEW TOUCH," abounds with contagious energy, flaunting a distinctive gift for brightly brash melodies and endlessly witty turns of phrase. Throughout exuberant songs such as "I Put The 'Metro' In Metronome" and the animated first single, "There's A Class For This," Shaant flips though his virtual journal to unleash canny couplets detailing anxious post-adolescent introspection as well as his own observations on life, love and the teenage class struggle.
Having paired off in other local combos ï¿½ Shaant and guitarist Jeff Czum in one, bassist Fred Cimato and drummer Tom Falcone in another ï¿½ Cute Is What We Aim For came together in January 2005, driven by the four members' desire to cast their own upbeat spin onto modern pop.
"We just wanted to do something that was fun and refreshing," Shaant says. "Something different, with catchy melodies and a lyrical twist. Our mantra, our mission statement, was let's be ourselves ï¿½ let's be fun, but let's be deep and intelligent at the same time."
Adopting the Cute Is What We Aim For moniker as "an homage to a friend," the band was productive from the get-go, cranking out a series of bedroom demo recordings just moments after uniting. They posted the tracks on MySpace and PureVolume and quickly captured the attention of the blogosphere. "The Internet is amazing," Shaant enthuses. "We owe everything to PureVolume and MySpace and LiveJournal and all the kids out there. I can't even say how adamant I am about giving all the credit for what we've done to the online communities."
From the start, there was a genuine connection between Cute and the kids, much of which can be credited to the simple fact that they too are barely out of their teens. Who better to express the sentiments of their peers than a band of teenagers?
The resulting "THE SAME OLD BLOOD RUSH WITH A NEW TOUCH" more than fulfills Cute's mission to mesh jubilant tunefulness with savvy verbal gymnastics. Songwriters such as Conor Oberst and William Beckett of The Academy Isï¿½ proved a major inspiration for Shaant, moving him to match the band's vibrant melodies with equally energetic lyrical expression. "I've got the gift of one-liners," he announces on "The Curse of Curves," proving it time and time again with his complex and clever wordplay.
Since finishing the record, Cute has begun playing more and more live shows, including headline dates and tours alongside such like-minded artists as Punchline and Jack's Mannequin. With each show, the band has grown in both confidence and charisma, giving euphoric life to the songs of "THE SAME OLD BLOOD RUSH WITH A NEW TOUCH."
"From here on in, we're on the road full time," avows Shaant. "Our biggest concern now is to go out and experience all the things we might've missed so we have a full appreciation of what we've got. I very much worry that because of how fast all this has come that we start taking things for granted. We don't want to abuse this incredible gift that we've been given by everybody."