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Cymbals Eat Guitars’ lead singer Joseph D’Agostino reveals his rock ’n’ roll heart on the Staten Island indie quartet’s third album, 2014’s Lose. Written in memory of his friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High, Lose also confronts the loss of one’s youth and one’s ability to believe that a single album can change the world. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the band from trying. And just as The Gaslight Anthem or The Hold Steady grab ahold of their guitars and aim for reviving the masses, Cymbals Eat Guitars have found their own distinct voice for rallying the troops. Songs like “Jackson,” “Warning,” “XR," and “Place Names” start the album on an aggressive note, with D’Agostino’s vocals working from a Conor Oberst–type cry to a Prince-like falsetto to get his point across. The instrumentalists aren’t afraid to explore the songs' outer reaches, and whether it’s the gentler cadences of “Child Bride,” the epic stand of “Laramie,” or the slowly swaying waltz of “2 Hip Soul,” this is a band that play with determination and a sense that they’re still discovering where their music can go. 

Customer Reviews

Fail Apple

Good music, but why would I pay 10 bucks for the album when I can buy each song individually and get them all for 9 bucks? Fail.

Loving this!!

This album is a combination of great things...passion, musicality, interesting subject matter, interesting vocal delivery, extremely well produced. Some folks will be turned off by the diversity on this album, but, as a musician, I never let my bands get too 1-dimensional, so I adore it. If I had to lump in some influences/similarities, I'd say it sounds mostly like Les Savy Fav, but only in parts. Other sneak influences appear as Rancid ("XR") and even some Killers (Chambers). It starts off with classic CEG, gets progressively faster/stronger the first few songs. My standout tracks: Jackson, Child Bride, and 2 Hip Soul. There are a bunch of great songs, I'm only slightly turned off by XR, as it just doesn't seem like a CEG track. On Child Bride, I always love when a rough/tough band can write a modern day ballad, something with room to breathe, something beautiful.

Win Apple

Excellent album, similar sound to Modest Mouse and Built To Spill.

By the way, buying the album includes the digital booklet which enables you to read and better understand the songs fine lyrics (well worth the extra dollar).

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An indie rock band from New York City, Cymbals Eat Guitars made their critically acclaimed full-length album debut in 2009. Founded one year prior, the band comprises Joseph D'Agostino (aka Joseph Ferocious; vocals, guitars), Matt Cohen (guitar), Neil Berenholz (bass), Matthew Miller (drums), and Daniel Baer (keyboards). D'Agostino, the band's chief songwriter, first began playing with Miller in high school. Starting in the tenth grade, the two performed covers of songs from the first two Weezer...
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