Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ CRUISR

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Philadelphia indie-pop foursome CRUISR are currently on a North American tour with The 1975. Ahead of their two sold-out Toronto shows, we spoke with the band to discuss their debut EP All Over, touring together, and fun driving games. Enjoy!

AMBY: Hey CRUISR, thanks for having a chat with us. Please introduce yourselves to our readers.

CRUISR: Thanks for having us!

Jonathan Van Dine: I’m Jon and I play drums.

Andy States: I’m Andy and I sing and play guitar.

AMBY: You recently released your debut EP All Over, congrats! What was the most exciting and challenging aspect of making it come to life?

Jonathan Van Dine: For me, the entire process was super exciting in that we had just signed with Vagrant Records and that they were putting it out. I grew up listening to so many bands on Vagrant Records and just the feeling of being a small part of the label was incredible (and still is). We got to work on it with Andrew Maury who made it sound unbelievable.

Andy States: For me the most challenging aspect was translating the demos to the studio environment. The process of recreating something you have grown to love can be extremely taxing. The most exciting was being in the studio and being surrounded by other people who I really look up to.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the title All Over?

Andy States: The title of the EP is from the song All Over, which is about embracing the emotional messiness involved in passionate relationships.

AMBY: In support of the EP’s release, you soon embark on a North American tour with The 1975. What do you look forward to most?

Jonathan Van Dine: Playing to thousands of people a night and getting to see new cities.

Andy States: Ditto that.

AMBY: The band just played a few shows during CMJ. How’s tour life been going for you all?

Jonathan Van Dine: Well as of right now, we’ve never toured as a band. That all changes Saturday (11/1) in Montreal. We were in NYC for a few days for CMJ crashing on some couches and playing shows, which was pretty fun! It was good practice for our upcoming 7 week tour with The 1975.

Andy States: It’s been sort of surreal so far. I think we’re still adjusting to life on the road. We’ve been building the band in Philadelphia and only doing small stints on the road so touring is a big switch for us. We’ve spent the last month revamping our live show and bringing things up to a new level to get ready, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.

AMBY: What are some things you like to do for fun while on the road?

Jonathan Van Dine: Fireworks.

Andy States: We’ve got a game going where we claim ownership of the cows we see while driving. I don’t really know the rules.

AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?

Jonathan Van Dine: 1976 at Record Plant Studios in CA to watch Fleetwood Mac record ‘Rumours’.

Andy States: Bahama Bay during DJ Kool’s performance/recording of ‘Let Me Clear My Throat’.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about CRUISR that nobody knows yet?

Andy States: The artwork for the All Over EP is based on an Arctic Splash Iced Tea, which is an inside reference to Fishtown, the neighborhood we live in. Everywhere you go you see them littered on the ground. It’s not the nicest thing, but everyone sort of jokes about it. Some bars have even gone as far as making “Fishtown Iced Teas”, which is basically a Long Island built into the drink carton.


Thank you CRUISR, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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