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Cryptic Street: 10 question interview


Cryptic Street are coming all the way from Malta to play for us on 11 August and we can't wait to welcome them! We got to know them a bit better with 10 questions ...
  1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Anyone covering our songs would be the biggest honour! Though if I had to pick, Bass Drum of Death.

  1. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

That’s a tricky one, though I think having Zack De La Rocha (RATM) on vocals with Leona would be an interesting idea, to say the least.

  1. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

The last complete song we wrote was ‘Las Niñas Locas’ – a song which we actually wrote in more than one country (Leona wrote the lyrics on a train in Madrid – as the name implies)! It pretty much started because we were in the mood for a fun track since at that point we were excited and looking forward to a handful of gigs overseas.

  1. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 
  1. Either our album launch or our opening performance for Acid Mothers Temple in Glasgow. The former was the latest big milestone for our career, though the latter was equally great because getting to see the main band in the front having a blast while you play is honestly amazing.
  2. Hands down when I went to see Opeth in November 2016. Getting to see that band bringing their songs to life in person was just so beautifully surreal.


  1. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.

I assume that there’ll be some that know of this, but Fever the Ghost’s Zirconium Meconium is a quirky listen.

  1. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

Listening, learning, and practicing to move forward is the most important thing. Always write and record ideas, go to gigs, talk and listen to other musicians. Learn the importance of moving forward with exposure without neglecting the importance of moving forward musically!

  1. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
    The Way of All Flesh – Gojira
    Watershed – Opeth
    Dormant Heart – Sylosis


  1. What are your musical goals?

My personal goals are to see what my musical voice can develop into – as well as to see how far it can reach.

  1. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?

We’re currently working on a bunch of new material that we really look forward to sharing with you!

  1. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
  1. Opeth – Their prog influenced metal just really resonates with my enjoyment of heavy music featuring fancy melody work.
  2. Gojira – My original ‘angry music with a cause’ inspiration – It’s the kind of stuff you could angrily kick down a door to, with a prominent and consistent message on environmental activism.
  3. Sylosis – Even though they’re sadly on indeterminate hiatus, this is a band that I’ve been well into for the past 5 years at the very least, their guitar melodies and drum work especially.
  4. Tesseract / Amos Williams (bass) – An amazing band all round, but Amos gets a special mention since he’s known from taking inspiration from the likes of Les Claypool and Victor Wooten and adapting their concepts into his own, vastly different genre.
  5. Nolly GetGood (ex-Periphery) – He gets a mention for having the most tightly written bass riffs and the killer tone I take inspiration from.

Catch Cryptic Street live in London on 11 August at LOUD WOMEN at the Hope & Anchor


Album Review: Cryptic Street’s ‘Titty Monster’

31081349_1688943841193452_3934250653714481152_nReview by Temmuz – the drummer of Turkey's Secondhand Underpants.
Cryptic Street‘s record ‘Titty Monster’ sounds like a seductive monster that can talk human beings into some angry sex. Though the monster is not a roaring giant titty, but a titty in disguise of a post-rock lover tomboy (our monster is also a big fan of Warpaint).
The record is delicate and vicious at times, with its dominant basslines (I have to add this: “chuggidy chug” bass, a friend called it), and very desirous other times with the effects that highlight the ambitious self-expressiveness in the vocals and guitars. The insistence on using these moody effects (such as in the instrumental track, which is my favorite, ‘Island Blues’) make the album sound somewhat psychedelic. All the songs invite the listener to join the celebration of joyful and angry creative energy and not care about what “professionals” aka the “mansplainers” think.

But the DIY attitude in the album does not really come from the very well-done production (apparently it is crowdfunded which parallels their punk attitude), but more from the improvisational-feeling song structures and effect choices. In other words, the album is perfectly produced but it manages to sound nicely random at the some time, with a touch of the passion in Savages and fun in some masculine metal. It really sounds like Cryptic Street is interested in collage and collaboration. I love the mixture of pop-rock feeling and aggressive vocals in “Don’t Need No Men” and “Damaged” for example.
Though our monster wants to stay punk even when it is not, thus oscillates between being an adult and a kid.

Cryptic Street are based in Malta, and will be playing LOUD WOMEN in London on 11 August. In the meantime, find them on Facebook!

video of the day: Cryptic Street drop ‘Let’s Go Suki’

Our fave Maltese girls have an awesome DIY video out. Looking forward to welcoming them to London this summer when they play LOUD WOMEN 11 August at the Hope & Anchor

Website: http://www.crypticstreet.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/crypticstreet Twitter: http://twitter.com/crypticstreet Instagram: http://instagram.com/crypticstreet Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/cryptic-street/ Spotify: https://goo.gl/dmAvXo