Fresh Fruit: Cresca
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Cresca was our first choice, and just seemed to come about naturally after some internet research. It’s a Spanish/Latin word that means “grow”, but, believe it or not, we were previously a pop-punk band that evolved through the local Stairway To Stardom program. It’s a ‘battle of the bands’, except the bands have randomly placed members who are forced to work with people they don’t know. The only member left from those days is Brianna Carmel. That band was called Sidetracked.
Where are you from and what is the most recognisable landmark?
We are from Sacramento, and the most recognisable landmark to the punk scene here is definitely Casa de Chaos. They’ve been putting on shows for local and touring punk bands for too many years to count.
Who is in your band, what do they play, and what is their non-musical superpower?
Brianna: I sing and play bass. My non-musical superpower is figuring out what everyone in the band needs to function as a group… It takes a lot sometimes.
Tristen: I play drums, record guitar (and play to it live), and do various MIDI programming for our shows. My non-musical super power is probably my DIY nature. I’ll try to build anything before I resort to buying it.
Luis: I mostly do keys, and sometimes guitar.
Name your three biggest influences.
Brianna: Hayley Williams of Paramore and Terra Lopez of Rituals of Mine (FKA Sister Crayon), in terms of vocals. Nailing down a specific bass influence is harder, but I guess I’d say Jackie Fox of The Runaways.
Tristen: Opeth, Boris, Deerhoof, and old jazz records.
Luis: The Boredoms, Black Dice, and Pierre Schaeffer.
Whatís the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
“Seen any good movies lately?” More of an inside joke than a serious topic.
Whatís your pre-show warm-up routine?
Watch the other bands and have a smoke.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Deerhoof. They’re one of the bands that inspired us to record our stuff, and do everything by ourselves. They also happen to live a small hop over in San Francisco.
Whatís the most exciting album youíve listened to recently?
Brianna: I haven’t had the chance to listen to it all the way through, but every track I’ve heard from The Kills’ new Ash And Ice record gets me so pumped.
Tristen: I’m Happy. Anyway, I’m Not Dying. by the local artist Not is a great ambient guitar album, and the last album I remember absolutely blowing my mind.
Luis: Probably Death Grips 3.0 by kettleonwater.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our latest single is “No Capture, No Release (ft. Intrinsic)”, and you should buy it because it has a fire rap in the second verse! …Which is followed by a beautiful mellotron melody that leads into an awesome closing chorus. And it’s only a dollar.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
You’d think we’d choose Orange because Tristen owns an Orange amp, but our first choice would probably be Korg. Their equipment is invaluable to our live performance, and we would not be nearly this far musically if they didn’t exist.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We hope that everyone in our scene will push themselves hard enough to make it to the top. But if we ever do “make it”, so to speak, it’ll be because we have the work ethic and self-awareness to evolve both our music and ourselves. Maybe one day, we’ll be at a point where people see our work at the top, but to us, it’s always just a rung in the never-ending ladder to musical nirvana.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Brent Hinds of Mastodon.
Wrap your ears around Cresca’s latest single “No Capture, No Release (ft. Intrinsic)” below!
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