In its debut album, SuperHuman, Cinder Road attempts to tackle a feat that is rarely pulled off nowadays. The band's singer Mike Ruocco said it hoped to create a high-quality
album from start to finish, with no throwaway songs.
"I have always had music around our house," Ruocco said. "Very early on, I took my mother's Def Leppard Hysteria cassette and they changed my life. I knew rock 'n' roll was
my calling after that. So, when we made SuperHuman I wanted to create an album similar to Hysteria, an album that you could listen to from start to finish.
An album with no filler; up-tempo songs, ballads, run the range of emotions musically."
SuperHuman dances across the emotional spectrum from song to song with raw and dirty rockers and meaningful ballads. It follows suit with some of the better hard rock albums
made recently by bands like Hinder, with biting guitar riffs, melodic and meaningful solos and Ruocco's smooth, yet raspy vocals.
Cinder Road's consistent delivery of quality tracks has paid huge dividends, most specifically with a slot touring with the band Daughtry. The band earned the spot after its manager let the music do
"Our manager played SuperHuman for the Daughtry guys and they liked the music," Ruocco said. "So, we basically earned our spot the old-fashioned way, through the music."
The Maryland band was formed in September of 2005. Aside from the slot on Daughtry's sold-out winter tour, the band has played shows in Japan, South Korea, Guam and Greenland during the United States
military's Armed Forces tours.
"The Daughtry tour has been an unbelievable experience for us," Ruocco said. "The Daughtry guys are great to us and the fans are incredible. You couldn't put us in front of a better
audience for our type of music. We have been able to make a ton of new fans and hopefully they stick with us for the long run."
The creation process behind SuperHuman, slated for release on May 15 on EMI/Union records, involved Ruocco, the band's producer Marti Fredrickson (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne)
and a pair of acoustic guitars.
"When we sat down to write SuperHuman, Marti Fredrickson and I teamed up and co-wrote the record at his studio in California," Ruocco said. "It was basically just him and I,
with a couple acoustic guitars, throwing ideas around. The chemistry worked with Marti and I, so the songs came pretty easily."
Ruocco has no specific method for songwriting. His song lyrics are generally spurred off of an initial idea ᾢ either a melody or riff.
The toughest challenge for a hard rock band in today's music industry is reaching the masses through one's music, Ruocco said.
"Unfortunately, fewer and fewer bands are getting the opportunity to release records on a large-scale and, fortunately, we will get that opportunity," he added. "Hopefully, we will also be able to have
some success at radio. That is also becoming a harder and harder medium to break."
Preview tracks from SuperHuman are available on Cinder Road's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/cinderroad.
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