The Cringe

The Cringe

The Cringe consists of some celebrated names such as drummer, Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen), guitarist James Rotondi (ex- Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (Tina Parol, Alice Smith), and frontman/guitarist John Cusimano, who also happens to be celebrity chef Rachael Ray's husband...

How many hats do you own?

Not as many as Shawn Pelton.

Last kind of pie you ate?

Buttermilk pie at Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC

Ever have a Hotmail account?


Craziest thing you have done for money?

I can't be bought off that easily.

Basement or Attic?


Something you would recommend:

Repelling down the side of a canyon

Favorite scent?

My wife's cooking

Ever had a membership to anything?

Bacon of the month club (current member).

After performing for nearly a decade, what has been the most important change you have made since you first formed?

We stopped wearing Kabuki makeup.

Steve Lillywhite is one of the most legendary producers in music history, what input did he have on your latest album?

His invaluable input occurred to a large degree during the recording process and his suggestions ranged from simple and direct (i.e., turn the shaker way up -- like an old 1960's record); to more involved and complex (i.e., challenge yourselves not only as players but as performers). His advice always seems to bring the records to a level that would otherwise be beyond a band's reach.

Interview by Kara Johnson