Interview – Cedar Boulevard
Cedar Boulevard combines a blend of rock, pop punk and post-hardcore to form a unique and distinctive sound. From the fast paced vocal delivery, dual lead guitar and thumping low end through to the more melodic acoustic, piano and string elements the band covers a wide range of styles and genres. Founded in Australia by Kris Ahlquist and Luke Sharp, but searching for a bigger scene the two moved to North America. Here they found David Mari and Julian Comeau. After releasing their self titled EP the band has set out on a mission to conquer the music scene and gain countless new fans.
We ran a few questions their way to find out a bit more about them.
CROSSRADAR: How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
Kris: I was asked to join a band in high school, I did, I haven’t looked back since, I love hanging out with friends and the feeling of playing.
Julian: I’ve always been a singer, since as far back as I can remember. But I got started making music and taking it more seriously when I decided I wanted to learn the guitar parts on “So Wrong, It’s Right”.
David: My grandfather plays classical guitar and dabbles in the keyboard from time to time so I grew up with music constantly around me. Drums just sort of “clicked” I guess you could say.
Luke: I got my first guitar, decided I was gonna play music for a living and haven’t looked back. A love of music keeps me doing it.
CR: What have been the biggest highlights for the band?
Recording the EP with Shawn Milke (Alesana) and Neil Engle was a huge experience for us. It gave us tons of insight and it really reminded us of why we are doing this, and the same goes for releasing the EP. Putting the music out and receiving such a positive response from fans and press alike was really special for us.
CR: Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
Kris: Bassist wise probably Hunter Burgan, non bassist wise…….Where’s Waldo/Wally, that man can disappear anywhere.
Julian: As far as musical heroes go, I gotta give it to Dave Grohl. That dude’s a total rockstar.
David: Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. The dude is a genius. Every guitar solo is just friggin mind blowing. And then of course I’m gonna have to throw Spiderman in there, he’ll always be my hero.
Luke: Jason Becker, dude is the most shred guy ever and even after losing his ability to play guitar still found a way to make music.
CR: What do you have coming up next?
There are some incredibly exciting things coming for us next year, including a tour in April, that Is currently still to be confirmed. Right now it’s a lot of writing and rehearsing, but I think next year will be a very big year for us.
CR: Where can everyone listening to this interview keep up with your adventures?
We’re really active on social media, so you can connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cedarboulevard) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@cedarboulevard), that way you’ll never miss a beat.