I’m a sucker for a glorious shoegaze hook. The first measure of Cilience’s song, “Promises” doesn’t disappoint, kicking immediately into high gear with the title line sung in glorious acapella arrangement that demands attention. The track stays salient and creative throughout the verse and back to the chorus, with ineffable nods to the best alt-rock of the ’80s and ’90s. I personally hear echoes of Bush, Lush, The Cure, Duran Duran, and perhaps some Verve Pipe?
The vocals lead throughout, with Ian Stahl‘s strong Manchester tenor sitting comfortably within a lush textured mix of keys, backing vocals, deep grunge guitars, grounded by bass and drums that never stray from the pocket. I’ve been following Stahl and the band online for a while. They’re top of my list for LA bands to see live in 2021.
Cilience (“Sill-ee-yence”) is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles. They blend alternative rock with electronic influences, combining Incubus-style vocal melodies with the bold instrumentation of Imagine Dragons and the dancey grooves of New Order. Their second release, Event Horizon, charted in the top 200 on National College Radio Charts and is a call to all people to stand for tolerance, understanding, and humanity. They’re currently working on their next release with Jason Rhodes (Oasis, New Order). Their songs unite Ian Stahl’s thought-provoking lyrics and distorted guitars, Janzie’s hypnotic synth lines, Jason Fragoso’s wailing drums, and Eric DeLuca’s grooving bass lines. Together, they will get you on your feet, dancing and screaming along.