Cinder Cone, a two-piece minimalist rock outfit from Los Angeles, emit a thunderous sound. Anyone can attest to this if they have attended a Cinder Cone show, listened to the band’s releases, or even heard a rumbling somewhere near a downtown practice space on the banks of the great LA River. Only two members comprise the band: David plays a drum set and Anthony plays a guitar while vocalizing into a microphone. They do not use keyboards, laptops, or any other technical wizardry to create their sound. If you hear it on the record, they can do it live.  Their full sound of octopus drumming and innovative fretwork weave together to place the listener on a propulsive freeway one minute only to drop them off in a placid field the next, capping off the journey with an earthquake of drum rolls and precisely controlled feedback.

They play any venue that will have them, from art galleries to back alley warehouses, dive bars to back yard parties. Their DIY and open ethic extends from the presentation of their songs through the nuts and bolts of their day-to-day operation; Cinder Cone hands out free earplugs at all of their shows, and takes pride in the fact that it takes them fewer than 10 minutes to set up and fewer than 5 minutes to break down on stage. All of their gear fits neatly in the back of David’s four-door sedan. The gentlemen of Cinder Cone share borderline geeky obsessions with the creepier passages of Unwound, the hypnotic iteration of CAN, the unorthodox approach of Sonic Youth, Shellac and Fugazi; additionally, they enjoy the Lakers, gorilla suits, taco stands, and vegetarian dinners in and around LA.


Early Years

Early 2000’s: Anthony and David begin playing music together during the summers while David is home from school.

Summer of 2004: The two began writing songs and even play a show before David’s final year of college on the East Coast.

Winter/Late 2004: Cinder Cone records what ends up being the guitar and drum tracks for their first full-length record.

Fall 2005: David moves back to Los Angeles. He and Anthony establish a regular practice schedule and draw up a blueprint for the two-piece sound. Less becomes more, and more becomes louder. With both members in the same city, Cinder Cone can now focus on playing shows, writing new songs, and finishing their first album.

Cinder Cone – Self-Titled Record

January 26th, 2007: At the Knitting Factory/Alterknit Lounge in Hollywood, CA, Cinder Cone hosts a release show for their debut full-length record. After two years of adding vocal tracks, mixing, mastering, and finalizing the art, the album is released on independent label Harter Records. The 10 song self-titled album was recorded at KXLU and various other locations by Christian La Rocca.

The album cover is a picture taken by long-time friend of the band Scott Adams, as he hung out of the back window of David’s car, traveling West on the 10 Freeway near Overland Ave.

Sharkelepharhino EP:

Summer/Fall of 2007: The band begins to hone its more “minimalist” sound that has defined much of their material since. Anxious to record the most recent songs that reflected this sound, they get to work on The Sharkelepharhino EP.

October and November of 2007: The 4-song EP is recorded, mixed, and mastered by Christian La Rocca at the band’s downtown rehearsal space. While the record goes to press, the band create all of the artwork by hand. Each of the 500, limited edition EPs is silk-screened, cut, folded, pasted, and hand numbered. The band decides that they will give the EP out for free, exclusively at shows, to anybody who has an interest in owning a documentation of Cinder Cone.

January 4th, 2008: The band officially releases the Sharkelepharhino EP at a show at the Knitting Factory/Alterknit Lounge in Hollywood, CA

The Sharkelepharhino image is the silhouette of a statue that stands outside of a large bank in the French Concession neighborhood of Shanghai.

Second full-length album:

2008-2009: The band plays numerous shows in and around LA, building up and recording the material for their next release.  They employ Christian La Rocca to engineer the sessions, and end up with thirteen tracks at over 60 minutes.

January 2010: The band releases The Last Two, the most definitive statement on their sound to date.  Lyrical subject matter includes themes of humans vs. machines, cyclical and linear time, killing TV’s, god complexes,  soothsayers, Howard Hughes (king of recluses), and a real-life World War II Japanese soldier who refused to believe the war had ended and kept fighting for almost thirty years.

Summer 2010: Cinder Cone play shows up the west coast, making new allies and seeing old friends along the way.  The excursion culminates with a 17-hour drive straight from Seattle back to Los Angeles, thanks to coffee and sheer determination.

Fall, 2010: The band records material for a split release with Portland stalwarts Palo Verde.  Two weeks later, they record the material for their third full-length album.  Both of these releases are due out some time in 2011.

Stay tuned . . .