Born Cages
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Born Cages

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

New York City, NY | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Alternative Indie




"“Beautifully straddles the line between dreamy and discordant” - FILTER Magazine"

“Beautifully straddles the line between dreamy and discordant” - FILTER Magazine

"“Arcade Fire minus the hysteria” – The Deli Magazine"

“Arcade Fire minus the hysteria” - The Deli Magazine

"“Blend of 80s-influenced synth/guitar work and modern pop-rock sounds” – Vice Noisey"

“Blend of 80s-influenced synth/guitar work and modern pop-rock sounds” – Vice Noisey - Vice Noisey

"“The New York indie band totally rocks our world with their brand of ‘80s-style, synthy rock.” – Artist Direct"

“The New York indie band totally rocks our world with their brand of ‘80s-style, synthy rock.” - Artist Direct


The Sidelines EP - 2013
I'm Glad I'm Not Me (LP)- 2015



When Vlad Holiday chose the name Born Cages, it was meant as a statement on his view of human nature. Drawing on the experiences of his youth into being an aspiring New York musician, it appeared that from the outset, people are trapped, boxed in, restrained.  If we’re to believe William S. Burroughs, the mind itself is a ghetto. But Holiday has never been one for fashionable punk cynicism. Rather, Born Cages is a Socratic statement that asks more probing questions – which cages are yours? Are you judged by your ethnicity, your genre of music, your tastes?  Social class?  Do you hold the key to these cages or do you trust them to someone else?

Likewise, the perceived negativity in the title of Born Cages’ bold debut LP I’m Glad I’m Not Mehides a relentless optimism. As opposed to despair, there’s triumph in the breakthrough of recognizing how “me” belongs in scare quotes, that the self is most often comprised of the assumptions and projections that society places on a person. Born Cages. I’m Glad I’m Not Me.It’s lyrical in a way, a call-and-response chant that cries freedom.

I’m Glad I’m Not Me was recorded at Mission Sound (Arctic Monkeys, Metric, Matt & Kim) in Brooklyn, NY and was produced by Jon Kaplan (Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon) and co-produced by Vlad himself. On the album, Holiday, bassist/keyboardist Matt Maroulakos and drummer Dave Tantao conjure festival-ready, truly modernist modern rock that is every bit as grand as its song titles would predict: “Bigger Than Me.” “I Just Want The Truth, Baby.” “Don’t Look Back.” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”

All of which speak on a desire for emotional autonomy; but the freedom Holiday sought wasn’t so symbolic at an early age. Holiday’s father, an acclaimed actor-turned-journalist, was critical of the post-Ceausescu regime in Romania and fled the country for the safety of his family. As a young boy, Vlad eventually reunited with his parents in New Jersey, where he was immediately known as an outcast in school. Vlad was a figure of curiosity amongst his classmates, who would ask him, “Why isn’t your name John or Nick?” But he admits that by high school, “all of a sudden, being foreign was cool”.  Especially in New York, what’s uncool one day can be the epitome of coolness the next and right back around, so why dwell on things that are of no real consequence.

And so even as a youth, Holiday was drawn to the classic rudiments and process of playing music rather than the trends. Still yet to have his first thought in English, Holiday found he could use a shared interest in music to relate to his peers before it could possibly be a way to learn about himself.  He taught himself guitar by downloading live tracks from Stevie Ray Vaughan and other bluesmen off Kazaa, recognizing the patterns and scales that were the basis for nearly every solo of the masters.

Holiday workshopped songs in his parents’ place during the dead of winter, unwittingly battling a carbon monoxide leak that could’ve killed him. Recalling those sessions, Holiday says, “that’s when I really knew, I got to get the hell out of this place.” And in their short time, Born Cages have proven they can go anywhere.  They’ve toughed out New York’s unforgiving indie rock scene and even had a brush with pure rock ‘n roll legend after being handpicked to open for Guns ‘n Roses during two sold-out club shows. “We didn’t get to meet Axl Rose, but his Escalade almost hit our van,” Holiday jokes.

It’s no surprise then that I’m Glad I’m Not Me touches on pop, rock, electronic, dance, alternative and everything in between, reaching listeners thought to be quarantined from each other. It’s a record celebrating togetherness in fractious times, music that finds commonalities rather than chasms. Throughout, Born Cages play with an urgency that posits their music as something essential, from brash lead single “Rolling Down the Hill” to “Bigger than Me”, a song inspired by a fan’s failed suicide attempt and subsequent spiritual awakening. Holiday wrote the song as a tribute to the restorative powers of music itself, which is why he considers it the culmination of everything the band has tried to accomplish. “I wanna be a part of something bigger than me”, he belts during the chorus, a mission statement if there ever was one for Born Cages and I’m Glad I’m Not Me.

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