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The best kept secret in music


"Raising the Ghosts of Shoegaze"

"Cerulean combines the ringing guitar leads of Doves with the lush Britpop of Ride. You should know at this point if this is your bag. If you are a fan of shimmering guitars and moody anthems that start at shoegazing moodiness and rise with the vocal braggadoccio of Ian McCulloch, you've got to find this EP. This new batch of songs charge from the first notes of the Bunnymen-esque "Here Is Hoping." Singer Rick Bolander can take on the sweet pop introspection of Coldplay in one song and then switch to a more direct, clean sound reminiscent of Ride. It's amazing Cerulean are not from England." -- Paul Leeds - Culture Bunker

"Not To Be Understated"

"Cerulean is a band that absolutely breaks all conceptions I might have had about them - I was waiting to hate them, but they play their music with such a conviction that the style of what they play really doesn’t matter. Flawlessly mixing the arena rock of the eighties, the indie rock of the 90s, and the emotive nature of the early years of the 21st century, Cerulean is a band that I foresee grabbing that brass ring and really making something of themselves in the next few years. The Fractions EP shows that musically, they are already where they need to be, but they deserve more than simple musical praise!" - James McQuiston - NeuFutur

"A Fevered Brain"

"How often can you say that one of the best British indie bands is from LA? Well now would be a great time. It’s unbelievable how great this band is. And they don’t sound like they’re from California. And that’s a high complement from us. Their music is a totally unexpected pleasant surprise." - Mike Perazzetti - Radio Mike


Fractions (2004) - EP
No Sense In Waiting (2005) - LP


Feeling a bit camera shy


“I just don’t see what’s so f---ing daring about having nothing to lose,” says singer and guitarist Rick Bolander. He’s never understood the media’s love affair with rock’s favorite archetype. “Wearing despair like some badge of validation is a clichéd gimmick. Where‘s the danger in pursuing something because you have no other options? You don’t have to be starving or suicidal to make great music and there’s far more drama in risking everything for something that might not pan out.”

Cerulean are well versed in the acumen of risk. Before joining the band, guitarist Noel Kelly was a signature away from fighter pilot training. Drummer Dave Cerwonka was about to become a mountaineering guide, but moved to Los Angeles instead. Rick was doing some kind of work with classified satellites, the details of which he notably won’t go into. Touring in a rock band could seem tame by comparison.

“There’s always going to be that fear of failure no matter what you’re doing, and the chance of success [in music] is slim. With a lot of confidence, a good plan, and of course good music, your chances get a lot better.”

Cerulean’s drive certainly flies in the face of hipster apathy that many bands champion, or worse, imitate these days. Nevertheless, as the rock world continues its ongoing cycle of exhuming heroes from 20 years past, Cerulean find themselves shadowed by the latest Anglophile love fest. “We’re not surprised by it,” Dave points out, “but we’re not expecting a front seat on the bandwagon either. Listeners make those determinations for themselves.” Could Cerulean’s lack of desire to be part of a scene be yet another twist of the punk rock ethos?

“Our music will always speak louder than anything we are or aren’t involved with scene-wise,” says Noel. “The music press seems to care more about scenes than most music fans do. About the only thing we have in common with punk ideology is that we’re deciding our own future. We’ve never understood what was so cool and hip about not giving a s---, and if people hear and feel that, then we’ve succeeded.

Their penchant for crashing, uptempo arena-tremblers and haunting, atmospheric mood pieces has yielded licenses on some of television’s most critically acclaimed programming (including HBO’s Six Feet Under) and contributes to more national radio airplay by the week. An unparalleled live show and constant touring (with an incendiary set at last Fall’s CMJ Music Marathon) also find Cerulean continuing to garner a loyal fan base that grows rapidly with every new listener.

Since releasing the Fractions EP last year, the band has been compared to the Catherine Wheel, Ride, The Verve, and early ‘80s new-romantics The Chameleons. Chiming guitar leads and angular drumming also give way to the obligatory U2 reference. Dave appreciates the comparisons, but feels they limit a band whose sound is equally rooted on both sides of the Atlantic, “I see us simply as a great rock band. I guess the British element of what we do is more evident from an outside perspective.”

So if they’re not trying to play up their association with the latest Brit-rock movement, why enlist ex-Mighty Lemon Drops guitarist and songwriter David Newton to record both the Fractions EP and the full-length slated for August ’05 release? The easy answer is a great creative relationship and plenty of Newcastle in the fridge. More critically, the Fractions EP shows a band thriving in Newton’s straightforward, hands-off recording philosophy and finding a focus that could cook ants on a sidewalk. Either way, the anticipation and expectations for the upcoming LP couldn’t be any higher.

For info contact:
Peter Kelly @ Spinwheel Records
Phone: 310-213-7270