The Cambiata

The Cambiata

BandAlternativeRock

A dynamic blend of moody pop songs. Not only do the songs move the listener, but they also make for great sing-alongs and personal anthems. Their intense live performences give audiences a look into how much their music really means to them.

Biography

The Cambiata are an American indie alternative rock band from outside Portland, Maine. The band is composed of Chris Moulton (vocals), Sean Morin (rhodes, piano, guitar, loops), Miguel Barajas (ambient lead guitar, loops), Stan Dzengelewski (bass guitar), and Dan Capaldi (drums, percussion, xylophone). Their music and lyrics are moody, dynamic and filled with tension. They sometimes incorporate strings, horns, and other orchestral instruments into their songs.

Formed in 2004, they originally started out as an experimental heavy band. They incorporated elements of jazz, post-hardcore, metal, and pop into their music sometimes all in one song. In 2006 they released their debut album Into The Night. It was very popular locally especially the song Shards of Pornography. The band went through line-up and style changes and released the Ep To Heal in 2008. To Heal left behind the breakdowns and screams in favor of interesting chord changes, melodies and new and expansive instrumental textures such as strings, horns, and other orchestral instruments.

On January 9th 2009, The Cambiata released their third album. It's been the top selling local cd at Bullmoose Music since it's release.

Portland Phoenix Awards:
Best Live Act (2008)
Best Live Act (2007)
Best Album (2007)
Nominated for Best Local Act (2008), Best Rock Act (2008)

"The rate at which this Portland, ME, five-piece can shuffle through sounds is certainly impressive, but it's the tenacity and precision with which they approach the varied endeavors that makes them a modern rock band really worth listening to." - CD BABY

“Their new, self-titled album is masterful — a passionate, gorgeous, intelligent and challenging collection of 11 exceptionally well-crafted compositions. These songs brood and swoon and unexpectedly erupt with an elegance that’s striking to behold.” - Chris Busby of The Bollard

“The Cambiata are a band just about every true music lover should freak over, be they classically inclined or math rockers or old school be-boppers. The band projects so much intensity as though every note was an agonizing decision and yet was the only one that could have ever existed in that moment.” - Sam Pfeifle of The Portland Phoenix

“Their music embodies eeriness, melodrama, and fine tuned flair. Their live performance sounds as crisp as their record tracks. Just when I think I can compare their somber sound to someone else’s, they tweak it and I am left believing they are original.” - Jill Harrigan of The Noise

“…young guys with a surprising array of eclectic influences from a wide palate of genres…vocalist Chris Moulton, just incredible” - Mark Curdo of WCYY

“…performance is less of a rock show and more of a hypnotism…players all sway and sweat, singing along and getting caught up in the current of the music.” - MaineToday

“…their songwriting technique showed, pulling as much from academics as from the rock sphere.” - Chad Chamberlain of The Portland Phoenix

“The band has been playing gigs since 2004, toured around the country a couple of times…interest from record labels.” - Portland Press Herald

“…the most technically accomplished group in town.” - Christopher Gray + Deirdre Fulton of The Portland Phoenix

“…crooning vocals (think somewhere between Daniel Johns and a young Daryl Palumbo)…with influences like The Beatles, Radiohead, Silverchair, and Jeff Buckley.” – www.weworemasks.com

“Local favorites The Cambiata always win big with their intelligent, evolved brand of modern rock.” – SPACE Gallery

“…smart rock ruffians, The Cambiata.” - Arts Guide Portland

Lyrics

The First Positivism

Written By: Chris Moulton

Miles away
you are what I prey on.
I’m sorry that I have crushed you darling.

If you’re looking for a fight,
I’ve got no desire to frown.

I want to live open
and you’ve heard me say it:
“all I want to do is kiss you
on a bed of roses”.
I want to cut you open
and climb inside,
so I can be like the Atlantic
and turn your tides.

I want to live open
and you’ve heard me say it:
“all I want to do is fuck you
on a bed of roses”.
I want to cut you open
and climb inside,
so I can be like the Atlantic
and turn your tides.

I saw those lovers at the highway.
I was confused by the sight of it.

Shards of Pornongraphy

Written By: Chris Moulton

I had a girl who I treated like the wind.
I gave up on her love before we began.
I'm a board with nails coming out.
She is grace (grey ace).
Which would be fine,
if we werent both trying to save face.

We are on the threshold of saddening times.
We are on the verge of severing torrid ties.

I met a girl today,
who says she likes to cut her legs,
but that I shouldn't worry.
But, I do!
Her ambiguity is cruel,
But I guess I'm ok (alright, maybe).
Maybe its crazy,
but I don't see in lieu in here.
Why do I seem to rub everyone the wrong way,
and fail to make myself clear?

I am on the threshold of offing myself
for the pain that I seem to cause everyone else.

I dont want to use my throat to vote anymore,
but I cant seem to help it.
Mama, I'm so clean
that they used to call me Mr. Sheen!
and I guess that I believed them.
I refuse to use my heart to roam anymore,
but it cannot be helped (trust me).

Somewhere theres a crack in the sidewalk
bigger than the shadow of death in this town
and I will find it!
And out in L.A. where the kids say oooh...
I really am someone cool, or I'm just bored.

Hell's Kitchen

Written By: The Cambiata

I’m on the road.
The place is sold.
While its history replays inside my
gut.
Sustain your hope.
Piece of a hole.
While your history replays
inside my golden gray malaise,
so if it’s me you aim to change
you can fuck right off.

Hell’s Kitchen,
where they take the caps off all the
fire hydrants.
You know it is
the hottest day of your life.

Back on the road.
This place still sold.
While history replays inside my gut.
Attractive hat.
Defendant spat.
While your history replays
inside my golden gray malaise,
so if it’s me you aim to change
you can fuck right off.

Changing Everything

Written By: The Cambiata

I’m changing everything
about me.
Think I’m going to head out west
to find myself peacefully sleeping.
The car battery died
the same day I’d set aside.
Is there one last living creature
thriving in this shoeshine city?

This town will kill us all,
standing on the bridge before the
fall.

She’s changing everything
about her,
but the pious girl in inca pink
does nothing for my weather.
The car battery died
the same day I set aside.
Is there one last living creature
thriving in this whitewash city?

This town will kill us all,
standing on the bridge before the
fall.

I’m changing everything.

Discography

LP: "The Cambiata" 2009

1. Changing Everything* (currently recieving radio airplay on Portland's WCYY 94.3, Bangor's WHSN 89.3)
2. Hell's Kitchen* (currently recieving radio airplay on Portland's WCYY 94.3, Bangor's WHSN 89.3)
3. Chameleon Spit
4. The Gold She Gives*
5. For Zelda Fitzgerald*
6. House Fire
7. Machine of God
8. Surgery*
9. Ladybug
10. Alaska
11. I-V-I

EP: "To Heal" 2008

1. All in All Julie*
2. Sidestepping Versus Splitting Heirs
3. Purple*
4. Cut Your Losses
5. Roswell

LP: "Into The Night" 2006

1. Reign of Apples
2. I Know
3. Shards of Pornography*
4. Frankenstein
5. The First Positivism*
6. The Colour of Women
7. Damagged Luggage
8. Frantic Like Fiction
9. Once, In A Minor Manor

* Suggested Tracks

Set List

The Cambiata has 25 original songs in their repertoire. Sets range from 25-60 minutes, depending on the venue and the show. A typical 60 minute set includes the following songs:

Changing Everything
Hell's Kitchen
Purple
Chameleon Spit
The Gold She Gives
All in All Julie
For Zelda Fitzgerald
House Fire
Machine of God
Roswell
Shards of Pornogrophy