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CINDERS Album Release Party at The Soundwell

April 4, 2024

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Utah based Alternative indie pop group, CINDERS, released their latest EP, Going Nowhere this past Friday March 29th.  To help celebrate the launch of the EP they held a hometown album release show at The Soundwell in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City along with special guests Max West and Heber Matute.  Fans of CINDERS filled the venue looking forward to the release of their first new album since their third studio album No One's Home which was released in 2021.

The Soundwell played host to the evening’s release party, and it turned out to be the perfect venue for the celebration.  Although a big venue can be a bonus the size of The Soundwell gave off an intimate feeling for the night which worked well for the fans in attendance.  This was my first-time hearing CINDERS live and I had only listened to some of their songs in the week leading up to the show but hearing them live was another experience entirely.  Sometimes you find a band the just blows you away live and this was one of those times.  It was clear that I wasn’t the only one who thought that as many fans were remarking to others how they told them how great CINDERS were live. 

The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Montana Smith, (bassist) Adrian De Le Cruz, and drummer Brad Bennet.  The trio works as a well-oiled machine with each member taking turns to engage the crowd who bantered back and forth with the band throughout the night.  When they played newer songs from their albums, they would take a moment with the crowd to rehearse the crowds’ parts to sing along with the band which got the fans excited and singing along to songs they hadn’t heard yet.  They even did this with a few of their older songs which got a reaction from Adrian that the crowd in Rexburg, Idaho had a better reaction, which caused everyone in the venue to sing louder when they told us to redo it.  De La Cruz told the fans that was better, which got everyone in the venue cheering.  The rest of the show went off without a hitch as the fans danced and sang along and the band performed, even bringing out horn players for various songs, adding an extra element to the sound and performance. 

After the performance was over fans lined up at the merch table to get the latest album along with other band merch and talk with the trio.  It was clear to see the connection that the fans felt with the band and vice versa.  There were a few others besides myself who told the band that this was their first time seeing them and they had come with a friend and would be back for another show.  I was glad to hear those comments because I love to see indie bands growing their audience and fan base and chasing their dreams.  I know I will be joining those fans at the next show in Salt Lake City when CINDERS plays here again also.

Cinders will be on the road performing again in Seattle, WA at The Funhouse on April 5th before making stops in Oregon, California and wrapping things up back in Utah in Logan at Whysound.  For more info click here. 

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