Interviews Music — 03 December 2014
CRUISR’s Andy States Set for NYC Shows with The 1975

In 2012, performing in front of a sold out New York City audience of 3000 fans seamed like a pipe dream for Andy States. The frontman and lead writer for Philadelphia-based CRUISR spent time working to craft catchy pop songs in his bedroom before a six song self-titled EP would make its way to blogs and websites around the city at his persistence. Garnering considerable buzz, States gathered four musicians around him, eventually forming a fully fleshed out CRUISR, who stops locally with two sold out shows at New York City’s Terminal 5 this week in an opening slot for The 1975.

In support of their brand new EP “All Over” released in September, the band has hit the road hard over the last month playing to their biggest crowds on record. It’s been a quick rise in an even quicker time frame for the frontman, who doesn’t seem at all intimidated by the taste of success that the band has enjoyed to date. Signed to Vagrant Records, the band certainly has plans for a full length debut album in 2015, but as you’ll find out, States seems to be enjoying the present day moments as they occur. sat down with CRUISR frontman Andy States for an exclusive interview. Listen in as we discuss their current tour with The 1975, the prospect of playing two sold out shows at New York City’s Terminal 5, his advice for aspiring musicians and how his band came to be. Plus, we take questions from some of the band’s loyal followers on Twitter in a rapid-fire session, discuss CRUISR’s plans for 2015, and so much more. Though they’re relatively new to the limelight, make sure to earmark CRUISR as a band to watch in the coming months in the indie-pop spectrum.

- Jane Van Arsdale

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