New York City’s CILVER is more than a rock band: In many ways, they’re the embodiment of the American Dream. For starters, the powerful musical collective showcases the brilliant synergistic possibilities that unfold when a confident, determined woman is paired on equal footing with a multifaceted male collaborator.
Their breakthrough single, “In My Head,” deconstructed the false images of beauty, perfection and success constantly force-fed through advertising, television and the web. CILVER challenges the rock n’ roll status quo as smartly, ably and swiftly as like minded mega-sellers and radio tastemakers Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless and Lacuna Coil. They do so with a unique artistic voice, on their terms, with battle scars to show for it.
“We definitely have something to say. We carry a strong message, which comes from the experiences we’ve had, especially the things I’ve been through personally,” says singer Uliana Preotu. “Our lyrics are loaded with more than the average rock song.”
Preotu’s sultry vibrato, allure and vibe conjures sublime, ethereal wonder a la vintage Stevie Nicks, with a bit of the melodic bite of Ann Wilson from legendary rockers Heart.
In breathtaking, head-turning, seemingly swift fashion, CILVER built a wave of momentum large enough to swallow the hard rock scene. The surge kicked off in early 2013, when Preotu and guitarist/co founder Leon Lyazidi got together with guest Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Art Of Anarchy) for their debut single and video. Drummer Michael Ostuni, bassist Josh Pillbox and guitarist Ramsey Modiri – all well educated, in both musical training and in the school of life – came into the fold later.
While they seemed to have come from out of nowhere, the truth is that the duo had toiled away behind the scenes, paying dues in clubs and bars in various incarnations.
As the band prepares to complete their full-length debut album with executive producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth), it’s that feeling of belonging and inclusivity Cilver hopes to share with anyone who feels trapped, alienated or alone.
“Don’t be afraid to be who you are. A lot of people say that, but not everyone is really taking the message to heart,” Preotu says. “As a woman in the rock business, I want to empower other women, too. Rock n’ roll is a very male dominated world. We want to encourage people to truly dare to dream, and to fight tooth and nail for those dreams.”
This type of forge-your-own-path and defy-conventional-wisdom-against-all-possible-odds mentality is what the United States is all about. Lyazidi sums it up thusly: “We come from all different parts of this world. We love this country, we work hard for it, and we write music from a lot of different angles. There’s pop, there’s metal, there’s songs about depression, the death of loved ones, about struggle.”
“To be honest with you,” he concludes. “we are the very definition of America.”
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Release Date: March 18, 2016
Uliana Preotu – Vocals
Leon Lyazidi – Guitars
Ramsey Modiri – Guitars
Josh Pillbox – Bass
Michael Ostuni – Drum