Interview with Cil City

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

“Jump off the Cliff” is the second Cil City Album and it represents a big step forward. We had no concept when we started writing new Songs. We surely wanted to capture our Band sound and our fierce Live Energy. When it comes to Lyrics it turned out we were mainly writing very personal lyrics, which are describing the journey to self-discovery in a complex and dictating society. The message is clear: follow your inner voice and stand by your convictions!

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Cil City started as a AC/DC Tribute Band and quickly gained lots of fans around Vienna, but in the life of every Artist there comes that point when you want to do your own thing. Our first album “Red Ocean” was clearly influenced by those AC/DC Roots of the Band. For our new album “Jump off the Cliff” we definitely went a big step forward and evolved our own Sound. There was no real plan for album two, but it ended up being us – Cil City pure!

How does your writing process normally work out?

The first Album “Red Ocean” was mainly written by our guitarist Hal West and our bassplayer Conny Gass. For our new Album “Jump off the Cliff” we wanted to adopt a very different approach: Since we grew together as a band, we opened the doors for each bandmember to bring his or her own ideas, regardless of whether it is lyrics or riffs or rhythms,…etc. It did not even matter what style it was. We tried every idea and worked on the songs together as a band. So what you can hear now is definitely what is us as a Band.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We didn’t come this far, to only come this far! We want to enter the stages all over Europe and maybe even US, and bring our hard rockin’ Music to as many People as possible. So you might see us in Clubs or on a Festival near your Area soon. Stay tuned!

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

„Jump off the Cliff“ is our second studio Album. Our debut album „Red Ocean“ was paying homage to straightforward classic rock. „Jump off the Cliff“ evolved to forceful hardrock with influences of metal and progressiverock. Since all bandmembers took a big part in writing the new Songs all this different influences of the band came together and created this new massive and modern Cil City Rock Sound.

What’s next for you?

We just wanna ROCK! So we’re going to play as many shows all over Europe as possible.
There are also a few new Musicvideos out of “Jump off the Cliff” being released in the future.
Generally we’re not guys that wait a long time doing nothing, so we’re already eager to write new Songs.

Answers by: Hal West