Poughkeepsie, New York’s Cautioners are reinvented, reinvigorated and ready to conquer 2016
Poughkeepsie, New York’s Far From Proper formed in 2008 and made music that wouldn’t sound out of place on the early 2000s Drive-Thru Records roster alongside groups like Homegrown, Midtown and early New Found Glory. The band toured with groups like Major League, With The Punches and Divided By Friday, but while those acts found homes with record labels during the recent pop-punk resurgence, Far From Proper remained free agents. That may have been a blessing in disguise, because when the band visited Studio 4 in Conshohoken, Pennsylvania in 2014, their recordings helped make sense of a question the group was already asking.
“We had wanted to change our band name for years, but we felt like it was too late,” vocalist Nick Harrison said. “When we were in the studio recording, our engineer, Will Yip, was talking to us about it and he was like, ‘these songs don’t sound like your band name; I wouldn’t know how to market you guys if I were a label.’ He made us really think about it and we all decided it was definitely not too late.”
Harrison and his bandmates Jesse Walsh (drums), Justin Sarica (bass), Matt O’Rourke (guitar) and Angelo Estrada (guitar) came out of their 2014 Studio 4 sessions with a full-length that spoke to their late ’90s and early 2000s alternative influences. It was more Jimmy Eat World than New Found Glory, and the band turned to the former for inspiration when choosing its new moniker; Cautioners (named after a song from JEW’s album “Bleed American”) released their debut LP, “Dead Ends,” on March 24, 2015.
The band has another five songs ready to record and are busy writing more; their goal is to take Cautioners to the next level in 2016, and the first step was the Jan. 27 music video premiere for their latest single, “Daisies.” The new song and new musical direction doesn’t just give Harrison’s voice a chance to breathe, it gives the vocalist room to take center stage with a confidence that radiates through both stereo channels.
“‘Daisies’ is interesting,” Harrison said. “We wrote this song and it just felt really, really good. We’ve never been this confident in a song and I guess it kind of shows. We’re not consciously trying to sound like anything. I think ‘Daisies’ has its own standalone vibe to it.”
Harrison grew up in Poughkeepsie with a musician father whose assorted musical projects practiced in the family’s basement. He took part in theater and attended camps during the summer to strengthen his performance skills. His band, Cautioners, has a new name and a new sound after years of touring the country as Far From Proper, and Harrison is channeling his theatrical background for a new swagger that makes the New York quintet an act to keep an eye on in 2016.
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