Allerton Avenue musician discusses Crashbox' rise to success
by Jon Minners
By now, the accounts of Crashbox, the local Bronx band that has made a splash on the music scene, have been heard far and wide in these and other pages, but for Angelo Fariello, the latest member of the band, it’s all new to him, but he will not let the success go to his head.
The Allerton Avenue native joined Crashbox in September just as the band was making its meteoric rise to the top, signing to a brand new label Core Records/Koch Records, preparing to release a CD and looking to tour outside of their usual comforts of New York City. Now, Fariello went from struggling musician trying to make it big, to struggling musician on the verge of greatness.
“I jumped in right before all the craziness happened,” said Fariello. “They were in the process of sealing the record deal and I already thought things were getting huge, but now we are talking about the pre-release of our CD, our songs have gotten played on Internet radio, we’re about to release our first single to major radio stations…I already feel like we have accomplished so much and yet, the journey has just begun. This is more than I ever expected, but I want to keep it going. I want to do as much as possible with Crashbox and this is only the beginning.”
Fariello sudden rise to his current position came while he was working at Prime Time Studios with another band. Fariello had heard about Crashbox for some time through his brother back at first when they were called Sweet Cyanide and then the more commonly known Pinwheel before changing to Crashbox to appeal to a more mainstream audience. “They are from the same area of the Bronx,” he said. “I knew them and the band I was working with shared the same producer as Crashbox. He mentioned to me in a conversation that they were looking for a new member and the rest is history. Crashbox is my life now.”
Fariello took over for fellow Morris Park resident Vic Pena, the bass player that had clocked a number of years together with local drummer Pete Santagada, guitarist and writer Chris Petro and lead singer and writer Sal Scoca, also of Morris Park. Pena decided to stay behind the scenes where he continues to work with the band and share in their success. “I was struck by the bass tracks on the album. They were great. Vic is a great bass player,” said Fariello. “Those were some big shoes to fill. I wanted to make sure I got the job done as well as he did. And he has given me nothing, but positive feedback, which means a lot to me.”
Fariello also received some help from Petro, who was the newest member of the band before Fariello joined late last year. Petro had joined the band when they decided to go from the threesome that they settled into to the original four-man setup when the band first formed. “I knew him for a few years and he gave me a couple of pointers,” Fariello said. “He told me what people expect from the band, but it was nothing formal. It was a pretty natural fit as it was. We clicked instantly.”
Fariello states that the first thing to hit him about Crashbox was the music and having listened to the band’s work over the years, he was able to pick up the songs real quick. “I heard them once and they stuck in my head,” he said.
And that has worked to make the band fit together. No matter how well a band interacts with one another, it’s the fans that are the ultimate deciding factor. “I’m hearing some positive things; it’s like I have been in the band forever,” he notes. “We just clicked in a certain way and we have a great chemistry on stage. People get a good vibe from us and it doesn’t seem like I stick out as the new guy. People have accepted me.”
And now, the whole band is about to be accepted by the masses. On April 17, Crashbox’ first single Radio will be released to radio stations in the U.S. “The one I liked the most, right away, was Radio. It is so obviously catchy,” said Fariello, noting the possibility that a number of stations may agree and opt to play the song. If not that one, others could catch on. “So Tired became a favorite,” he continues. “September is a great song. Every song, depending on your mood, is great. That’s the good thing about it. Everyone can relate in one way or another with the music.”
And all those songs can be heard live on stage on Tuesday, April 18, at the Lion’s Den in New York City at 9:30 p.m., when the band performs for their loyal audience. Or they could hear the music on CD on May 2. The CD is already for sale at www.bestbuy.com and www.amazon.com among other major retailers. For more information, go to www.crashboxnyc.com or www.myspace.com/crashbox.
“Check us out,” said Fariello. “And for those who have been following us, thank you. We appreciate all of your support during this crazy journey. The best is yet to come.
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