Cetacea hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., blending various influences to create an inspiring new sound in modern music. A sound that has been described as both 'epic' and 'enchanting.' Noticeable influences include U2, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, but the band is influenced by many different kinds of music including Rock, Classical, Ambient, and Drum 'n' Bass. A frenetic rhythm section pounds and pulses under ethereal guitars, strings, and keys, all while uplifting, melodic vocals soar in and above the swells of the music. Their songs deal with the human emotions spurred by living in a turbulent and changing world, while trying to keep hope and passion alive. The lyrics explore the connection and disconnection from the cycles of nature, as well as within the human body itself. The soul, talent, and passion of this band are undeniable. They recently released their first recording of original material, an EP entitled, 'CETACEA.' Cetacea consists of four members from diverse and distinct backgrounds. In 2003, the band was born out of an impromptu jam session in a Brooklyn brownstone. 'We set up the drums and amps in the living room, started playing, and it was magic,' says Cetacea singer Todd Michaelsen. 'It was as if we had always been playing together. It was the first warm day of spring and after that jam we all walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, giddy and high from the music we had just created.' Just 2 years later, they have amassed a loyal New York following and are excited to finally release their first recording. Cetacea got their name after their drummer, Rajeev Maddela, saw the word at an exhibit in New York's Museum of Natural History. 'Raj called me from the museum all excited and suggested the name to me. We thought it fit perfectly because it identifies with our sound,' explains Todd Michaelsen. ' Cetacea is the classification for the order of mammals which contains whales, dolphins and porpoises. These creatures sing underwater and communicate with one another through eco-location. They navigate with sound waves. It's just really incredible to us.' The mission of Cetacea is to create the best possible music they can, without regard to boundaries or trends. Their main focus is connecting to and inspiring listeners, with their passionate writing, recordings and live shows. They recently recorded and produced their own EP, showing a strength for production. They will be touring the northeastern U.S. this fall and plan to embark on a full-length album before long.
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