This past year Born Cages released The Sidelines EP via Washington Square. The new EP was produced by Jon Kaplan (Walk The Moon) and Olivier Straus (Arctic Monkeys, Matt & Kim) at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY. Alternative Press says, “Don’t Look Back,” a soaring rocker that you’ll have no problem dancing to assuming you can put down the air guitar for four minutes.” Filter declares it to be “Spellbinding,” Artist Direct says, “The New York indie band totally rocks our world with their brand of ‘80s-style, snthy rock.” The band is finishing up their debut full length album to be released in 2014.
Lead singer and guitarist Vlad Holiday was born amidst a European political revolution in Romania. The rebellion, which accounted for over a thousand deaths, resulted in the violent overthrow and execution of the country’s communist leader. The Born Cages front man recalls meeting his father for the first time at the age of ten when he and his family came to New York’s JFK airport in 1999. After switching continents, Holiday gravitated towards music as an escape from the culture shock he was enduring. “I used the guitar as a voice when I didn’t have one,” he explains. Holiday’s trying childhood experiences often peek out as lyrical connotations that long for revolution and change.
Holiday’s first years in America proved challenging, but in his teens he encountered a few kindred spirits. Holiday officially formed Born Cages in 2011 and the group dove head-first into New York City’s eclectic indie rock movement. He is joined by high school friend Amanda Carl on keyboards, Dave Tantao on drums, and Pete Malleo on bass. After signing with Washington Square/Razor & Tie, the group released The Sidelines EP that following summer. They received nods from the likes of Rolling Stone, MTV.com, FILTER and Noisey, and their first single “Don’t Look Back” was even featured on the chart-topping Now That’s I Call Music! 45. Meanwhile, they shared bills with a bevy of acts such as Har Mar Superstar, Gold Fields, Said The Whale and Royal Teeth. They were even handpicked by Guns N’ Roses to be the sole support band on two sold out GN’R club shows.
Born Cages is Vlad Holiday (lead vocals/lead guitar), Amanda Carl (keyboards/backing vocals), Dave Tantao (drums) and Pete Malleo (bass).