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bronx, NY
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Portrait of Sweet Cyanide

Attitudinal, artistic, freakish, creative, obnoxious, ingenious, roguish – these are but a few of the printable adjectives for NY-based rabble-rousers Sweet Cyanide. The quartet create singular hard rock that’s not retro homage, but great, timeless pop-based songs with a heavy, dark modern twist… that’s often twisted. As singer/guitarist Sal Scoca states, “I want Sweet Cyanide to sound like we just got dropped here from space. As a kid, I really believed KISS was KISS and Bowie was his persona. I want people to feel that strongly about the uniqueness and power of Sweet Cyanide.” Scoca, a Bronx-bred music obsessive, worships theatrical, before-his-time rock like ELO, early Alice Cooper, and T. Rex, and is joined by kindred spirits on both the musical and decadence level: If New York had a Sunset Strip rock scene, Sweet Cyanide would be its Guns N’ Roses, circa 1987.

Sweet Cyanide is comprised of four individualistic, yet united stimulation junkies. “All four of us are literally insane—but each in a totally different way,” laughs Angelo Fariello.

The band members bring impressive accomplishments to Sweet Cyanide, giving the lineup a killer starting point: In Crashbox, Scoca and company sold more than 5,000 albums, earned airplay on 400 stations, with the single, Drown hitting #6 on the FMQB charts. Moment Theory’s single, Calling Shotgun was spun on WDHA and WRKI, and recognized by Billboard’s independent songwriter’s contest. Expectations and success are even higher for Sweet Cyanide, whose Crash Thoey is on Metal Edge's March compilation, with Sweet Cyanide picked up by Steve Vai's Favored Nations.