Ohio band Cautioner offer up a delicious post-hardcore sound that fuses catchy, hooky melodic rockiness with hard-hitting heaviness that guarantees an intriguing listen.
The Youngstown quartet of Jason Tiberio (vocals), Justin Carolyne (bass and vocals), Bill Pfau (guitars) and William Kenyhercz (drums) tend to lean towards clean vocals but throw in heavier screams where necessary to keep things interesting.
They released EP You’ve Been Found Wanting earlier this month and it’s full of delicious post-hardcore that contrasts between melody and heaviness.
The band sent us third track Weighed and Measured, which certainly veers toward the latter end of the scale. It opens up with big screamed vocals over big booming guitar chords and feeds into atmospheric cries. The pace drops with light guitars under lighter, engaging vocals then feeds into an intriguing chorus with dual vocals.
It perfectly encapsulates the band’s ability to mix things up, jumping seamlessly from light sections into more upbeat, atmospheric sections and bits of full-on heaviness. Give it a listen below:
Also on the EP is latest single release Leagues, which opens up with a sole guitar that feeds into a cool jumpy guitar lick over lively drums. Light, high-pitched vocals take over alongside light, clean guitars and gradually build in intensity “But I’m not really sure if I can leave this imagined place in time, You are all always there and on my mind, Im not really sure if I’m letting go, Is this you’d all have my find, Just your lying words and lying eyes.”
Busier, darting guitars kick in alongside heavier drums as it builds into a singalong chorus. There’s a long quiet section led by repeated vocals “Here are I am bleeding in the water and you are the shark that wouldn’t bother” with big distant screams. The instrumentals pick up in pace as big screams take us to a heavy ending. Check it out below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Cautioner?
C: “We are all from Ohio. Bill, Jason, and Willie all went to the same school and Justin was a few towns over. Willie’s brother was in a metalcore band called Oreon back in like the early 2000s and they always played skatepark shows. They sort of constructed the north east Ohio heavy music scene for us.
“We all met over time playing music in various bands, playing shows together, until eventually all of our paths crossed when the time was right. We all knew each other from a musical sense so getting together to play music seemed unavoidable.”
GR: You just released Weighed and Measured. What should people be expecting from the song?
C: “Within the first three seconds it’s pretty apparent that this is a heavy, angry song both vocally and instrumentally. At the same time it throws some super melodic, catchy hooks that really change the vibe and we always thought that makes the listening a pretty interesting experience.
“Lyrically, it deals with some difficult times that probably everyone goes through in regards to being who you really are. Society often pushes you down to the point where you need to be the “norm” because that is what people want and expect to see. And fear of rejection plays a huge role in that.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
C: “At the roots we are a post-hardcore band that tends to lean on the moodier side of the spectrum while still maintaining a sort of aggressive edge. We always seem to incorporate weird time signatures and sort of dramatic, minor-key progressions. Vocally, we like to push the emphasis on clean, but add in some impactful screaming for emphasis here and there.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
C: “We all have a lot of different life experiences that play into the overall feeling of our music, bad and good. But the challenge of creating something better than before and never knowing how something is going to turn out definitely keeps us all very inventive and motivated. It’s like you’re always chasing that next riff, fill, hook or whatever that opens your mind up to the possibilities and you never know when that will happen. Most importantly though, fun and friendship.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
C: “Tough to answer but probably the collective favorites would be Moving Mountains, As Cities Burn, Gatherers, Movements, PMToday, Lower Definition, and Closure in Moscow. We all have a wide array of musical tastes ranging from death metal to R&B and everything in between, so it helps to keep things interesting.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
C: “Definitely hoping to write and record more in our home studios. We’d love to do a full length if we can. We talked about moving to just producing some singles here and there in between as well. As far as gigs, nothing is in the books just yet but maybe a 5-10 day tour using vacation time from our day jobs could happen someday.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
C: “We hope people enjoy what we’re putting out! When it comes down to it it’s our passion and fans or no fans, we would be doing it anyway. But knowing that other people appreciate the work that requires countless hours is an amazing feeling. Definitely reach out to us as we’d love to hear from you about whatever. Merch is on the way.