Answered by: Tino Valpa (vocalist of The Cryptics)

What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

In 7th grade I had an urge to play bass. Was starting to get hooked on punk rock and really, really wanted to play. Drums and guitar followed shortly after. We’ve come to our current incarnation via way too much detail than I could ever put there. But we’ve formed in 2008 and have been increasingly more active since.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

Continuous New Behavior came out January 31st on Pine Hill Records. LP, CD and digital. It’s actually a re-recording of an album we put out in 2013. The original absolutely sucks. It’s slow and lacks any form of energy. This new version is the way to go by a milestone.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

Which one what? Ah, you must be talking about external hard drives. Personally the Seagate 5TB is the best way for me to go right now. It’s really convenient without needing a power source and a shame that they won’t offer higher storage rates unless it includes the wall plug. I’d cite this as a main influence with or without music files on it.

In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

We are melodic but we don’t worship a lot of the generic bands that many people like to group any band that has some sort of melody in with. We have a lot of different influences and really hate to steer down one path. I think it’s pretty clear by our output, especially recently, that we are not steering down just one path.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

Bloodsport, Clue, The Mask

Wipers – Over The Edge
Bad Religion – The Gray Race
Chris Geith – Chasing Rainbows

Books? We’re too Tom & The Boot Boys for that.

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

Both. Studio means you’re making progress and creating a new album which is really exciting to hear. Live is bringing those creations to life with the energy of the people in the room (well…sometimes). I suppose a good live show is the #1 situation.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Probably. So many things have happened. A lot of funny stuff. Most of which I would not put in an interview!

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

Mystery Line. It’s my favorite. Definitely our best song right now.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

It’s going to be a crazy 2021 due to all this cancelation madness. Stay tuned for all happenings.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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