Cycles epitomizes the power-trio format with ripping guitar, fat bass grooves played out through furious slapping, and dynamic drum beats flowing over intricate tempo changes. Each member wields a unique take on their instrument that when played together, forms a truly fresh and cohesive sound. Patrick Harvey commands the guitar with speed and precision reminiscent of Jimmy Herring while using his loop pedal virtually as its own instrument, a skill unique only to him. Michael Wood has subtly forged a drum style that showcases his rare ability to mashup funky hip-hop beats with frenzied rock riffs and only showcase flashy chops when necessary. At the heart of the band lies Tucker McClung’s dominant slap-bass chops that captivate audiences while pumping the musical blood through the band.
Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many, many more, Cycles fuses an eclectic blend of genres to produce an original sound that has become harder and harder to find. Although only two years old, Cycles have over 200 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S.
The first full-length album, Vacation, is out now. After releasing two DIY EPs recorded in their basement within the first year of the band’s existence, the guys were eager to do some work in a real studio. Recorded at Mountain Star Studio in Blackhawk, CO, Vacation captures the current sound and direction of the band. This album presents the listener with an accurate representation of Cycles’ uniquely dark and heavy sound, catchy hooks, and exceptional musicianship.
“A fast-paced journey through time and space, with riveting guitar work and a jam-heavy sound that seems near impossible to create with only three musicians” –Live For Live Music
“Musically heavy songs that contain thoughtful lyrics and legitimately interesting compositions and changes” –Grateful Web
“This album blurs lines between genres and takes listeners on a sonic journey.” -NYS Music