Gimmicks don’t excite us anymore. Trends swell and crest and wash away. Great bands possess power in the intangible space between competing forces—it’s there that Cylinder will take you and leave you for dead--a place where somber tones contrast with an uplifting power. Where raw aggression clashes with technical proficiency and gives rise to a massive sound. A place where lyrics avowing heart come from a voice that is simultaneously willing to tear yours out. In short, Cylinder’s music represents what we need: a complex soul and uncaged spirit....“We’re straight up, no bullshit, hard rock,” says Nick Boyd, guitarist for Cylinder. The Santa Cruz based band, rounded out by vocalist Shane Geslin, bassist Mike King and drummer Will Allen aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather take modern rock to its most dangerous edges— deeper, darker, more defiant. ....
Like fighters in the ring, rock n’ roll bands make their names on stage and Cylinder’s elevating live show has been known to leave audiences punch-drunk and staggering. With fists in the air, heads banging and not an inch of stage wasted, it’s as visually powerful as it is musically. These frenzied performances have drawn a large fan-base, critical praise and awards. Cylinder has been on the rise sharing the stage with bands such as Skillet, Eagles of Death Metal, Taproot, Onesidezero and more in the last year. In July 2010 Cylinder was hand selected by Rob Halford of Judas Priest in a world wide search to open his latest Tour at the San Francisco Regency Ballroom.Their song "Innocence" was also recently featured on Fuel TV's "Nitro Circus Greatest Hits" DVD starring Travis Pastrana. In 2008, they won Northern California’s largest live battle of the bands competition, The "Your Music Olympics" (spanning San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Monterey and Santa Cruz), earning Cylinder the title “Nor-Cal’s Platinum Band.”
In January 2011 Cylinder Returned from the studio with a new 3 track EP from Producer Larry Elyea (Adelitas Way, Sevendust, Digital Summer) Featuring their new single "Yesterdaze" which recently finished 9th out of over 6,000 songs in Guitar Centers "Your Next Record with Travis Barker" Competition. 2010 marked the release of their debut album "Fueled by Fire" Produced by Tim Narducci, former frontman of the Hard Rock band Systematic (Elektra Records) which can be found on Itunes, Napster, Cd Baby and most major online music Retailers. Cylinder's Unwieldy drums, grinding bass, sinuous guitar riffs and an honest, yet aggressive baritone voice come together in a powerful declaration of the band member’s working class lifestyles. These are songs about life, written by men who have earned their living through blood, sweat and tears.