Crossing I’s Dotting T’s
For Fans Of: Joyce Manor / The Menzingers / Descendents
Fusing grunge and pop punk with a lightning bolt of musicianship has created a thundering new four-track from Cali band, Crossing I’s Dotting T’s. The self-titled EP explores loss and grief through emotive guitar music that’s been influenced by a variety of genres. There’s alternative, punk, emo, and grunge (a homage to Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’ can be heard on track two) all brought together with well-crafted melodies.
We now sit down with the band to chat about the EP, starting out, touring, and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Our name came from me (Matt Mucerino) always messing up the phrase “Cross your t’s Dot your I’s” and I just like how our version doesn’t doesn’t make sense, kind of like life. I started as a solo project about a year ago and teamed up with the band about 6 months ago or so and been on a tear!
“Their virtuosic ability to shred mind-altering solos paired with their frenetic tightness of the instrumental arrangement and the confrontational yet comforting vocals are an intoxicating mix which you’ll want to get drunk on time and time again.”
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
Matt: My dad loves rock and all type of music really, but my first memory was listening to Counting Crows “August And Everything After” and basically falling in love with them and music.
Mat: I started getting familiar with drumming before I learned to walk, so my soonest memory was probably drumming in my room around 4 or so.
Soren: First memory of music is this Lyle Lovett song called Election Day. My dad used to play it every day on the way to school. I was about 5
Oliver: First memory of music was when I was 7 or 8, and it was moonlight sonata from Beethoven.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Joyce Manor, Audio Karate, Lagwagon, My Chem, The Pixies, Fiddlehead, Face to Face, Phoebe Bridgers, Descendants, Drug Church, Seahaven, Heart Attack Man, Weezer, Jawbreaker, Bully. A lot really!
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
Funny story, we just recently played in San Diego on the Wonderbus, it’s a double decker British style bus where we played on top as it rolled through a pride festival in Hillcrest haha it was pretty wild honestly. We saw some things. We are also opening for our label mates In The Whale at The Casbah in San Diego 8/16 and playing The Whiskey a GoGo 8/27 so those will be fun.
Your brand new self-titled EP dropped recently, what has the response been like?
It’s been great! We got some good press on it so far and people are responding great. People especially like “Regret Stained Memories” it seems. Trying to set up some live sessions now. I’ve also found TikTok is great for music marketing and they love it!
Amazing! Alex is a great musician/producer and an even better person. I really wanted to work with him since Joyce Manor and Touché Amorè are a couple of my personal favorite bands and he works close with them and I also love Silver Snakes, his former band – and no, they won’t come back for a live show, I already asked :/
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Matt’s answering for the group, yes! I love pineapple on pizza, but I’m also a psycho.
Rising to the challenge, Crossing I’s Dotting T’s have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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