Local Orange County band, Crossing I’s Dotting T’s, will be celebrating the release of their self-titled EP this Saturday with a performance at The Locker Room in Garden Grove.
The band labels itself as “emo-gressive punk rock.” To me, they sound like a mix of pop punk, alt, and emo, similar to many of the iconic bands in the early 2000s. After listening to the four songs off the EP, I am reminded of fellow Orange County rockers, Lit, both in sound and vocals.
Crossing I’s Dotting T’s
The Garden Amp | Locker Room
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Released last summer, there’s a lot of versatility on the EP, including midway through “7.45am,” as we are greeted with an orchestra of violin and cello accompanying a hypnotic drumbeat. Part of the reason why the album sounds great is the music and lyrics from the band, but also due to their partnership with Alex Estrada of Pale Moon Audio. Estrada has previously worked with Joyce Manor, Touché, Amore, and Nails, as well as fronting the band Silver Snakes.
Crossing I’s Dotting T’s is a fairly new band and prior to this EP, they had only released a pair of singles beginning in late 2020. The band was initially started as lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Matt Mucerino began writing songs in his bedroom and car. The lineup was completed when he teamed with Soren Crisell on lead guitar, Oliver Callison on bass, and recently, Luke Caro on drums.
Their first single, “Little Things (Goodnight),” is probably their most rocking, albeit shortest (just over a minute long) song with Mucerino taking on a harsher and more aggressive tone. The follow up single, “Overwhelmed,” seems to be more in the style of their self-titled EP, a melodic pop punk tune that brings up memories of Mest. Keep your eyes on these cats, 2022 may be a break out year for them.
Be sure to catch Crossing I’s Dotting T’s this Saturday, January 15th, at The Locker Room. The Garden Grove venue is located inside the Garden Amp and the band is slated to go on at 9:30 p.m. The band will then head out on the road with Los Angeles’s Fencer.