Spooky Cigarette is about to release their debut EP. The band, fronted by Frank Mindingall (also of Trips), is releasing As Loud As I Can in May, with a release show scheduled for May 19 at Soda Bar. The band recorded the album with Andrew Montoya of The Sess, says Mindingall in a phone interview with CityBeat, though it's still a work in progress.

"We started working on it in February—that's when we went into the studio," he says. "We're still mixing it."

The new EP will be released digitally and on cassette, and Mindingall says the sound of it is based pretty heavily in synth textures. Not every song on the release is brand new, at least not in terms of when they were written. Mindingall says that the Spooky Cigarette project started with a backlog of songs that he had built up since he was a teenager.

"It's kind of a weird thing. I wrote a lot of stuff on Frooty Loops, a hacked version of it that I've had since high school," he says. "So the stuff we recorded is stuff I've collected over the years. It's kind of punk, new wave sounding."

Not all of those songs made the EP, however. Mindingall says that most of the songs he wrote at the beginning of the project ended up not making the cut, and that he's changed a lot since he first started writing.

"The oldest song we play is probably from 2012 or 2011," he says. "A lot of the songs I've been writing since high school—I just jettisoned a lot of it. It's primitive to me. I don't listen to a lot of that music anymore."


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