[Interview] Michael Wood of Cycles Talks Set lists, Influences, and Festival Season.
It’s not every day that you stumble upon a sound that echoes the great psychedelic rock of the mid-sixties and still maintains its own uniqueness. I had the opportunity to hear Cycles at Wind Rider Mountain Festival (read the full review here) and that is what I came across, refreshing high-energy psychedelic jam music. The trio hails from Colorado and just put out their first full-length album, Vacation. Following the festival, I reached out to them and was fortunate enough to speak with the band's drummer Michael Wood. We talked set lists, Wind Rider, and influences.
You guys are from Colorado?
The band formed out here but none of us were from here originally. We’ve all been out here for differing lengths of time.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Chicago, I went to school in a suburb called Deerfield. I went to Deerfield High School. Then I went to CSU in Fort Collins and then kind of met these guys after I graduated and we all formed the band out here.
How long have you guys been together as a band?
Almost two years, not quite two years.
How was it playing with Brian Moss of Spafford at Wind Rider?
It was great. I hadn’t even met him yet, but it was great to get to know him like that. It was awesome, really high energy. He’s a shredder.
How do you guys write your set list for a show?
We don’t always write a set list and if we do, usually it will be based around trying to play new songs and stuff that we have kind of been focusing on at that moment, or that week, and also trying to keep it fresh from some of the earlier set lists, like if we just played the night before we would switch it up from what we had just done.
When I was listening to you guys I heard a lot of different music in there. For you in particular who are your influences?
They’re really wide. I listen to everything. I think as far of my influences that are relevant to Cycles it’s a lot of '90s rock. Primus, TOOL, Phish, Rage Against the Machine, a lot of '90s hip-hop, but mostly hard rock.
Things got spacey at Wind Rider I heard a lot of Pink Floyd in there.
Pink Floyd is my favorite band but they are like everybody’s favorite band. I didn’t even think I needed to say that, right? Super influenced by psychedelic rock and classic rock in general but I think the 90s rock might be a little bit more distinctive.
What do you guys have coming up for festival season?
We’ve got some in Colorado. We are playing Arise Music Festival, Sonic Bloom, which will be cool because we will be one of the only acts that are not a DJ or electronic act. We are playing at Beanstalk, which is this small little festival up in Rancho Del Rio by State Bridge.
We are doing an after show in Boulder for Dead and Company. They are playing Folsom Field. We are also doing a pre-party for Dead and Company on the hill in Boulder, which will be cool because they will shut down the street in front of the Fox Theater and we’ll be playing outside.
If you have the opportunity to catch these guys live definitely take advantage of it. I'll be seeing them again in September at Canyon Jam in Colorado.