Today’s Feature – February 29-March 1: Cerca Trova

March 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm (Today's Feature)


For those of you from the DC/Virginia area, you may already know about Cerca Trova. Originally known as “Second Nature,” the band out of Chantilly finds inspiration from their new title, translated as “seek and you shall find.” What exactly is it that Cerca Trova seeks? Well, musical glory, of course! These guys are young, but they are more than hungry for the spotlight – music literally pouring out of each of them: “A lot of our best songs were written in minutes and aren’t very thought out in the writing process. They just kind of happen.”

These songs happen in a fashion unique for most bands. Every member has a part in the songwriting process. The group is also sure to attack a song with minds completely clear, nothing forced or fake. It simply doesn’t help in the development of a tune to try and “make” a song sound a certain way. You can sample Cerca Trova’s talents on their upcoming debut album, due out later this year. They’ll tell you only one word can describe it: EPIC. It’s “very eclectic and there is something there for any and everyone.”

Cerca Trova strives to make every one of their performances a memorable time. You’ll know things are going well if you’re having just as much fun as the band. The new album will be released in the spring, and be sure to check the guys out on myspace at or at Jump into the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Cerca Trova

PensEyeView (PEV): How and when did the band first come together?

Cerca Trova: Well the band starts in 2005 when Angelo and Josh decided to get together one day and start jamming together. We later found Jordan and our original bassist John Holton. Since then we have lost john and have been playing with tom graham for about a year now.

PEV: Growing up, what kind of music where the band members listening to?

CT: We are all HUGE Incubus fans. We have very diverse tastes and pretty much listen to everything. Lots of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin and 30 Seconds to Mars. But aside from that we listen to any and everything.

PEV: Was there a certain point when music went from hobby to knowing you could do it for a living?

CT: I’m not sure if there was a moment that we all decided that we could do this for a living but I know we couldn’t live a full life with out it.

PEV: Tell us about your first live performance as a band. How did it go?

CT: Our first live performance was at a small bar in Centreville, VA. Called Red Rocks Tequila Bar and Grill. It was an open mic type of show. We would play there every Wednesday night for about 6 months before we realized there were more venues out there. We used to have a wonderful time there and have always thought about going back and revisiting the venue.

PEV: From that first time on stage to now, have has your performance style changed, if at all?

CT: YES very much so. When we first started we weren’t as exciting to watch… ha. We always had a decent stage presents but in the past 4 years we have always been focused on getting better and it seems like now we are very energetic and the crowd tends to get pretty involved.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Cerca Trova performance?

CT: FUN! We have fun on stage and I think that transfers to the fans. We also really enjoy the music we play and hope everyone listening does too.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release.

CT: Well we have been in the studio for the past year recording our first full-length album. We have a few demos out but this CD is, EPIC! It’s very eclectic and there is something there for any and everyone.

PEV: What can fans expect from your newer works?

CT: They can expect a giant explosion of fresh sounds and new ideas. All of our music is very personal and that is really transferred through the recording and performance.

PEV: How would you describe your musical style and how does it differ from that of other bands out today?

CT: Well, we are for sure a rock band. But there are a lot of different influences in our sound that I don’t think is heard very much these days. We have a few songs based on Middle Eastern music. And again we listen to a lot of incubus and we have heard you can hear it in our music. But when we write a song we tend to go into it blindly and don’t really like to try to say, “hey, lets make this song sound like this.” We really just like to let us sound like us and hope everyone will enjoy it.

PEV: Tell us about life on the road for the band. Best and worst parts?

CT: Being on the road is amazing. Even when its just a short drive to a show and not an over night tour. I honestly don’t think any other bands act like we do on the road. There are a lot of crazy noises and we have a megaphone in the van, which results in confused people everywhere. I’m not sure if there is truly a best story of being on the road but the first one that comes to mind was the time when we were in Delaware and almost got arrested for playing guitar on the beach. We ended up just getting small tickets but it was a very funny experience had by all… including the police involved. And aside from the four smelly guys crammed in a van and the getting pulled over part I don’t think there is much bad in touring. Its always a wonderful time.

PEV: What’s one thing that people would be surprised to hear about the band?

CT: Well… If they don’t know us personally already we are always kind of a shock off stage we like to have people go home after seeing us and say to their friends ” you wouldn’t believe what just happened to me…” which is usually followed by ” …they had a chicken mask”. Aside from that we aren’t very exciting. But more musically I think people would be surprised to know that a lot of our best songs were written in minutes and aren’t very thought out in the writing process. They just kind of happen.

PEV: When you sit down to write music what kind of environment do you surround yourselves in?

CT: Well, a lot of our music starts with a guitar part, which Angelo usually writes at 4am and then brings it to the band the next day. We then take it and write drums vocals and bass around it. A single member of the band usually writes the lyrics for our music. Everyone has a part in the lyric process.

PEV: How have all your friends and family members reacted to your career?

CT: They are all very supportive. Everyone tries to make it out to our shows and sometimes even pitch in for recording and merchandise. We are forever in debut to them for their support and help.

PEV: What has been the most memorable part of the band’s career so far?

CT: Playing 9:30 club in DC. That was by far the greatest show of our lives so far. We have worked very hard and to be able to play there is achieving a goal of each and every one of us.

PEV: When you aren’t touring or performing what can we find everyone doing in your spare time?

CT: We are usually together. We are all very close friends and spend a lot of time together. We are all also college students at Northern Virginia Community College.

PEV: If we were to walk into your houses right now what would be find?

CT: A box of Cerca Trova tee shirts a drum set and a mesa boogie half stack. Then you would probably find us shooting a potato gun in the back yard. Or blowing up aerosol cans… ha we live a charmed life.

PEV: What artists have you not collaborated with yet that you would like to?

CT: Like we said we are all huge Incubus fans. So it would be amazing to play with them, or 30 seconds to mars. But on a more local note there is a band out of Philly we would like to play with called Jealousy Curve if you haven’t heard of them check them out sometime.

PEV: Is there an up and coming artist right now you think we should all be looking into?

CT: The whole DC music scene! There are a lot of great bands around here that should be heard!

PEV: What one word best describes Cerca Trova?


PEV: Where will you and your music be in ten years?

CT: Hopefully in someone’s ears in some kind of futuristic ten years from now iPod and I’m sure we will still be playing music.

PEV: So, what is next for Cerca Trova?

CT: Well, our album will be released this spring!

For more information on Cerca Trova, check out and


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