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USA Today “...the initial impact could cause whiplash, but this Panamanian rock band makes great use of subtlety, too, like the layered guitars and the falsetto that kicks in just when you expect a scream.”
Cage9, based in Los Angeles, is comprised of Panama transplant (and former Powerman 5000 guitarist) Evan Rodaniche on guitar/vocals, New Jersey native and ex-Puddle of Mudd bassist Mike Grajewski, Brian Sumwalt of Chula Vista, CA and Matt Borowski of Detroit, MI.
Most notably, the band has recently opened for Ozzy Osbourne, scored a slot the ShipRocked Cruise with Queensryche, Filter, Sevendust, Candlebox, Buckcherry, In This Moment and more and toured Japan playing all three dates of last year's Unionway Festival with Kottonmouch Kings and MxPx. Cage9 was also invited to Idaho's Rock the Falls two years in a row playing mainstage with Adelitas Way, Tesla, Dokken and more (a first for any band). Last year the trio toured the US for 3 months with The Sammus Theory and in the past has also gigged with Seether, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Black Light Burns, Madina Lake, Adema, Cheap Trick, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, ex-Pumpkin James Iha, Smile Empty Soul and toured from Europe and Japan, to the U.S. and Central America.
RADIO & Latin America
The pummeling new track “Master of Your Disaster” (from their new album "How to Shoot Lasers from Your Eyes") spent 4 weeks at the #1 most requested spot on Panama’s top FM station Radio Mix (Feb. 2012) but the band’s music has been a common denominator on the country’s airwaves since it formed there over ten years ago. "Master" also beat out Chevelle, Wayland, Avatar and more in US active-rock radio online voting polls. The band has been mentioned in Rolling Stone (Latin America) where Cage9's last E.P. received a cool 3.5 star review, as well as in Billboard, Campus Circle, Hits, Music Connection and has been the subject of many full-page spreads in Panamanian newspapers. U.S. radio playlists that have featured Cage9 include L.A.’s “World Famous” KROQ, El Paso’s KLAQ, Lubbock’s FMX, XM & Sirius Satellite Radio and more.
"Hearts & Stars" can be heard on the latest version of the video game "MX vs. ATV Untamed." The quartet recently recorded WWE upstart Dolph Zeigler's wrestling entrance theme song "I Am Perfection," Stone Cold Steve Austin’s theme song and can be heard in his movie “The Condemned.” Cage9 has two songs featured in Rob Dyrdek’s MTV show “Fantasy Factory,” in the trailer for the "Dukes of Hazzard" movie, in FX's "The Shield," “American Pie: Band Camp,” the vampire thriller "Demon Hunter" and in the intro to CW4Kids show "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight."
Already a part of Universal Music Publishing, Cage9 signed with Japanese label Triple Vision Entertainment / BM.3 Corporation who licensed "Survival Plan," "...For Amnesia," "Chaos Morning" (Japan exclusive) “El Motivo” and "How to Shoot Lasers…" which, in combination, have sold over 18,000 copies.
The band's YouTube Channel has received over 260,000 views to date with numerous official videos like the new "A Million Miles Below the Earth," "Comatose" and “My Doppelganger,” which they released in English and Spanish and spent time in full rotation on Mtv Latino.
Band frontman, Evan Rodaniche, is also known for his guitar work with Powerman 5000 (helmed by Spider, brother of Rob Zombie), whose upcoming new album he recorded, produced, co-wrote and mixed and is being released by T Boy/Universal later this year.
Evan recently celebrated the release of a signature guitar that reflects the Cage9 post-apocolyptic artwork by B.C. Rich owned guitar company Michael Kelly. The guys are currently in the studio working on new music.