By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Vocalist/Guitarist Colton Douglas, Bassist Damien Moore, Guitarist Colton Baker and Drummer Tyler Sarris make up Kelowna, B.C. based punk quartet Cloaker, who’ve returned with their sophomore EP ‘1995,’ which was released on April 8, 2020. The single/music video “’95” was also unveiled not too long before.
The EP follows up their debut ‘I Serve… A Higher Authority,’ which garnered universal praise from critics and fans alike. With ‘1995,’ the band seeks to establish a more mature, yet familiar sound.
The Music Bugle recently had the opportunity to talk to Douglas about the latest release and other topics.
Music Bugle – What inspired the name “Cloaker”?
Colton Douglas – The name Cloaker actually comes from one of my favorite video games, “Super Mario RPG.” It is the name of one of the mini-bosses in the game.
Music Bugle – What was the process like of putting together your sophomore EP “1995”?
Colton Douglas – The process for putting the EP together was very simple this time around. I work at the studio that we tracked at, so I was able to work on the EP as much as I wanted, adding little things here and there and doing slight mixing adjustments. It made it really easy because I could talk with Jordon (Producer/Engineer) in person everyday if I wanted something changed and so forth.
Music Bugle – How does your newer music compare to your earlier work?
Colton Douglas – I feel our newer music is much stronger than our older stuff, but the older stuff still holds up for me. I am still very proud of that first EP, but I feel like for this release, we really came into our own.
Music Bugle – How would you compare your experience playing in the recording studio as opposed to in front of a live crowd?
Colton Douglas – For me, personally, I love both studio and live playing. I’m a big studio nerd, but at the same time, shows are the best and I am really wishing I could be playing right now.
Music Bugle – Do you feel social media makes it harder or easier to stand out as a band?
Colton Douglas – I feel social media makes it easier to stand out as a band. It allows you to give your band its own asthetic and theme for your listeners to get hooked into.
Music Bugle – Has the COVID-19 outbreak affected the band directly in any ways?
Colton Douglas – We definitely had our fair share of loss from the COVID-19 outbreak. We had to cancel a tour I had started to put together myself way back in November that was supposed to directly support our EP release. Luckily, we have awesome fans who bought up the fresh merch we had printed for the shows.
Music Bugle – Which of your musical influences do you feel shine the most through your music?
Colton Douglas – In our new EP, you can expect to hear some Title Fight influences, as well as some Citizen for sure.
Music Bugle – What do you feel people should know about the band?
Colton Douglas – I feel people should know that we can’t wait to play shows for them again. As soon as this thing is over, we will be out.
Music Bugle – What’s your favorite song or set of lyrics, generally speaking?
Colton Douglas – I’m going with “’95.” The lyrics are really close to me and some of my favorite I’ve written. From the demo to the final song, only one line changed slightly, so I feel like I just nailed it from the start.
Music Bugle – What do you hope to soon accomplish that you haven’t already?
Colton Douglas – Our next goal as a band is definitely to record more music and to get on some tours with bands we love. We had recently purchased a van, so we are all ready to get out on the road.