On March 21st, the alternative/electronic rock band I:Scintilla will dazzle audiences at the Highdive with their blend of dark lyrics and tripped out sound effects. Get ready for a sweaty mosh pit that pulsates like a rave.
buzz: I:Scintilla is a really unusual name for a band. What’s the origin of your band’s name?
Brittany Bindrim, I:Scintilla: Well, I didn’t really have anything to do with naming the band. It was in place before I had joined. The idea for it came from a word-the-day email that Jim received.
Jim Cookas, I:Scintilla: All the other band names were taken, so we had to go with some punctuation. Have you noticed that a lot of indie-rock bands are moving towards cute little sentences for band names? Isn’t that cute?
buzz: With the use of electronics in your music, how do you incorporate the sounds into your live show?
Cookas: Our live show is basically a rock band with a laptop. We have drums, bass, guitar and vocals along with the laptop that provides a variety of synth sounds and programmed drums. Unlike a lot of bands in our genre, we have resisted the temptation to put everything, including vocals, on backing tracks.
buzz: What’s your favorite part about being in I:Scintilla?
Bindrim: Free drink tickets.
Cookas: The endless parade of chicks.
buzz: Who in the band is the hardest to be on tour with? Does anyone have an annoying habit that nobody can stand?
Bindrim: We all are all very close and get along really well in the band. We don’t really get into too many arguments on the road. I mean well all get cranky from time to time. But I would say Jim, Vince and Chad are all easy to tour with.
Cookas: Chad (bass) is both the easiest and most difficult member to travel with. His troubles typically stem from genitalia, both the constant exposure of his and the desire to grab others.
buzz: If I:Scintilla was an animal, what would it be and why?
Bindrim: A fly. An ultraviolet one.
buzz: You’re signed with a Belgium label. Do you perform internationally? Where’s your favorite place to play?
Bindrim: Last year we played the Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany. It was such an amazing experience to be a part of such a huge festival and to share the bill with artists such as Front 242, Suicide Commando, and Emily Autumn. That was my favorite show to date. We plan on doing a full European tour in the future. We also just signed a distribution deal in Russia, so we hope to tour there as well.
Cookas: I wish we could have played a show at Brass Rail.