Buzzbands.LA call The Cerny Brothers “a group without any trendy gimmicks, a lead banjo player strumming with the same vigor as if on the electric guitar and simplistic lyrics delivered with strength.” Robert and Scott Cerny grew up in a small town in rural Illinois, recording music in their bedroom, playing around town at clubs, friends’ birthday parties, and barns in the middle of nowhere. Though the music kept them busy, they were also making extremely low budgets movies that Scott would direct and edit and Robert would score.
After graduating from college, they recorded their debut album “Dream” under the name The Cerny Brothers with their friends in The Giving Tree Band. They carried the album with them to Los Angeles, where they continued to play and write as much as they could. In a musical climate so bloated that it became easy to get buried in the noise, Robert and Scott set out for a sound that would project in the midst of it. They played for a while with a drummer, which set apart their breed of folk rock from any other acoustic music happening in LA. A little after a year, their self-titled album was recorded in Ojai, California, and included popular songs like “Ohio” and “Don't Run,” with “beautiful folk melodies and extremely catchy and chorus driven sing-a-longs.” The brothers were already touring when they met Santa Monica native Albert Hickman, who learned the bass and the whole set in a matter of weeks, hitting the road with them and seeing snow for the first time. It wasn't long before they added drummer Robert Anderson, who moved from Florida to continue his study of the drums in Los Angeles.
This year marks the release of their new album, Sleeping Giant, recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle with producers Jerry Streeter and Ryan Hadlock, who are known for their work with Brandi Carlile and The Lumineers. The album signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs on “Sleeping Giant” deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, staying rooted in something that can be shaken but not moved, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.