Violinist Nedelle Torrisi has played music with her main-man and guitarist Chris Cohen for years. Although a member of Deerhoof, Cohen was in a band called the Curtains. And Torrisi eventually became the violinist.
When the two decided to form a new band, Cryptacize, which plays a special brand of independent rock, they knew there were going to be confused fans.
"We didn't want our music to be mistaken for our music we did in the Curtains," said Torrisi from her home in Oakland, Calif. "It is a bit different, and we wanted to differentiate between the two. That's why we came up with a new name."
The two recruited drummer Michael Carreira to round out the sound.
"We still are pretty shallow on the low end of our sound," said Torrisi, who has played violin since she was 7. "But Mike is an amazing percussionist."
One of the hard parts about playing in Cryptacize is reconciling the different performance philosophies, Torrisi said.
"Chris and I believe a good performance happens when people pay attention to the music," she said. "We like when an audience is attentive and sitting down.
"Mike, on the other hand, who is a great drummer, believes a great show is done when the audience goes wild. He thrives on audience interaction and getting wild. So, it's been interesting working our approaches out."
While Deerhoof and Torrisi have released an array of separate independent albums, Cryptacize just released its debut CD, "Dig That Treasure" in February.
"The album is more poppy than the other music I have played in the past," Torrisi said. "It was interesting learning how to write songs with Chris. I had known him for a long time, but we were just learning how to write together. We had been our own bosses for so long that collaborations and compromise were foreign to us.
"But we learned, and we are looking forward to the next album," she said.
Another interesting aspect of recording the CD was the musicality.
"We put so much weight on each of the instruments because we are only a three-piece band," Torrisi said. "That was a challenge knowing when to let up. Overall it's been a journey for us."
Still, what makes all the learning and hard times worth the sweat are the live shows."We love to play," Torrisi said. "While I love writing songs, because every time I start there's a glimmer of hope for something new. The live shows are exciting. And we get to meet new people and experience the country."
If you go
What: Cryptacize, Buttery Muffins, Kathryn Cowles, Paul Jacobsen
Where: Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
How much: $7Web: www.24tix.com
E-mail: [email protected]