Suitcase Video co-directed by Sue Ann Pien, and Michael Khachadoorian. Filmed (with the help of Drew Tolley and Kathleen Shifs) in the Sequoia National Park - oh glorious near Northern California.
Filmed in the San Gabriel Mountains of California, directed by Sue Ann Pien (co-star of As We See It - Amazon Prime).
"Our medieval take on a modern plague with a fairytale twist!" Written, recorded, and filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Set in Gault France. Directed by Sue Ann Pien (co-star of As We See It - Amazon Prime).
Mis-spent youth in all her glory...Cynthia's shout out to her 'days in the band'. Video by Jerry Spears.
Cynthia grew up in the New York City music scene. Romanced by California and all things west coast, she moved to Los Angeles on the heels of the Northridge earthquake. Inspired by DIY artists like Ani DiFranco, she immersed herself in the indie world, forming Saucy Monky with Dublin-born Annmarie Cullen. Her self-made indie label ‘olivoiL records’ hosted a series of events that brought the LA music scene together in the late 1999s through the late-2000s.
The ‘Songwriters on Tap’ and ‘Indie Nights’ music series’ launched the careers of artists like Gaby Mareno and hosted superstars like Sara Bareilles, Colin Hay, Garrison Starr, and Jimmy Gnecco.
Saucy Monky went on to perform for festival audiences across Europe. Opening for Wilco, The B52’s, Pink, The Cure, Black Eyed Peas, Metric, Marianne Faithful, and more.
Their indie-pop songs and albums charted on Irish radio. The single ‘Disco Ball (Boulevard Remix)’ was a feat. on iCarly (NICK) and climbed the ‘top 40 AAA’ charts in America. Their mgr at the time, Keith Cunningham, secured the band deals with 429 Records and Measured in the UK. The duo penned songs for TV and film - landing their first commercial with Wendy’s, a subsequent theme song on ABC Daytime, and hundreds of film and TV placements. Cynthia produced the bands’ albums and eventually other artists. She’s currently scoring the short film Once More Like Rainman which will tour the film festival circuit.
Co-writing for new projects and solo releases, currently collaborating with Beth Thornley, Jason Thomas Gordon, Sylvie Lewis, Naimee Coleman, Saucy Monky’s Annmarie Cullen, and Tonal Noir. One former band project, The Secret Things, was signed by Loud Kult Records in Sweden. The power trio released an EP and various singles; signature tracks include Keeper written during the #metoo movement, and an alt rock cover of PJ Harveys’ Down By the Water.
After TST disbanded and Saucy Monky went on hiatus, Cynthia returned to Ireland for her second chapter of solo music-making. She released 14 singles & cinematic videos, some of which have premiered in Hot Press Magazine. Post pandemic, she returned to live performance touring with and opening for Jimmy Gnecco’s band OURS, The Young Dubliners, and The Riptide Movement. Recent videos include Frames, Something Better, Suitcase, and Only Time Will Tell, which was filmed on the streets of Goult in the South of France. Frames, one of her latest, was captured in Bombay Beach, in the other-worldly California desert. These videos were directed and created by As We See It (Amazon Prime) co-star, Sue Ann Pien.
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Photo by Aly Whitman. Location - The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA.
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