Cynical Wasteland was written when we were all just starting out in the Calgary music scene, playing dives that don’t even exist anymore. The song is about what I was thinking as a teenager at the time. I was writing about how I felt people’s attitudes were in general, and how people were treating our world and each other. I thought the world was starting to look like a cynical wasteland wherever you went. We wrote the song in a day, and we recorded it at Alchemy studios, mixed it at Metal Works. The musicality really pleased me and I still find some elements to this day that I love to sing and play. I was listening to Megadeth, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, and Metallica when we wrote it.
We played it live the first time at a place called the Stetson and they listed our band as “Judas Cradle”. It was the first time I ever had a billing with our band name on it and I was mortified that they got it wrong! We printed some t-shirts with “it’s a cynical wasteland, no matter how far you go” on the back shoulders. It was a thrill the first time a saw someone I didn’t know walking down the street in one. We might play it again at one of our shows, but as an acoustic version in a future set list.
The Cynically Wasted tour was our first cross Canada tour, it was 68 shows, and extensively long. We were buying everything we need, day to day, from the door money we got each night. We would have sandwiches made from one loaf of bread each day, that’s how we ate. We would buy one motel room and all sleep in there in sleeping bags. They were the grossest cheapest motel rooms ever!