While living in Los Angeles, Corey Bates spent his time writing songs late nights in his truck at the Santa Monica Mountains. "I felt like I needed to be completely secluded and let the inspiration flow, so I would sit in the cab of my truck with a flashlight, guitar and lyric pad and just write for hours" recalls Bates. He decided to return to his home state of NY and find the perfect band mates.
Even before playing their first show, music supervisors showed interest in the music Corey had written and his songs began to show up on HBO, Pay-Per-View and more. Also, the band has enjoyed a bit of "cult-status" as their song 'Alternate Lifestyle' was placed in Dane Cook's Tourgasm series and later on the soundtrack alongside rock heavy weights Wolfmother
Cruelty Free is not about contriving a sound. There are vast influences that may seem to be polar-opposites of each other, such as Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Dead Can Dance, Failure, Weezer and Jeff Buckley.