Fastest Land Animal’s John Cusimano, Andrew Meskin & Jonny Blaze On Their New Album, The Cringe, Future Plans & More – The Hype Magazine


Published on March 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

Isolation. Conflagration. Tribulation. None of these roadblocks could slow down the Fastest Land Animal as the band raced to release its eponymous debut. How these resilient rockers overcame these trials to make their musical mark is a tale for another time. Until recently, the enigmatic trio was rumored to be living in the basement of Los Angeles’ Sunset Marquis Hotel, only coming out at night.

Last week, the mystery around Fastest Land Animal was disspelled as the group was revealed to be the brainchild of frontman John Cusimano, drummer Andrew Meskin and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Blaze. The New York-based musicians have all been members of The Cringe, a band which has toured alongside Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and plenty of other hard rock greats. However, Fastest Land Animal shows off more Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal influence — than that of the Crue, Cooper or other glam heroes — on its recently-released, 9-track, full-length, self-titled album.

On March 8, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with John Cusimano, Andrew Meskin and Jonny Blaze via Zoom, as embedded below. We not only spoke about Fastest Land Animal and The Cringe, but also New York sports teams and musical influences. More on Fastest Land Animal is online at and/or

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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