The Heavy rock sound that is ‘Caustic Casanova’ out of Washington D.C has embark on an enormous North American tour for this Summer/Fall. After the release of Someday You Will Be Proven Correct and a 2012 SXSW tour, then a transition from the group’s original guitarist they have gained consistent momentum in popularity…
Keep reading for our Full Q&A with the band!
Being a heavy rock trio do you ever want to define yourself differently, describe your sound in other words?
We usually say we are a heavy, eclectic rock trio with many, many different influences ranging from psychedelic rock, sludge, progressive rock, punk, and even blues. I think our Facebook says something like progressive psychedelic sludge space punk. The common thread running through all of our songs is heaviness and distortion, but there’s a lot packed into our sound so it’s hard to categorize. Someone called us heavy metal B-52’s a couple days ago. We think that’s pretty rad!
How long have you all been apart of this group?
Francis and I have been playing together since the inception of Caustic Casanova in 2005 at The College of William and Mary. Andrew joined the band about three and a half years ago, after our original guitar player left the band.
Where did “Caustic Casanova” come from, who came up with that title?
Francis and the original guitar player named the band Caustic Casanova after a particularly smooth talking guy that lived in their college freshman hall. You could say he was a caustic Casanova. We are all alliteration enthusiasts so we thought it sounded cool too.
Now, all of you are embarking on a pretty large tour, how do you prepare for a tour this large?
So many things go into planning a tour this large that it’s hard to know where to start with this question. The most important thing is making sure all the loose ends from booking the shows themselves are tied up – bills are confirmed, advance info is sent, we know when to load in, etc. Once we are on the road with limited computer time it’s much more difficult to get things that require planning done so we try to get as much of that done beforehand as possible. Stef handles our Couchsurfing.com account so she finds us places to stay a month or so in advance in cities where we don’t have friends or family. We have to make sure we bring enough merch, like vinyl, CDs and shirts with us, so we take inventory and order more if we need to. We always make pbj sandwiches and bring other snacks and tons of water in a cooler with us. We also do instrument inventory and make sure we have enough back up cables, drum heads, guitar picks, amp tubes, etc just in case we need to replace something and can’t find a music store (this has already come in handy multiple times on this tour). We insured all of our equipment this year before we left. There are many other little things we have to do, like sending out regional emails to our mailing list subscribers letting them know when we’ll be playing their town and constantly updating our social media accounts, that are equally as important too. All in all, it’s many months of hard work doing it DIY like this, but we love touring so we are happy to do it and it’s all worth it in the end.
Do you have a particular city/venue you’re more excited to perform at than the rest?
We all really love the southwestern part of the country, especially Arizona and New Mexico so we are excited for our shows out there. Those are some of the most beautiful drives. In terms of a specific venue I think we are all really looking forward to playing in Tampa, FL at New World Brewery again. It’s an awesome venue with a great beer selection and we made some good friends last time.
If you could jump on any tour now with any touring artist, who would it be?
Queens of the Stone Age or Melvins – equal parts amazing music and goofy personalities. It would be awesome to see them perform every night and then make silly videos with them.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our Orlando Reader’s?
Come to our show at Will’s Pub on Thursday, September 15th and say hi!
To find out more on the band and/our dates: http://causticcasanova.com/caustic-casanova-is/
Orlando Native’s ‘The 502s’ are hosting their CD release party this weekend (August, 14th) at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub in Winter Park. After being selected to perform at the Okeechobee Music Festival in March with headliners, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Kendrick Lamar, they received such a large response to their Folk sound that the band has recorded their first EP. With the band’s upbeat Folk, indie/pop sound you will clearly be a fan if you Have ‘Lumineers‘or ‘Of Monster’s and Men’ on your playlist.
Check out are chat with band this past week:
How would you describe your musical styling?
We are a mixture of the energy of early Mumford and Sons, crossed with the DIY attitude of The Lumineers and the communal, heartfelt tunes of The Head and the Heart. We’ve got kick drum, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, accordion, trumpet and a lot of energy on stage.
When did all of you decide to come together for this project?
We were fortunate enough to win a big competition and play at Okeechobee Music Festival in March, and at that time we had a lot of original songs that we not only played live, but that also got great crowd reception. At OMF people who saw us would ask where they could find our music, and we kind of reluctantly had to tell them we didn’t have anything recorded yet. We realized it was hard for people to follow us without some music online, so the week after the festival we sat down, picked the four songs we thought were our best, and went into the studio. It felt like the next, natural step for us.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Our biggest musical influences by far have been Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Our music blends the styles of those two so that it’s familiar yet different at the same time. The “different” part of of that blend comes from other artists who we listen to constantly. We particularly love artists on Communion Records of London, and Bear’s Den and Ben Howard have been huge influences – Bear’s Den especially early on for us. More recently The Avett Brothers, The Oh Hellos, and The Head and The Heart have been on repeat for us.
Do you have a favorite track that you’ve recorded?
Far and away the favorite track to actually record in studio was Hi There, Hello. There were points during that process were all four of us were standing around a mic, they’d hit record, and we just were hooting and hollering, yelling out random things that would go into the background of the song to give it a communal feel. It was incredibly fun to just riff off of each other like that. It was just as fun to get to listen to each take and hear how absurd we were being as well. Trackwise, our favorite song on the EP is The Sea Song. The intro to the song is very powerful and easy to get into, and we love the trumpet part.
Are the lyrics an Individual or more of a collaborate effort?
The lyrics are an individual effort. Ed writes the lyrics, but in a very roundabout way. The music to our songs is always written first, even if it’s just a simple chord structure on a guitar. Then Ed will play the music repeatedly until he comes up with a melody. After that he’ll come up with lyrics and words that flow well in the melody, with inspiration coming from tons of different places. If Ed is ever stuck on what to write, one thing he likes to do is randomly pick words out of books, especially Hemingway novels, and then weave a story for the song around those words.
Is there anything you would like to tell our Orlando Reader’s?
We’re very proud to be from Orlando and to be doing our EP release here. Come out to Fiddler’s on August 14th 5PM, it will be a great evening!
Third Uncle Records, presents the debut LP from ‘No One Mind’, Celebrating the new release during Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh on September, 9th.
Coming from the deconstruction of two musical project’s ; The Love Language and Birds of Avalon. They set out to give a voice to the emotional ends of their last musical endeavors. Playing with the theme of betrayal thoroughly in this LP.
Ellis Anderson, Noah Dehmer and Missy Thangs began the ‘No One Mind’ project after leaving their previous band’s and coming together for one musical solution. They added to the mix, Sam Logan and Joel Willis, creating a mix of pop structure and classic rock sounds on this full-length LP.
The band is releasing the first single “Tomorrow” off of their LP very soon! So stay alert on all the band’s new music updates by liking Noisy Ghost PR: https://www.facebook.com/NoisyGhostPR/?fref=ts
The Southern Rock (blues infused) Atlanta based band consisting of guitarist-vocalist J.B Brisendine, bassist James Fedigan, keyboardist/organist Nick Johns and drummer JC Bartlebaugh, Is heading to Orlando with their (Original, but surprisingly Classsic) Rock collection.
We caught up with vocalist J.B Brisendine this past week on the history of ‘Brother Hawk’ to their new album.
How long did you work on this new album? In a sense, we’ve been working on it for the past five years, writing and perfecting these songs. But we tracked it all in about 4 days at The Quarry in Kennesaw, GA
Are the Lyrics an individual or collaborative effort? Individual. I write all the lyrics, except for “Big Medicine” which I wrote with my older brother way back in 2007.
In a music world with So many bands/artist what do you think makes ‘Brother Hawk’ stand apart from the rest? That’s hard for me to personally say, but the main thing is us. The music we create can only come from the four of us in a room together.
How would you describe your musical style? Raw and natural. We play whatever comes naturally to us, we try not to force or even over polish anything.
When did you first start working together in this group/band? 2010. James and I had been trying to get a band going for a few years, but Nick was a busy man and it took some convincing. Once we jammed together for the first time we knew we had something special.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our Orlando reader’s? That we love your city! We’ve never had a bad time there and can’t wait to come back!
Catch ‘Brother Hawk’ Live @ Will’s Pub on August, 5th. Show is just $10 for General Admission (21+), Don’t miss it!
For advanced ticket purchase: Brother Hawk tickets
For more info on the band check out the FB page: http://www.Facebook.com/BrotherHawkATL
The feeling of Summer is of course causing all of us to feel a bit more adventurous… So do we have the perfect Soundtrack to a bonfire and Antiquing in New Mexico kinda night😉 . With the lead singer (Jacqueline) vocals taking you on a smooth wave back to a past genre, while the melodies are a unique mix of Utilizing lo-fi recording techniques developing into a psychedelic nostalgic pop sound.
When did you decide to come together for this project?
Augustus and I have been producing music together for over 10 years. This project came together about 3 years ago while we were living in LA, and were both in between projects.
How long have all of you been performing, when did you first get the music bug😉 ?
I have been performing since I was about 8, forcing my family to watch my improvised modern dance performances in the living room. I began formal classical piano at 8, and voice at 12. It’s been my entire existence really. Augustus made his first recording, a cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” at age 4. I think we still have a copy of that somewhere. His dad was a professional bass player in the disco era, so it’s really in his blood. I think we both came out of the womb with the bug. Both our parents played us a lot of music while we were cooking in there.
What inspires you the most when writing/recording?
We take in inspiration from the world around us, the larger universe that we exist in, the metaphysical world, and the idea of perception vs reality. We are always digging for artists that laid the foundation for us in the world of experimental electronic music, global psychedelia, free jazz, and the great producers of the 20th century. There is a rich history of art as an agent for change. That’s really what we’re interested in – living with our eyes wide open, taking it all in, and then translating it into our art form.
How would you say this project is different from other bands in the genre?
Well, we straddle a lot of genres, but we have declared ourselves in the world of psych pop. What really sets us apart, in my opinion, is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We have created a world for our music to live inside, and once you step inside with us, you see that we are exploring some serious stuff, but having a party at the same time. It’s fun in here, but we will challenge your pre-conceptions.
Describe your music in One Word?
What would you like to tell our reader’s?
Be peace mongers! It starts with your own personal happiness. Seek that out and find the peace and joy within knowing of yourself. Dive deep and explore your true self through meditation. Spread your inner peace and joy and don’t let money rule your life. It’s not worth it and breeds greed and all things ugly.
Everything is Light and Sound, LP is out Now!
Solo Melodic doom/death project, Somnent was mixed, mastered inside of a Home Studio (Diagnostic Studio) during the summer of 2015. This one man band is relentlessly going into to the metal scene without looking back. This project is the creative brain-child of Giovanni A. Vigliotti.
Off the Eventide EP includes 5 Tracks: Achromic, Relinquished, Eventide, Awakening and Disseverence. The musical stamina this one man band shows is very unique. With a wide range on this EP from metal to doom/death rock is a rare talent going from track to track so easily. With a slower intro into the Metal on the Track ‘Eventide’ and a more steady impacted doom metal on the track ‘Relinquished’.
To read more on ‘Somnent‘ go on to their BandCamp page where you can also take a listen to this new EP. http://somnent.bandcamp.com/releases .
Formed in 2008 by Italy born singer and pianist Laura Loriga this indie/pop band is ready for their third album release. With two albums already under this talented international artist; Apocalypse Sets In – Midfinger Records/Warner Chappell, in 2009, and Memories for the Unseen – Urtovox Records, in 2012.
Their new single titled “Birds of a Feather” reflects the sound’s of a tragic yet beautiful symphony of words and melodies. A jazzy spin on coffee shop classics, this band collectively combines lyrical rhythm with sultry vocals and a proficiently accurate band blending everything like a smooth a whiskey.
During the making of this album Laura as well took time to collaborate on different projects with other Italian bands (including Giardini di Miro) and composers for soundtrack work including Leonardo de Bernardini and producer Adam Moseley. Laura has been working with a stable band composed of Stefano Michelotti (nychelharpa, accordion, dan-bau, shruti box and more), Matteo Zucconi (stand-up bass, pedals), Luca Gugliemlino (guitar), and Riccardo Frisari (drums).
Mimes of Wine are preparing to release their third record, La Maison Verte, written by Laura and arranged with the current band.
Their new record will be released by Accidental Muzik in the US on June 10, 2016 .
*Click below to hear the full length track of “Birds of a Feather”.*