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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Cassia

Macclesfield Indie band Cassia have recently released their new single ‘Get Up Tight’.The band comprised of members Rob Ellis (Guitar/vocals), Lou Cotterill  (Bass/ vocals) and Jake Leff (Drums/sings) are becoming known for their summer tunes and irresistible Calypso Afro-Rock and ‘Get Up Tight’ follows this glorious trend. The band are becoming more tight sonically as this effortless laid back number is enclosed in compactly weaving guitars knitting their way melodiously and sweetly through the glorious sun kissed melody and rich calypso beat.It’s an infectious ear worm that wiggles its way into your brain causing symptoms of uncontrollable shimmying and bopping. It’s a slick track that cruises in filled with tropical tones and warm zesty guitars lines adding a dash of vitality to the dreamy hazy soundscape. This trio have the balance perfect the track takes its time laying out each component part with a laid back attitude that makes for a juicy enthralling listen.The riffs subtly inject a vivid lush quality while the accented beats keep the song bouncing along. The vocals are unique and distinctively refreshing adding to the entire relaxed state of the track.. There is no rushing this little gem and why would you the pace and quality of this number is perfect. Pure refined indie goodness.

 

Stream ‘Get Up Tight’ below

 


A Chat With: Cassia

We caught up with Rob from Cassia following the release of their new single ‘Weekender’ to have a chat and see what makes them tick

Tell us a bit about Cassia?

We’re a three piece trop rock band from Macclesfield! Started properly around two years ago in Wetherspoons, we were all smashed so the old memory’s a bit hazy but I do remember asking Leff if he knew anyone who was alright at drumming. Me (Rob – guitar) and Lou (bass) were already doing stuff together and I think one of our mates ended up telling us he played drums or something.
After that we were gigging as much as we could locally, then Y Not Festival came up. I think we applied online and someone pulled out so we only found out a week before it. That was insane. It all kind of started moving from there really!

What do you guys do when you are not making music?

Different for all of us really, Lou’s always playing football, me and Leff run a studio. Do fancy a bit of tennis actually, when the weathers good. We all like watching other bands and musicians and stuff so we do that quite a bit. Love watching TV shows on Netflix. Always got a couple of those on the go.

What inspired you to make music?

Just enjoyed doing it really. I started at school writing and producing all kinds of stuff and it just went from there. Something I’ve always loved doing.

How did you decide what style/ genre of music you wanted to do?

I got interested in Afro/Caribbean music probably when I was around 18, after I bought an old West African cd down in Cornwall. As soon as I got back to home I just began to break down the guitar licks, shoving riffs into tunes I was writing at the time trying to make it all work. It changed the music I was making so dramatically; everything became really upbeat and feel good.

Could you briefly describe your music-making process?

So at the minute, it usually happens one of two ways. Either we’ll just
start messing around when we’re supposed to be rehearsing for something and a decent riff or beat or something will happen and we’ll build a song around that. Or I’ll write lyrics or a melody on my own with a riff I’ve got and then bring it to the guys and we’ll put it together there.

You have interesting infectious melodies did these melodies just come naturally or did they take time to craft and piece together?

It does take ages to get something that sounds happy/feel good without being annoying or cheesy, we’ve thought about it a lot. As you do it more and more, you do tend to naturally come up with things quicker but it still takes a fair amount of time!

There is a tropical element to your guitar and rhythms where did this influence come from and what sparked your interest in these sounds?

So yeah I just accidentally started listen to loads of old Afro Caribbean stuff and starting to play it. It began to influence all the music I was writing and it just went from there. Then Leff joined and I remember there was a time he had to play for some blues guy who wanted him to play the djembe and a kick drum and in practicing that he ended up coming up with all these cool afro rhythms and that.

The harmonies in your tracks are pretty sweet and tight was it difficult to achieve tones and vocal pitches that matched and blended perfectly?

Ah cheers mate. Well naturally for some reason our voices have always sounded pretty cool together, which was lucky. Having said that though, none of us were singers to begin with so we’ve all had to learn how to sing and that’s been an interesting and mildly painful experience at times. Leff has had to learn to do all this crazy African shit and sing at the same time which was funny to watch.

Any plans for an album?

Nothing on the immediate horizon but the word has started popping up a lot more frequently recently so we’ll see! I know we all can’t wait to make an album and have it out there. That will be mint!

What can fans expect from one of your live shows?

Loads of energy, a big beach party is what we want. We love it when everyone has a mint time and a good dance and all that.

So far which is your favourite song to perform live and why?

It changes quite often which is good because in our minds that means that we’re buzzing off all our songs and not just one or two. So hopefully everyone else will. At the minute ‘100 times over’ is going down really well, ‘Moana’ as well, the ones that people know are always going to be the maddest live so that’s another reason we want to get as much music out there!

Any plans to come to Ireland in the future?

Yeah there is actually, I don’t know if there is a set in stone date just
yet but we’re definitely coming over pretty soon. Next couple of months kind of thing!

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own band?

Go for it! Grab a couple of mates, have an awesome time. Spend your time writing great music. Get tight and good at what you do, but mainly enjoy it. If you’re lucky like we’re starting to get, you get to see loads of really sick places and play awesome gigs and meet mint people. Its ridiculously good really. I’m always just sat there like this is insane.

Whats next for Cassia?

Got loads of shows coming up all over the UK as well some in Europe later in the year I think. We might even be going further than that too but not sure! Releasing as much music as we can! Think a couple of festivals too this year which is always well fun. Just keeping on making it better and bigger.

Stream ‘Weekender’ below

Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Cassia

Cassia

 

Macclesfield indie trio Cassia have released their new single ‘Weekender’.Band members Rob (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Lou (Bass, Vocals) and Leff (Drums, Vocals) have become known for their sun-soaked grooves combining their trademark tropical pop with raw guitar melodies and ‘Weekender’ does not disappoint. Cassia have given us the perfect track to lay on the beach with some refreshing drinks and watch the sun go down. Its woozy and dreamlike as it drifts in and out of consciousness with spikes of zesty melody and energy. Edgy interjections on guitar and punchy drums keep the track refreshing while the sweet catchy melody, sing along chorus and lush harmonies keep the track flowing with easy going cool vibes and an overriding sense of bliss and tranquillity. Once that guitar kicks off the track you are instantly taken to sunshine and good times with smooth vocals easing you into a state of calm and paradise. With elastic bass and rubber bounce on drums it skips along with a peppy spring and contagious liveliness. Cassia will inject some well needed sunshine into your dull week almost instantly. These guys are fast becoming one of my favourite bands.
Stream ‘Weekender’ below

Cassia ‘100 Times Over’

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Macclesfield indie trio Cassia have released their new single ‘100 Times Over’. Band members Rob (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Lou (Bass, Vocals) and Leff (Drums, Vocals) have become known for their sun-soaked grooves and combining their trademark tropical pop with raw guitar melodies. The trio have already support a plethora of up and coming acts, including Lisbon and Girl Friend. These shows have resulted in the band appearing at festivals such as Brownstock, Folk On the Lawn, as well as Y-Not Festival for two years running, their first appearance going down so well they were asked back again this year. These festival appearances, coupled with the strength of the band’s first single ‘Moana’ afforded Cassia their first taste of real industry interest, with major labels getting in touch soon after.
‘100 Times Over’ is a lavish cocktail of indie pop with sun-drenched tropical melodies and a slice of lush rich golden guitar that adds a lime zest and bite, with a rhythmic bounce that will have you in your shorts and sunglasses dancing in no time. This track vibrates and exudes warm sunshine with each pick and strum you can feel the glow of the sun and sweltering heat. Delicate smooth vocals and tight harmonies make this track infectiously charming. Its a cheeky little dance and shuffle that displays someones hidden explosion of joy.
Close your eyes on this winters day and let ‘100 Times Over’ take you on a blissful tropical holiday.
You can catch Cassia live at:
Sat 19/11/16 | The Live Room, Manchester
Mon 21/11/16 | Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle
Tue 22/10/16 | The Polar Bear, Hull
Wed 23/11/16 | The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
Thu 24/11/16 | Bleach, Brighton
Fri 25/11/16 | The Victoria, London
Stream ‘100 Times Over’ below