CAUSTIC CASANOVA channel the power of the North American buffalo and deliver a massive beast of a song with brand new track ‘Lodestar’, the first video singletaken from the Washington D.C. based riff-rockers’ forthcoming album “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center”. The full-length has been slated for release on October 7and all details are presented below
CAUSTIC CASANOVA comment: “In 2019, when we asked Jake to join the band, we immediately threw him into writing and recording a 22-minute song within the first month”, bass player and singer Francis Beringer reveals. “Before long, we were on a five week summer tour, which was followed by another big fall tour. After half a year on the road, we asked Jake to come up with some riffs in one of our favorite low-tuning, AADGBE, a favourite of Torche, Melvins, and others. Out of those riffs, we created ‘Lodestar’, the first song we built around Jake’s initial ideas. We think it’s one of the heaviest and most naturally Caustic Casanova songs ever written, which made the rest of us even more sure that inviting Jake was the right decision. He has a distinct style, with precise use of wild and over the top effect pedals, tritone chords, juxtapositions of extreme fuzz metal, and flowery, bright guitar work, but the spirit of ‘Lodestar’ is exactly what this band always endeavors to be: adventurous, really heavy, and strange. The rest of us loved adding to this tune, twisting and tangling it to create the final version. Stefanie and I spent six weeks in 2020 camping and traveling in the Dakotas, mostly in North Dakota, and the lyrics are vaguely about that time. I saw ‘Mandan Woman Never Dies’ written on a large rock and knew it would be an amazing lyric. Anyone interested in hidden and little known American history should go and read ‘Encounters at the Heart of the World’, a history of the Mandan people of North Dakota by Elizabeth Fenn.”
1. Anubis Rex
3. A Bailar Con Cuarentena
4. Shrouded Coconut
5. Bull Moose against the Sky
On their fifth album, the brain-frying “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center”, Washington, DC-based riffonauts CAUSTIC CASANOVA pull an expansive range of sounds into their tight, hyperkinetic core – and explode them outward in a kaleidoscope of progressive heavy rock exuberance.
In ferocious opposition to playing music in an established style that might give listeners a way in but can narrow down what’s allowable, CAUSTIC CASANOVAplant their flag dramatically on the side of genre-agnostic exploration. Simply put, the Americans allow each song to go wherever the hell it wants (or needs) to head towards.
Formed in 2005 as the trio consisting of drummer and vocalist Stefanie Zaekner, bass-player and singer Francis Beringer, and guitarist Andrew Yonki, CAUSTIC CASANOVA‘s chose a path to constantly refine their thrillingly unpredictable music, which careens from sardonic noise rock to proggy sludge in the vein of BARONESS, RED FANG, and TORCHE, while also taking inspiration from the gargantuan heft of MELVINS to BORIS, and fleet guitar heroics with flashes of dark-hued post-punk.
After a number of proudly DIY releases, CAUSTIC CASANOVA caught the attention of KYLESA, who released the band’s third full-length “Breaks” through their own label. Having brought their pure rock fury to the riff-thirsty masses on more than a dozen full and regional US tours, CAUSTIC CASANOVA applied their road-honed chops to bang out a heavier, more joyously swaggering set of righteous songs for 2019’s triumphant album “God How I Envy the Deaf”.
With the addition of second guitarist Jake Kimberley in 2019, the now-quartet set their sights on making the most adventurous and prog-rock CAUSTIC CASANOVArecord yet. “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” underscores all their strengths, while making the most of the expanded line-up that opened up their sound to new possibilities. Beringer’s reedy, melodic bass dances heavily alongside the two frying guitars to empower a trio of lead voices. Zaenker’s percussion is powerfully inventive across the album’s five expansive songs, sounding equally at home in swinging, Bill Ward stomp as in math-rock jitteriness.
Long-time travellers in CAUSTIC CASANOVA‘s orbit will doubtless find “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” an exhilarating welcome back that includes the ambitiously sprawling, 22-minute epic ‘Bull Moose against the Sky’ which occupies the album’s entire B-side. Yet those who are new to the massive sound of these raging psychedelic sludge buffaloes will find outstanding songcraft and rich storytelling that is worth every second and countless repeat spins. Three, two, one… go!
Release date: October 7, 2022
Francis Beringer – vocals, bass
Stefanie Zænker – vocals, drums, percussion
Andrew Yonki – guitar
Jake Kimberley – guitar
Style: Stoned Psych Sludge
Recorded & engineered by J. Robbins at Magpie Cage, Baltimore, MD, USA
Produced by J. Robbins and Caustic Casanova
Mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre Audio, Patterson, NY, USA
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, Cornwall, NY, USA
Artwork & Layout by Scott Partridge
“Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” is available as Digisleeve CD, on transparent blue vinyl, and as coloured vinyl LP.
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