Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The experts weigh in

Here's what the press has been saying about last night's Rumblings...

The Northeast Performer:
Night two of the WBCN Rock 'N' Roll Rumble began with Cassavettes, a mostly Texas-rooted four-piece whose smooth spin on alt-country included jangly guitars and hearty harmonies. The band played a set with fluid momentum that most definitely impressed, exhibiting solid talent and strong songwriting but never quite setting the room on fire. Their shining moment was a soulful ballad (with vocalist/guitarist Mike McCullagh on lap steel) that seamlessly transitioned into a raucous southern-flavored number that bordered on a rockabilly sound. The band has won "Best Americana Act" accolades but one might suggest that the sound isn't traditional Americana nor traditional alt-country; perhaps neo-cana-folk would be more apt.

Funny, because I just read on Chris' favorite message board that one audience member thought that what killed us was that soulful ballad ("Like Secrets Beneath"). Funny how everyone interprets it differently, eh?

The Weekly Dig:
Cassavettes were the first band up on the second night of the Rumble, and they were my early pick to win. Well, not exactly. They were who I would have picked to win, but not who I actually expected to win. (Damn you, judges!) Despite starting in the dreaded 9:30PM spot, they developed a quick rapport with the crowd. These guys were so comfortable with being onstage that it was hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm. Not to mention that the music pretty much grabbed my ear, pulled down its pants and made sweet, sweet love to it. The only song I didn’t completely feel worked up about was a slower number featuring guitarist Michael Eoghan McCullagh on the lap steel. The song was pretty, but he didn’t seem 100% comfortable on the instrument and it showed. It should also be noted for fans of the studio album that the live show and the album have a pretty different feel: the live show is a hell of a lot punchier with distortion, whereas the album has a mellow feel that the live performance couldn’t really capture. One isn’t really better than the other, though - more like music you could drink whiskey and fight to, versus music you could listen to while drinking whiskey and just chilling the eff out. ... In the end, I still felt like Cassavettes had brought more A-game to the show than any other band, but I figured it would come down to Aloud or Baker. Baker took first place, and they damn well deserved it.

AWESOME REVIEW, eh? That guy ruled. He talked to us for awhile. I'd never met him before, but I'm glad the music was able to give his ear a good... loving.

The Boston Herald:
Country fried rock group Cassavettes kicked off the second night of BCN’s Rock N’ Roll Rumble, at Harpers Ferry, with a Texas-size load of enthusiasm, but the closing band Baker walked away with the sweet prize. ... The Cassavettes undoubtedly had the toughest spot in the lineup but the four members didn’t let an early set time hurt their performance. They called the audience to attention at the first note of “Carolyn Don’t Leave Like This.” And, when singer Glenn Yoder and bassist Coyote Scott Jones jumped onto the speakers near the audience, it was a long awaited display of showmanship.

This was written by Kerry, who was very complimentary of the band after the set. The solace was the nice accolades we received from Kerry and many others, actually. Plus, Shred took us aside and gave us some really nice words to end the evening. That guy rules. Easily the best in Boston.

The Noise didn't really write anything that I can find, but they did do a poll with us finishing behind Aloud and in front of Baker, which shows you how good everyone was. And someone comments about how hard Matt hits the drums -- haha. Also, one member gives this hilarious review:
My reviews based on the one song that played on myspace:

Cassavettes - Wow, I thought this might be decent until the shitty vox kicked in. 10 bucks says this band met at the White Horse Tavern. These guys could make a career of playing frat houses.

Aloud - This chick is singing out of her range and the vox are mixed too loud. Tell the band to change keys, stat. Oh, and while he is at it, the guitar player's single note riffs are stiff sounding. Song grew on me toward the end. Must be the "woo-oooh-oooh" backups and the beers.

Ark Royal - Holy shit, Andrew WK's band just got fronted by some pop punk douche who ruined what I thought might be a good tune. Oh, and the only thing glam about this band is that it reminds me of the taking it up the ass scene at the end of Velvet Goldmine.

Baker - The 90's called, they want their Any City, USA local opening act college radio band back.

Deep, man, deep. Actually, I bet Matt's the only one who has been to the Whitehorse. And two of us don't go to college. And none of us ever set foot in a frat house. Pretty cool quick-take review.

If anyone else can dig up any other reviews, send them this way!

Also, apparently there are photos here, but I'm not sure if I need permission to use them!

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Anonymous scott jones said...

some good lovin' from some good folks. and i like how mike and i constantly get reffered to as "micheal eoghan mccullagh" and "coyote scott jones" because of what our names say on myspace. and how one person can say that "secrets" made our set right next to one person saying it ruined it. all of this is made possible by the internet. i feel like i'm living in a tomorrow world.

03 April, 2007 14:42  
Blogger cassavettes said...

also, the noise board has a field day criticizing matt's drumming (in another post that chris dug up). i dont get it. i thought the kid did a fantastic job last night. there's also a debate over why i would use a piano for one song (it was two). the answer is this isn't a normal set, we only played 7 songs, and i dont mind lugging it up there to play our biggest crowd pleaser, "it's gonna be alright." easy.

03 April, 2007 15:19  
Blogger cassavettes said...

also, if anyone wants to take issue with the noise board (or commisserate over my unnecessary keyboard presence), here's the link to the latest:

03 April, 2007 15:32  
Anonymous scott said...

hey glenn i think you posted the wrong link. try this out: http://www.thenoiseboard.com/index.php?showtopic=161183&st=25 which is only slightly different from your link so maybe the thing is just crazy. anyway, i wouldn't worry about what a bunch of noise board kids said, they are overly critical of everything from what i've seen, and have musical tastes completely different from what we all have. which isn't a bad thing, i guess, but could be a good reason for the thrashing we're getting over there. also, i like the way matt plays drums, but i like hard drums. i hit them even harder than matt does, and sometimes when i play drums i think to myself, "why doesn't matt play them this hard, i sound totally awesome right now." but to each his own i suppose. also some people are sticking up for us having a keyboard and calling the original post "nitpicking" which it basically is.

but one thing that cracked me up is a quote about mike's resemblance to another boston rocker (while still managing to criticize our performance:
"The Dig must have had their ear in the lapsteel amp, because where I was standing I could hear it. I mean, I saw Baby Jake Brennen playing it, but I couldn't hear a note."

i laughed outloud when i saw that for about 20 seconds, but i bet mike wouldn't like it. he hates hearing about how someone looks like someone else almost as much as you love hearing it. anyway, i thought we all played some good tunes so what does it really matter.

03 April, 2007 17:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would like to take a moment to disagree with the northeast performer saying you never quite lit the room on fire...i thought the room was blazin!

for whatever thats worth.


04 April, 2007 06:31  
Anonymous Mike said...

Jake's a good looking dude, but come on. Yeah, we both have hair that goes up and does some wavy things. Jake may have sideburns, but I don't know. I don't look like Jake Brennan. I'm not mad that someone thought that, I just think they are wrong. That's that. Also, I don't hate when people look like other people. I was the one that pointed out that Ward Hayden looks exactly like Alex Winter, that Scott looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller, and that the singer from Hoobastank looks like John Cusack mixed with an asian man mixed with a goldfish.

04 April, 2007 11:56  
Anonymous scott said...

nah i have been getting "cameron from ferris bueller" for years, sorry mike. oh and on a sidenote, today a girl told me that i had "probably the best haircut in the world." little to do with the conversation, just felt good is all.

04 April, 2007 15:00  
Anonymous steven jones said...

du scott,

i got cameron from ferris bueller once, but i figure it fits you more. I'm fatter than cameron. plus you love wearing redwing jerseys.

04 April, 2007 15:24  
Blogger Elyse said...

raeading through this string of comments quite possibly made my day. never have i learned so much about a topic and laughed so heartily at the same time.

04 April, 2007 16:09  
Anonymous Mike said...

Actually, Julie reminds me that SHE was the one who pointed out Ward's remarkable resemblance to Alex Winter. Actually, she said "Bill S. Preston, Esquire", at which point I said "Oh YEAH! He Does look like Alex Winter!". Mark that one for her. It was also Nathan Ryan who brought to our attention that Colin from GGG looks like Fred Savage, which is sort of true, but is overshadowed by his friend's uncanny ability to look JUST like Bill.

05 April, 2007 08:06  
Anonymous glenn said...

Yeah, not only do they look like famous people (and are soon to become famous people, of whom others will be said to look like), but GGG is a great band. They remind me of something... "Mark Farner's wild shirtless lyrics, the bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher, the competent drum work of Don Brewer." GRAND FUNK? No, not exactly. But CLOSE.

05 April, 2007 08:15  
Anonymous Mike said...

Oh, and one more thing...

David Spade called. He wants his "(blank called), they want their (blank) back" joke from 1991 back.

05 April, 2007 08:48  
Anonymous glenn said...

'ice stic' 't 'o 'em 'tude, dudley.

05 April, 2007 09:07  

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