Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Back on the ball

OK so I'm officially back in work mode with this band. Not to say this break is for naught. We haven't practiced enough, but I think the time off has been good. The interest in the band seems to be high, and the songs are good. I went to Texas on Friday to finish a few demos with Jimmy that we recorded here over a swath of time, mostly from June. Unfortunately, the files were corrupted and we didn't get to do much with them, though I did lay down foundations for a couple possible Cassavettes songs (one of which features a fabulous harmony vocal from Jenna Snavely).

Today, in between catching up on work, I started seeking and booking again. Yes, we're limiting Boston shows (though we seem to nearly be booked through March), but I also need to get on booking regional gigs: Providence, Portsmouth, Portland, Burlington, Northampton, western Mass, and upstate NY. I ended up happening upon the fact that Drag the River was playing in Boston, and I've long hoped to open for them. We landed the show outright, and found out that Girls Guns & Glory is onboard, too! So so sweet. I'm also working on another big show for March, in between all the SXSW planning and some work on out of towners in April (close to a Portland gig). We'll keep contacting bands and trying to build up regionally.

For some time, I've heard It's Gonna Change was reviewed in the national magazine Skyscraper. I finally tracked it down in Texas and here it is. So says Michael Meade:
Cassavettes are a young, four-piece roots-rock outfit from Boston by way of Texas, featuring guitarist Mike McCullagh, bassist Scott Jones, drummer Matt Snow, and driving force Glenn Yoder. Looks like someone forgot to tell these guys that alt.country is so over. And good thing, too, because Cassavettes make a satisfying mix of country, blues, folk, and jangly roots-pop. Edges are left nicely unpolished on this largely do it yourself effort, but that's the way it should be. "The Nadir" opens the disc, a catchy country-rock tale of dying young and with little but the anguish of one's survivors to speak of a too-brief life. It could be a veiled reference to Iraq, but works well in a more general reading. "Trouble From the Start" is a sad-eyed ballad, a bluesy reflection on the predictably rote script of failed relationships. Nothing else really matches these two songs here, still It's Gonna Change is a fine first effort with all the attendant short-comings: unsteady group mission with multiple influences, songs that seem to search for identity, uneven pacing, and vocals that are a bit too urgent. While the writing reflects the youth of the band (short intros to many of the songs speak of good things that don't materialize), many of these tracks have strong melodies, and there is certainly evidence of future promise.


Not bad, eh? It's definitely a fair review.

One final thought: I apologize for all the confusion with New Year's Eve. The show WILL be at Copperfield's, near Fenway Park. $20, and we will have advance tickets hopefully in the next couple days. The show most likely will sell out, so contact us at cassavettesband@hotmail.com to get tickets or, if you know us, call us up. Bring all your friends! It's going to be wild!

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