Sneak Peek/Listen of Cassius at Best: "Nothing of the Sort"
Get your sailor hats ready. Parkersburg rockers Cassius At Best are releasing their first LP, "Nothing of the Sort," this Friday, March 16.
The band is celebrating the release with a listening party on Thursday, March 15 at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, Ohio. CAB will also play a live show the following day with Homesick, Youth, and Roy F. Bush at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Charleston.
"Nothing of the Sort" includes 10 songs of varying poise and intensity written by guitarist Josh Adams, songwriter Jay Maidens and drummer Derrick Taylor.
The album is an autobiographical concept stitched together by the lyrical content of Josh Adams' songwriting. Each song addresses issues like failed relationships, alcoholism, fantasy and maturity through the lens of Adams' memory with subtle recurring themes.
The artwork, including the album's cover, is a collection of photos taken from the father of Adams' girlfriend, Dave Moore, as a young adult in the Navy.
Songs like "The Gardens" and "Rumination" touch on the band's alternative rock influences, while tracks like "Deity" and "Faster Asleep" capture a heavier post-punk sound that is somewhat new to the band's faculties.
Here's one of the album tracks, Veroa:
And the video for Quincy Endicott:
Cassius At Best is a musical standoff project consisting of Derrick Taylor (drums) and Josh Adams (vocals, guitar) and Cody Engnes (bass). Built on a folk-rock foundation, the duo combines hints of 90's alternative with post-punk themes to achieve a heartfelt and aggressive approach to songwriting. CAB's colorful progressions and impassioned vocals are strikingly complemented by Taylor's hard-hitting rhythms for a garage sound that feels new yet familiar.