Oxfordshire duo Cassels have been making interesting noises for a while now, and we were delighted and intrigued in equal measure when we heard the announcement of their debut album Epithet, due in October via Big Scary Monsters.
Thankfully we’ve not had to wait until then for a flavour of what’s in store, as not one but two tracks have been released to heighten our sense of anticipation. ‘Coup’ and ‘Let’, see the band continue to move away from the deeply, at times painfully, personal lyrical themes of their early songs to take aim at wider societal themes of injustice and disconnection, whilst maintaining the unpredictable stop-start guitar and drums and line-stretching vocals that have stood them out from their peers.
The video for ‘Coup’ sees drummer Loz make a bloody, Pollock-esque canvas of guitarist/singer Jim, before the tables are turned in the clip for ‘Let’. The two videos apparently shot on a total budget of £30.
Cassels’ debut album Epithet is due out on Big Scary Monsters Records on 6th October, with album launch shows at Birthdays in Dalston on Friday 6th October, alongside Youth Man and at The Cellar in Oxford on the 7th with Fancy Dress Party and Rats Eat Rats.