Cassels // In Short

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Boredom. It’s a beautiful thing. In the case of two Oxfordshire-born brothers it was the springboard to starting an angry, angular rock band and making some noise. Well, a lot of noise. But if a band makes a racket in the middle of a field and no one hears, did it happen?

In the case of Cassels, it’s real. Brothers Jim (vocals/guitar) and Loz Beck (drums) are 20 and 17-years-old respectively. Hailing from Chipping Norton – infamous home of ‘The Chipping Norton set’ (comprised of Messrs Cameron, Clarkson, Brooks and others) they had only fields for company and wound-up playing music together in their bedroom. Named after the psychiatric institution ‘The Cassel’ they have spent the past two years writing, rehearsing and playing gigs. Then Jim left school after A-Levels and moved to London for a minimum-wage job with an estate agent to fund the band. He also leads DIY collective Camp Bassein and also plays with Flotsam Jets, Go Home and Two Dog Night.

Championed by BBC Introducing, the chaps have been named winners of a TruckFest invitational guest spot this year, and have also played support slots for bands including Slaves, Best Friends and Holy Esque, as well as shows with The Great Escape Festival and Too Pure Singles Club.

Cassels sound is now equal parts stripped back punk rock, dark and heavy distortion and sometimes a stadium-sized rock riffage thrown in for good measure. They’ve just recorded their first 7”, featuring tracks ‘We Wander In The Night’ and ‘Rinse and Retreat’ to be released on Grebo Records on September 8. “We recorded everything pretty much live,” Jim said. “And we only overdubbed the vocals and bits of guitar. We pretty much just showed up, set up, played the tunes and left!”

But the results are anything but routine. And to celebrate the new 7”, they play their first headline set at Upstairs at The Garage on August 16, alongside Fawn Spots, Playlounge and JOYA.

But first, Jim answers the tough questions:

If I had to describe our music in 3 words, I’d use…
Angst-ridden and idealistic

My favourite film ever is…
I’ll say ‘Eraserhead’ to be cool, though actually it’s probably a tie between that and ‘School Of Rock’.

The most famous person I’ve met is…
I haven’t actually met anyone that famous… I’ve got a framed picture of me when I was about 12 with Justin Lee Collins – remember him?

The song I hate the most is…
That one Bruno Mars does about wanting to be a billionaire. It makes me feel a bit sick.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Working at a crappy guitar shop. Should have been my ideal job but I only got paid like £3ph and my boss was a prick.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Maybe someone like Arctic Monkeys? When you think about it they’re probably going to be the next band who have tribute bands formed in their honour, so may as well get in there early and exploit a gap in the market.

My favourite word is…
‘Dresden’

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
The power to pause time – just so I could sleep for longer and never be late.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Glasto. Bit of an obvious one.

I think you should listen to…
Cobblestones EP by Communions

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Smiths. But in the Eighties, not if they reformed now.

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Live: The Garage – August 16th (Free – Get guaranteed entry here)