Cassandra Speaks

Cassandra Speaks

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Led by two girls, Kaia and Bri, CS ranges from soft, sensual harmonies to offbeat rock. Featuring cello, standup bass, harmonica, drums, guitars, and two, three, and four-part vocal harmonies, CS continually pushes the limits of their music, transcending any single genre.

Biography

Cassandra Speaks just might be your new favorite band? Here?s why:

1. they're unique: Cassandra Speaks doesn't have just one vocalist, but anywhere from two to four. Featuring the vocal harmonies of two girls, Bri and Kaia, whose harmonies range from eerily heartbreaking to quirky and fun, occasional male vocals also emerge from time to time, adding a contrasting low resonance to their inimitable dynamic. Kaia, sitting on a chair, will swoon on her cello, but before long she'll have strapped it over her shoulders, wailing on it like a huge guitar! Her harmonica gives a pleasant shift from the strings. All the while, these songs are set to the backdrop of ominous to funky standup bass and percussive rhythms.

2. they're talented: Each member of CS comes from a history of other bands and bring different musical backgrounds to the table. With a mixture of creative and original songwriting to the pure skill and listening attentiveness it takes to create great music, these guys gots it.

3. they're desired: Having played their most recent gigs at the Showbox and the
Highdive, bringing great crowds, this band has played all over Seattle and has hopes of touring in the near future. Cassandra Speaks has been featured on KEXP 90.3 FM, KBCS 91.3 FM, KUOW 94.9, and ELC365 Radio in Chicago. They have also been featured on NPR's nationally broadcast "Open Mic" radio program.

Lyrics

Reality

Written By: Kaia Chessen and Prentice Danner

Today reality got in my way as I walked alone down the unpaved street, and all the people I smiled at today, only looked at their feet.
And I am walking around in circles, thinking in circular ways, and when I escape this futile revolving, I'll get back to today.

This conclusion that I have, is the question I've asked before, and what's the point of asking these questions, when I end up where I began.

Why do they just stand there? They're moving too slow. Intending, pretending to block my path - I need this speed, I need to go.
The water and wind chill my skin, I can only see home. Wanting to be where I've never been, wishing I wasn't alone.

Tonight I sit by my open window, raindrops fly in and warmth rolls out. I see a man playing on the corner, so I call to him, so I shout...

The Sky is Rising

Written By: Bri Williams

"The sky is rising", she said, "higher and higher as I lift my head. My pain and suffering will fall, as the voices inside me answer your call, as the voices inside me answer your call.

Her hands like her life are chained to the ground and the truths that he tells her float all around. Passing them by as they wander the shore, of a life without footprints, waves make them no more. A life without footprints, waves make them no more.

The truths and the lies were too much to bear, words turn to dust, for he wasn't there.

She sees that he loves her and she knows he knows, so why is the distance so hard when she goes,
back to her home leaving her heart behind, searching for answers that she'll never find, searching for answers that she'll never find.

The truths and the lies were too much to bear, words turn to dust, for he wasn't there.

She looked at him closer burning within, with the pain that was fueled by the depth of their sin. He grasped her small hand as they walked through the rain, searching for heaven together in pain, searching for heaven together in pain.

Playing the Fool

Written By: kaia chessen

Don't seduce me like you do. If your love affair fell through, I'd be there in a moment.
But it's sinful what you do, make me think these thoughts of you while she's lookin in your eyes...

Hey yeah, heey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah yeah, hey yeaeeah

There's a stillness in the air, I am hearing all you bear and believing all you say. As I slide across my chair, I see the truth is there, your eyes give it all away.

Hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah, heay yeah yeah, hey yeaeeah

Hey yeah yeah you should know by now that you're not here to turn me on... hey yeah yeah have you thought it out. I know you'd never wish her any harm.

Don't alarm me like you do. If you're trying to get through, you can whisper in my ear. Just make sure your words are true. You thought she hadn't got a clue, soon enough she's bound to hear.

hey yeah...

hey yeah yeah you should know by now

>guitar/cello solos<

I've heard it all before. If all is fair in love and war, then nobody's read the rules. My body aches for more. When musicians stick to score then nobody plays the fool.

hey yeah...

hey yeah yeah you should know by nowthat you're not here to turn me on. Hey yeah yeah have you thought it out. I know you'd never wish her any harm.

I know you'd never wish her any harm...
I know you'd never wish her any harm...

Discography

Spring, 2007 - Cassandra Speaks is awaiting a new, yet untitled, full length album!

2005 - Facing the Night EP (recorded with former members David Witten on guitar and Erica Brewer on violin, as well as guest guitarist Scott Baucher)

2004 - The Wanting EP (also recorded with former members listed above)

CS has mp3's available on their website at www.cassandraspeaks.org and can be heard on KEXP 90.3 FM, KBCS 91.3 FM, KUOW 94.9, and ELC365 Radio in Chicago.

Set List

Typical set list:

1. Reality
2. Facing the Night
3. Playing the Fool
4. Weeds and Daffodils
5. Somethin' Bout the Way
6. My Island
7. Basement Apartment
8. Sky is Rising
9. Amy Pearl: Gunslinger
10. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Our set is approximately 45 minutes to an hour long, but can be longer or shorter depending on the show.