Cassavettes

Cassavettes

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"Cassavettes mixes Beatlesque melodicism with Folk expanse and boozy Rock swagger...like Elvis Costello comparing divorce stories with Mojo Nixon over a half a hundred beers while the bar band plays Ryan Adams and Neil Young covers." -City Beat (Cincinnati, OH)

Biography

Does hailing from Texas automatically brand you an "alt-country" band when you leave? Such was the dilemma three Texan friends faced after reuniting in Boston, adding a local Bostonian, and taking the name CASSAVETTES. But after five years, four albums, an armful of awards, and energetic shows with The Allman Brothers, Kings of Leon, and Dr. Dog, just to name a few, does it really matter what people label your music?

Known for energetic, powerful live shows that crackle with the electricity of The Replacements, Old 97s, and The Rolling Stones, Cassavettes (pronounced kass-uh-vets) has turned more than a few heads, locally and beyond -- scooping up "Best Local Band" in the Boston Phoenix reader's poll, nabbing a Boston Music Award nod for "Outstanding Americana Act" and "Best Roots Act" in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll 2009, and making a splash at South By Southwest 2007 and 2008 in Austin, Texas, the Midpoint Music Festival 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Dewey Beach Music Conference 2008 in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

Extensive touring from the northeast to Nashville and back to their native Texas, as well as hometown gigs headlining The Paradise Rock Club and Middle East Downstairs, helped the group solidify a live persona, which was captured on the recent live album, "Animal Friends." Most recently, Cassavettes brought that raw energy to the studio with Dave Minehan (Paul Westerberg; The Neighborhoods) and Todd Thibaud at the helm to produce "Shake Down the Sun." The new record was released in the fall of 2009, and has already garnered rave reviews, including being named one of the Top Records of 2009 by several publications. Additionally, its songs continue to consistently chart in CMJ's Top 200.

Crossbreeding the sounds of The Band and Neil Young with contemporary influences like Superdrag, Nada Surf, and Ryan Adams, the band mixes the sound into a blend of rock, folk, country, and blues. While they've drawn comparisons to everyone from The Byrds to Tom Petty to Young himself, the Weekly Dig called Cassavettes' music difficult to "pin down" -- and that's exactly how the band likes it. Cassavettes blurs genres musically, while keeping the storytelling element prominent in folk and country lyrics. The Boston Globe said this gives Cassavettes "charm to spare."

Cassavettes has shared the stage with the diverse likes of...
- The Allman Brothers Band
- Bob Weir & Ratdog (Grateful Dead)
- Kings of Leon
- Dr. Dog
- The Toadies
- Superdrag
- Letters to Cleo (reunion show)
- Heartless Bastards
- Deer Hoof
- The Devil Makes 3
- Jesse Malin (Ryan Adams; D Generation)
- Drag the River
- Earlimart (Elliot Smith/Grandaddy)
- Tim Easton
- Illinois
- Hymns (toured with Beck, The Lemonheads, and Ben Kweller)
- David Dondero (named one of top 10 living songwriters by NPR; Bright Eyes collaborator).

Among Cassavettes' recent accomplishments:
- Selected to participate in South By Southwest (SXSW 2007, 2008), Midpoint Music Festival 2007 in Cincinnati, Dewey Beach Americana Fest 2007 and 2008, Dewey Beach Pop Fest and Music Conference 2008 in Dewey Beach, Dela., San Antonio Indie Fest 2007, NEMO 2006, WBCN's Rock N Roll Rumble 2007
- Boston Globe CD PICK OF THE WEEK, December 2-9, 2006, for "It's Gonna Change"
- Boston Phoenix BEST MUSIC POLL 2009 nominee for "Best Roots Act"
- Voted BEST LOCAL BAND by Boston Phoenix readers in the 2006 Best of Boston Poll
- BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS "Outstanding Americana Act Of The Year" 2006 nominee
- Named one of the Top Records of 2009 by Boston Music Spotlight, WBCN radio, and more
- 2007 WBZ-TV A-LIST AWARDS nominee for BEST ALBUM, "It's Gonna Change"
- Headlined Boston's biggest rooms including The Paradise Rock Club and The Middle East Downstairs
- Finalist in OriginalSessions/Rolling Rock National Band Search, spring 2007
- The song "On Our Own" charted in Neil Young's top 30 "Songs of the Times" list

CONTACT:
Creamer Management, creamermgt@gmail.com
Cassavettes, theband@cassavettesmusic.com

Lyrics

On Our Own

Written By: Glenn Yoder

You're face down, stuck between Green Mountains and a welfare check
You're out of faith, and figure this is your only way out.
You're 18 and on your own
18, preyed on by the faceless, yeah, you're on your own.

You're face down, fighting men without a face, without reason
Back home, the governor preaches no one has died in vain.
You're 18 and on your own
18, and losing hope, yeah, you're on your own.

You can take a life away; they can take your life away
You can pick the wars you wage; your family lives off your Drill Pay
You can make something change; that depends on how you were raised
Is that what you face?
Oh, it's so two-faced.

18 and on your own
18, one way or another, yeah, you're coming home.

Oh, we're on our own.

The Nadir

Written By: Glenn Yoder

I remember the moment my dream died.
I was 18 in small town New England by a mourning mother's side.
She was seeing her son for the last time.

He was only 23 years old.
The whole town came out to see him, kneeling in black overcoats.
But the papers don’t see beyond a family quote.

Well I learned, it might simply be a matter of survival,
Trying to make a living and just getting by,
But everyone here's made a pact with the devil,
Success can compromise happiness.
They say you can't walk before you can crawl,
Then the higher you climb, the harder you fall,
Still, I don't know why I'd rush my life
To get to this point.

I sat alone on the long bus ride home.
Dug my hands deep in my pockets -- outside, it was too damn cold to snow.
Inside, I could feel this weigh on my soul.

Oh I learned, it might simply be a matter of survival,
Trying to make a living and just getting by,
But everyone here's made a pact with the devil,
Success can compromise happiness.
They say you can't walk before you can crawl,
Then the higher you climb, the harder you fall,
Still, I don't know why I'd rush my life
To get to this point, get to the point where...
What I gave up won't release me from this feeling,
My skin's thick enough, but a family was still healing,
So I still wouldn't change, I still couldn't change, I wouldn't change a thing.

When time and worry have carved lines in our faces,
I hope they remind us of people and places,
What we learned as we paved our way,
What we said, the decisions we made.
You know a man can't plan his legacy,
His course is blind but he follows it,
And when my path comes to its end,
I just want to be content with what I did.

Well, it might simply be a matter of survival,
Trying to make a living and just getting by,
But everyone here's made a pact with the devil,
Success can compromise happiness.
They say you can't walk before you can crawl,
Then the higher you climb, the harder you fall,
Still, I don't know why I rushed my life,
To get to this point we're at tonight.

Debts

Written By: Mike McCullagh/Glenn Yoder

We were standing on the edge of reason
17 and we were getting nowhere
Four o’clock and the streets were empty
We were unheard, so we
Tried to break into a car parked outside
Just to drive around and get our heads straight
But I was terrified and you were angry
I wish I could.

Things have changed since
I just want to make it home
My life needs arranging
And I’m starting to feel old
I'm not young anymore.

I went out walking with my younger brother
The city’s sleeping and we’re never tired
He started telling me about all his plans
They’re pretty vague, but they
Sounded so much better than this routine
Of getting fired from a new job each week
I should have packed my things and caught the next plane
With debts unpaid.

Nothing’s changed since
I just want to make it home
My life needs arranging
And I know I’m getting old
And not moving on.

I can change the locks on my front door
I’m running out of places I can afford
And wondering how life looks in another light
And it’s been so long since I felt the air
Hold up two lives and then compare
You’ll see what I missed is what I’m missing now.

Nothing’s changed since
I just want to make it home
My life needs arranging
And I know I’m getting old
And not moving on.

We were standing on the edge of reason
17 and we were getting nowhere
Four o’clock and the streets were empty
We were unheard.

Lights On

Written By: Glenn Yoder/Cassavettes

Let's take no prisoners, just whisper, so no one can hear
Fighting in silence is violent so cover your ears
No need to worry there's no big hurry here

It takes time to get this right
It's about time

No need to worry, the light's on baby

If you'd rather walk on me than talk to me, be my guest
If you think it's worth it, let's earn it, just try your best
I'll still be waiting, saving the place you left

It takes time to get this right
It's about time

No need to worry, the light's on baby
No need to worry, there ain't a hurry
It's just the words I'm using, they come in flurries
No need to worry, the light's on baby

Golden Fleece

Written By: Glenn Yoder/Cassavettes

I felt a ghost slide past me in the wave of a train
The tide turned and it grasped me, put us face-to-face
Now the timbre in her voice sang, "got a tenner for my pain?"
She's got eyes deep as inkwells, but she ain't too proud to beg, singing

Where do you find peace?
Is it a dream you never reach?
At night when I fall asleep
I never find peace

She's a beautiful woman, but the time has took its toll
She's a beautiful woman, I never noticed before, she says

Where do you find peace?
In the chase of a golden fleece?
I could swim 'cross every sea
And never find peace

I don't believe in peace
Got enough to remind me
I have tried for all my life
But come up empty-handed and blind
Having never found peace.

Cedar

Written By: Mike McCullagh/Cassavettes

If you ever come back home
I will build a holy bed to lay your head on
If you have to peace to bring
I will comfort you and sing

Wrap the veil in cedar
Roll home to me
Wearing my ring

If you were to be my bride
I would be as the blood painted on your doorway
I'd protect you all my life
Fear would have no quarter here

Wrap the veil in cedar
Roll home to me
Wearing my ring.

Discography

"Shake Down the Sun" LP
Recorded: Dec. 2008-March 2009 at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, MA
Release date: Nov. 6, 2009
Key notes: Continues to consistently chart in CMJ's Top 200; was named one of the Top Records of 2009 by Boston Music Spotlight and several other music news outlets

"Animal Friends" LP
Recorded: Feb. 1, 2008 in front of a live audience at The Milkhouse Studio, Allston, MA
Release date: May 16, 2008
Key notes: A live album recorded with our closest friends and fans; received airplay before its release on several radio stations

"It's Gonna Change" LP
Recorded: August-October 2006 at Hi-N-Dry Studios in Cambridge, MA
Release Date: Dec. 9, 2006
Key Notes: Boston Globe's CD Pick of the Week, Dec. 2006; 2007 WBZ-TV A-List Awards nominee for Best Album; Regular airplay for first single "On Our Own" on nationwide college radio, in every state; "On Our Own" charted in Neil Young's top 30 "Songs of the Times" list of over 4,500 songs; heavy local play on WBCN, WFNX, and WBOS; strong podcast and Internet radio play.

"Whitewash the Blues" EP
Recorded: July 2005 at know.ledge.one Studios in Boston, MA
Release Date: August 2005
Key Notes: Several tracks including "Empire Central," "Marie," "Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This" and "Research Boulevard" have received considerable airplay on Boston's WFNX (101.7 FM), WBCN (104.1 FM), WTBU (89.3 FM), and WERS (88.9 FM).

Set List

Standard set time: 45-90 minutes, but can fill up to three hours.
Song selection: Primarily originals, with 33 recorded songs, but many more out-takes and covers
Covers (examples):
The Band- The Weight
The Band- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Bob Dylan - I Shall Be Released
The Eagles- Take It Easy
The Eagles- Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful
Grateful Dead- Touch of Grey
Grateful Dead- Sugar Magnolia
Morphine - French Fries with Pepper
Nada Surf- Blankest Year
Old 97s- Jagged
The Replacements - Alex Chilton
Superdrag- The Staggering Genius
Superdrag- Do the Vampire
Rolling Stones- Beast of Burden
Toadies- I Come From the Water
The Who- You Better, You Bet
The Who- Squeezebox
Neil Young- Cinnamon Girl
Neil Young- Out on the Weekend
Neil Young- Ohio
Neil Young- Heart of Gold
Neil Young- Harvest Moon
Neil Young- Walk On
Plus, any number of Beatles, Jayhawks, Lemonheads, Wilco, Willie Nelson, and Ryan Adams songs.