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Philadelphia, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Philadelphia, PA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Radio 104.5 Feature"

We are so lucky here in Philly to have some amazing local bands!

I love highlighting some of my favorites, and today I share with you a new one!

Ever hear of the band Cassettes? You're going to want to!

I heard from the band a little while ago who shared with me some of their great new tunes, and I'm here to highlight one in particular.

The track is called "Born In The 90s," and the pop rock melody will probably be stuck in your head long after you listen!

Better yet, the song comes along with a GREAT lyric video. While the band is called Cassettes, the video takes us further back and shows us a great collection of vinyl records. The way they incorporate all the record sleeves into the video is very creative and so much fun to watch!

The track itself comes off their upcoming album "Wild Heart," due out January 25th. It was produced by The Lumberyard Recording Studio owned by The Early November's Ace Enders and Man Overboard's Nik Bruzzese!

Check out the track/video and keep an eye out for these guys! - IHeartMedia


"Wild Heart Album Review"

On the debut LP from Cassettes, Wild Heart is an earnest love letter to the 90’s era of pop-rock that dominated the airwaves. The five-piece band from Philadelphia shows a ton of promise on this debut record that was co-produced by Ace Enders (The Early November) and Nik Bruzzese (Man Overboard), and was carefully mixed by Vince Ratti (The Wonder Years). This album features a wide range of summery vibes and good times that finds the band reminiscing while still keeping an eye on the future.

Starting off the set with the sugary sweet “She Gets What She Wants,” front-man and guitarist Matt DiStefano sets the tone early on what Cassettes are all about: guitar-driven pop rock from the heart. My initial impression of the band reminded me of the early pop-rock efforts of bands such as Fenix TX, All Time Low, and Allister. Comparisons aside, there is plenty of great tunes to be found on this debut that can stand on its own merit. The second track, “I Wanna Know” picks up the tempo a bit from the opener and showcases the unique textures that Cassettes are bringing to the music scene.

The lead single from Wild Heart, “Born in the 90’s” continues the tribute to the era of pop-rock on the radio and pays homage to many of the artists that influenced the band’s sound. The single itself rocks like a modern “Summer of ’69” and seems destined for prime placement on Top 40 radio. The dual guitar attack from DiStefano and Jim Fox takes center stage on the shiny track while the other musicians, such as keyboardist Chris Hill, pick their spots to enhance the sound coming through the speakers.

The ballad “Love Songs on the Radio” finds Cassettes with their heart on their sleeves when DiStefano sings on the chorus, “So tell me who you think about/When you hear love songs on the radio/Tell me who you think about/When you wake up in a cold sweat wondering what do we really know.” While the band does not stray too far from the bands that they are clearly influenced by, the cohesive LP is a fun reminder of what makes pop-rock such an enjoyable listening experience in the first place. Cassettes love for pop rock is infectious, and it’s hard not to get absorbed in their approach to songwriting.

“Terrible Hair” features a nice piano intro from Hill and some well-placed saxophone throughout the song to bring some more depth to their sound. The driving bass line from Joe Robinson and clever drum fills from Sean Ward also come through nicely on this particular track. Other songs such as “The One” and “Mother Theresa” continue the formula that Cassettes have perfected on their debut, and round out the record with some nice breakdowns. On the latter track, the harmonies from DiStefano and Hill sound great, polished, and professional to another standout song from the Philadelphia five-piece.

The closing track, “Huey Lewis & The Blues” is the perfect bookend to a collection of songs that are over before you know it, clocking in at just over 36 minutes. The brilliant guitar soloing from Fox is a nice treat for the listener that finds Cassettes in more of a jamming state than in any of the other songs found on the debut. The track shows that these five musicians have not only great chops, but also a very bright future ahead of themselves. - Chorus.fm


"Dying Scene Feature"

From the deep depths of battling seasonal effective disorder, and wistfully thinking about replacing my scarves and fleeced lined tights with shorts and sunglasses—the Cassettes appeared. I desperately needed a mid-January pick-me-up. I had a need for some serious feel good tunes. The Cassettes came in clutch with the release of their debut LP “Wild Heart”. Their light-hearted and high energy 80’s flavored pop punk is exactly what I needed. What can I say; I’m a sucker for catchy 80’s music and solid keyboard solos. This band is the exact slice of summer I have been craving on this miserably cold day. Warm your soul and stream “Wild Heart” below. - DyingScene.com


Discography

Wild Heart - 2019
Stresslemania - 2014

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United by their friendships and favorite records, the debut LP from Philadelphia, PA’s Cassettes is a love letter to the FM era. A time when every song could be the single, every line could be the chorus and every guitar solo was an octave higher than the last. Produced by Ace Enders (The Early November) and Nik Bruzzese (Man Overboard), Wild Heart’s sunset strip leads and flannel-draped power chords clash with bar-band  pianos and new wave synths for a sound that recalls pop radio of the 70s, 80s and 90s while keeping its feet firmly planted in the modern day.

“The personality of the band is perfectly captured here” says Enders. “It's similar to when the Gaslight Anthem released The '59 Sound and people freaked out because it was this mish-mosh of genre but became something cool and new. It reminds me of what that felt like which is awesome.”

A pristine mix by Vince Ratti (Brand New, The Wonder Years, The Menzingers) make every song shine as Cassettes turn the radio dial with each track. Their relentless hooks and youthful energy are backed by a live show to match and when they take a rare
moment to breathe (“Love Songs On the Radio”, “Ruin Your Night”) Cassettes prove they do 11 as well as any other number on the amplifier. While wiser and more experienced, they haven't lost that intangible enchantment of making music for the first time. Wild Heart perfectly captures that feeling, filters it through your old car stereo and blasts it full volume for the entire city to hear.

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