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Liquid Casing

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States
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"Liquid Casing – A Separate Divide (2013)"

A Separate Divide is an impressive album that is in some ways more a work of art than a proper musical product. Liquid Casing does a lot right in this hour, and creates a varied and multi-faceted soundscape, of which the long For a Memory Erased is the epic centre piece and undisputed highlight. - Sounds From The Dark Side


"Liquid Casing’s ‘A Separate | Divide’ Takes On The Man"

There are punk melodies (“A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun”), thrashing jazz (“Alambrista”) and tunes to break shit to (“Fingerprint Armada”). All of the tracks remind me of an early Jim Jarmusch film, perfectly balanced chaos and go fuck yourself anti-establishment messages. - Rock World Magazine


"Liquid Casing – A Separate | Divide"

Hailing from Texas, this four piece act is widely described as a progressive rock group, but there are also elements of jazz, with a hint of afrobeat –think of the SEX PISTOLS and MILES DAVIS in the same band. It may sounds a little strange or way out there –but it’s also undeniably intriguing - Nothing But Hope and Passion


"Liquid Casing Explores Division and Unity with “A Separate Divide”"

Have you ever heard a rock band with jazz infusion? Liquid Casing has a unique way of blending hard rock with jazz in such an effortless way. It so dope the way you hear hard rock but then all of a sudden you get this calming jazz melody coming out of the wood works. It’s really mind-blowing. - Are You the Reason


"Borders: A Texas Quartet Seeks to Erase the Line Which Divides"

Liquid Casing's songs speak about the suffering and dehumanization of human beings. And some instrumental songs like "Non-Linear Solution" and "Alambrista" invoke the image of the plight of people crossing over a divide. The quartet uses a variety of sounds throughout the album with a continuous flow. In this way, they too remove the divides between the tracks. To puzzle out what side of the fence--literally or politically--one is on; bands like Liquid Casing encourage people to enter the conversation. - Huffington Post


"Liquid Casing - A Separate|Divide"

...“A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun” is a chaotic collision, an atomic rush of a song that collects thrumming bass, thrashing drums, acrobatic, reverb-drenched guitar parts, and vocals that seem to sit just underneath a layer of distortion. - Absolute Punk


"REVIEW: Liquid Casing – ‘A Separate|Divide’"

...an intriguing listen, an impressive effort, and one of the most creative albums I’ve listened to this year. - Under the Gun Review


"Liquid Casing - A Separate|Divide (Self-Released)"

As of late, my musical tastes have drifted towards the bubblegum of 1910 Fruitgum Company and The Turtles, and consequently, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve approached anything even remotely progressive, or a song of any length over two minutes and thirty seconds for that matter. So, it’s understandable that I would be apprehensive to give a listen to A Separate?|?Divide, the new album by Texas outing Liquid Casing. However, I was genuinely surprised and pleased by what I heard, so much so that this band may have singlehandedly made me pull out my old Yes and Pink Floyd records. - The Big Takeover


"A Separate | Divide Encapsulated in a Liquid Casing"

Liquid Casing is what happens when Miles Davis teams up with Mars Volta to run Russian Circles around Mogwai during a Godspeed You! Black Emperor performance.

What the hell does that even mean?

This music is EPIC.

Imagine a wall of sound taking your body hostage while precisely crafted lyrics begin to create a divide in your intellect.

You hit repeat only to uncover another layer you missed before.

Suddenly you realize this is more than music. This is a message.

Liquid Casing’s new album, A Separate|Divide, explores the politics of division and seeks to expose our lack of unity and its consequences. Composed of 9 tracks that sonically weave in and out of each other, a broad picture is painted of Man’s exploitative use of arbitrary divides.

I could not have stated that any better so that quote comes from their EPK.

One minute you are in the middle of a progressive-post-punk explosion and out of nowhere comes the singing of brass. Jazz style saxophone weaving in and out of distorted guitars layered with keys and a wall of drums followed by thumping bass lines….WOW!!

When the calming of Checkpoints and Borders begins soothing the speakers, you are ready to be carried away by the powerful, soulful voice of Alvaro Rodriguez (lead vocals and guitar).

He is joined by Okikiolu Olufokunbi (Sax/Keys), Jim Stettner (Bass/Vocals), and John Pitale (Drums/Percussion) to create the force known as Liquid Casing (of Houston, Texas).

Other tracks to note are: A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun, Fingerprint Armada, and I am really digging Non Linear Solution and An End To a Means.

Out of 9 tracks I have named half the album as favorite songs… - Middle Tennessee Music


"Liquid Casing – ‘A Separate|Divide’"

Lovers of Psychedelic music from Texas! You’re new favourite band has arrived! Liquid Casing is set to release ‘A Separate Divide’ in June and is a real chance of getting this band amongst the big names of Experimental/Psychedelic Rock. This is an album full of surprises and unpredictability without being too far out. It’s an album that can only be described as a ‘perfectly structured experimentation of sounds, melody and rhythm’.

Diversity is key to this record. Liquid Casing do a brilliant job of fluctuating the feeling in their music. One minute you’re entranced by a mellow section, next minute you’re headbanging to a monster riff. Their isn’t a dull moment with this record. The use of multi-instruments is also very well done. With the addition of ethnic instruments and percussion, these elements provide a real thickness to the record and really give Liquid Casing a unique sound and feel.

As we’ve seen in the past with experimental bands, they can often construct songs and sections with odd sounds for the sake of experimentation (even though it sounds god awful). Liquid Casing tend to avoid that path. Their experimentation adds to their music and doesn’t just end up being a cascading wall of weird sounds.

If you’re into bands such as The Mars Volta, Russian Circles, Tool or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, then I’d suggest you go buy this album because Liquid Casing is just as good, if not better than these bands. ‘A Separate Divide’ is definitely going to be on my top 10 list for this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s on yours as well.

10/10 - Monolith-Sound


"Liquid Casing "A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun""

What's so good?

The first thing I noticed about Liquid Casing’s single, “A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun,” was some of the appealing off-kilter qualities. This single is the definition of controlled chaos, and I love it.

There are different influences that pop out at me at first listen — Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Cursive. The combination of these styles and sounds lends a hard rock feel with an intricate execution. Each instrument is raging, while respectably allowing all the other elements to be heard. The slightly psychedelic effects gives this song (and band) its unique sound. To branch out like Liquid Casing has done is one gutsy move, but they truly own it. The only way to pull it off is with confidence, and that’s very apparent with “A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun.

Liquid Casing’s upcoming album, A Separate Divide, will be released on June 25. For now you can enjoy it on their Bandcamp. Go ahead and get lost. - Indie Shuffle


""Checkpoints and Borders" Sings of Immigrant Youth (Video)"

Undocumented immigrants aren't faceless. Contrary to right-wing myths, you'll find them not only harvesting American harvests, but also hard at work in our schools and colleges, serving in the military, bagging groceries, and creating computer software.

Nor are they voiceless. They have many concerns, but a common theme is love of country and a desire to remain in their adopted home.

Alvaro Che of Houston has created a song, "Checkpoints and Borders," about those who refuse to keep silent. He voices the fears of young people who are emotionally tied to the U.S., yet who are in danger of legal kidnapping by the government.

The Reverbnation page of his band, Liquid Casing, describes its sound as rock, eccentric free-style, and progressive.

Listen to Liquid Casing perform "Checkpoints and Borders" in this powerful video (see lyrics below the video): - People's World


"A Separate|Divide and Liquid Casing"

Welcome to the progressive rock world of Liquid Casing, a collective of exploration. Their world could be likened to an inter-fusion of the abstract vibes of Miles Davis and the orchestral punk of Mars Volta. Their album A Separate|Divide is a chasm of capacious vehemence and zeal. The nine tracks impose a hardcore rock factor that is not for the faint of heart.

The chasm opens to "A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun," an in-depth piece that swirls and moves with stampeding guitar, and vocals provided by band members Alvaro Rodriguez and Jim Stettner. This is progressive rock at its finest. "Fingerprint Armada," is a close second with its resinous sound. There is an unswerving torpedo of rock presented on this song that causes the listener to surrender to the tough spunk Liquid Casing resonates.

"The Line which Divides," is forcefully fixed on shining light on man's exploitative use of borders. The saxophone playing against rhythmic dynamite is nothing short of sonic artwork. "Non-Linear Solution," one of the more tamer rock concoctions exhibited here, allows the band to focus solely on the moving tides of song structure and conceptualization. "Checkpoints and Borders," is a bluesy whirlwind that sustains itself as an enduring reward from A Separate|Divide, as the lyrics speak directly to the deep-seated borders. "Riot Path," closes the chasm. Here, Liquid Casing draws upon instrumentation to prove man's obsession with arbitrary divides. It is brutally honest without saying a word.

Liquid Casing's world began in Houston, Texas. The band has strived to confront the division that exists within this country through musical zest. A Separate|Divide is composed of 9 tracks that expose the inflexibility of man. It's only downfall is that it not long enough - a consequence of Liquid Casing falling prey to its own debate.


Rating for A Separate|Divide and Liquid Casing
5
Final Grade: A- - Examiner.com


"Liquid Casing Push Boundaries With ‘A Separate|Divide’"

Hailing from the Lone Star state, the foursome known as Liquid Casing joined forces with a goal to develop a unique sound and approach that would push the limits of dynamics and song structure. The band’s latest release A Separate|Divide puts that plan into action with startling results.

“A Path of Footprints Forged In The Midnight Sun” kicks things off with a little Sonic Youth-style lo fi guitar crunch and droning bass line, but up ends the usual formula by making a detour courtesy of a solo that conjures the shredding skills of 70's rock gods of yore.

A backward masked riff signals the start of “Alambrista,” before a muted, frenetic guitar lick and a sax that wails like it was lifted from a long-lost Miles Davis B-side takes center stage. Just when your ears adjust, the song goes off on another tangent, exploding to a wide open space of saxophone, thunderous drums and grungy power chords before slinking away with a squirm-inducing electro effects. The whole thing should be a colossal mess, but it somehow all the dissonant pieces fall into place.

“The Line Which Divides” gets its kicks with searing, psychedelic-tinged feedback roaring against a sultry jazz combo that comes off like the perfect soundtrack to some unforgettable trek through the Sahara in the dead of night. With its unsettled rhythm, “For A Memory Erased” also draws inspiration from the Middle East. Starting off as a huge soundwall of winding, ethereal guitars, rumbling drums and quick-fingered bass work shifts the mood from ethereal ascent into the heavens to a trippy, slightly ominous march.

Liquid Casing still know how to pulverize ear drums the old fashioned way though, as they demonstrate with the pummeling aggression during a section of “Non Linear Solution,” while the acoustic guitars and cinematic synths of “Checkpoints and Borders” proves they’re just as adept at stripping thing down as they are piling them on.

While the band is fearless when it comes to musical experimentation, it would been great if they taken the same confrontational approach to the lyrics. Most of the songs are purely instrumentals. and the tunes that have lyrics, while sticking to the album’s theme of the politics of division, are way too vague and are pushed out too quick and too often by the accompanying soundtrack to elicit any strong emotions.

The sonic tricks employed on A Separate|Divide provide a fascinating, and at times challenging listen. Though it would have been a bolder statement if the divide between lyrical and musical content hadn’t been so wide.

3/5 - The Truth About Music


"UTG Interview: Liquid Casing"

“The passion for music is common to us all and keeps us going. We are proud of the fact that we’re a multi-cultural band, and we’ve figured out how to capitalize on our differences.”

Under the Gun Review is very pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with Liquid Casing, an up-and-coming progressive/post-punk quartet from Houston, Texas.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with the band and you can read our conversation below where we discussed their new forthcoming full-length album, its important themes, and the band’s history and future.

First off, I find your name very interesting. Can you explain where Liquid Casing came from?

Alvaro: The name was inspired by this material that’s used in the oil drilling industry and keeps the drilled walls from collapsing. We also really appreciated the ethereal quality to it. The imagery of an individual being surrounded and confined by a liquid, whether it be water or some other amorphous material, was striking to us.

So when and how did the four of you come to start making music together?

Alvaro: In the late 90s, I formed the band with a close friend, Matt Jackson, and we performed as a two-piece guitar and drum outfit. My wife knew Okiki from work and that he played sax, so she invited him to one of our shows in ’02, and a few days after the show we both tried contacting each other to see if we could jam out together. It was an exciting and new experience combining the alternative/punk guitar sound that we had at the time with Okiki’s jazz and afro-beat sax approach. At some point, our sound started to grow and we knew we needed to get serious and add some melodic low-end to the band. We found Jim through a Craigslist ad, but the crazy thing is that even though we searched high and low for a bass player across sprawling Houston, he only lived within walking distance from my house. We’ve been based in Houston for a long time, but Matt lived in Austin, and the commute combined with his growing family made it difficult to sustain. So, we had to find a new drummer in 2010. We put out an ad requesting a hard-hitting drummer who liked adventurous music, and we were lucky to meet John. He definitely hits hard and also had a lot of musical ideas that helped us grow.

Jim: It’s amazing that four very different people from different backgrounds can come together around music. John’s from New Jersey and I’m from upstate New York, and in most circumstances that shouldn’t work. But, the passion for music is common to us all and keeps us going. We are proud of the fact that we’re a multi-cultural band, and we’ve figured out how to capitalize on our differences.

You have some pretty incredible influences it seems. Some of my favorite bands in fact. If someone were to ask you which band your music most closely resembles, what band would you say?

Alvaro: Perhaps the closest band that we resemble is The Mars Volta in the way they combined a very kinetic rock style with the use of saxophones on some of their albums like Amputechture and The Bedlam in Goliath with Adrian Terrazas on sax.

Okiki: Everyone in the band brings a wildly different set of influences to the table and we end up combining all the great things that we enjoy from the music that we love into a fairly diverse sound. I’m from Nigeria and have a love for artists like Fela Kuti and Lagbaja along with jazz greats like John Coltrane. Jim comes from a blues and classic rock background which is equal parts Johnny Winter and Frank Zappa (in fact an audience member once commented that we sounded “Zappa-esque”). John brings a polyrhythmic and prog rock drumming background with bands like Voivod, King Crimson, and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Alvaro’s influences are along the line of Fugazi and post rock bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Red Sparowes. Somehow we have taken all of these different approaches and found a way to distill it into something that works harmoniously.

So apart from your specific individual influences which may contribute to your creations, how would you describe Liquid Casing’s music and overall style?

Jim: Our music is very percussive/rhythmic and we really enjoy building up sections and playing with dynamics and tension. Most of our songs tend to work in movements with a focus on how energy is built up as opposed to utilizing conventional song structures. The goal and, honestly the fun, is always trying to come up with new ways to elicit an emotional response. The lyrics and concepts in our music are geared towards political issues (e.g. war, technology, corporate media, etc.), but we strive to find a way to describe the emotional impact on people’s lives and not treat it as a theoretical exercise.

Your new album, A Separate|Divide, comes out later this month — what can you tell us about the album? The instrumentation? Are the themes that you mentioned present?

Alvaro: We had fleshed out the theme for the album pretty early on in the songwriting p - Under The Gun Review


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Liquid Casing is a Houston, TX band combining elements of progressive rock and 60's jazz. Our music includes both vocal driven and instrumental songs. Liquid Casing feeds off of dynamics, the development of tension through the growth and pull of the music. We aren't scared to be adventurous with our music, to take sudden left turns, when it feels right, to stop on a dime and shift the tempo, rhythm, texture of the music. On our last album, An Empty Sparking Light, this is evident in songs such as La Tierra and In a Sea of Satellites.

Audiences at our shows are always intrigued when they see our band setup that includes a saxophone and extensive percussion (gongs/sound plates). But the surprising thing is not having a sax player or an impressive set of gongs, but rather, having the musicianship to transcend the "normal" rock we've become accustomed and breathe life into music. We present our musicianship with gusto and make it fun (think dualing solos between sax and guitar, bad ass bass and drum work, multi-drumming mania). We could list our influences (e.g. The Mars Volta, Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Fugazi, Pink Floyd, and Cursive), but it won't help because we don't sound like the music we love. We sound like a musical partnership of unique human beings that want to rock your brains out and have a ton fun.