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Nightmarish, Psychedelic and Soulful: The Casey Jr. Ride’s ERROR #404

These talented Germans are back at it again. While most groups produce one or two good numbers, the Casey Jr. Ride have yet to produce a song I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. With such a deep, powerful and sensual sound, how could you not get behind them?

This past July I wrote a review on their then latest album, Heliocentric View. Sounding like the love child of Jim Morrison and Joy Division, I couldn’t get enough of that angsty, surf rock meets proto-punk sound. I am delighted to announce that on December 16th they will be releasing a new album, ERROR #404.

Dreams of a Fool (from their new album)

While this album still retains some of the surf rock elements seen in Heliocentric View, ERROR #404 is a lot darker and emotionally charged than their previous album. It sounds dreamy-veering towards nightmarish, psychedelic, raw and soulful all at the same time- it doesn’t disappoint. If Kurt Cobain was born a German poet yielding a tambourine and singing about the trials and tribulations of life, he would be The Casey Jr. Ride.

Many of the songs on the album, such as Billy’s Bills and Oh God We Were Young, are reminiscent of early BJM. The album is both dark and comforting, while remaining electrifying. If you’re into shoegaze and psychedelic rock you will thoroughly enjoy this album, I know I did.

Billy’s Bills (from their new album)

ERROR #404 will be available on their bandcamp page; show them some love: https://thecaseyjrride.bandcamp.com/

Check out my previous review of The Casey Jr. Ride here:

http://www.powmagazine.org/audio/the-casey-jr-ride-60s-surf-rock-meets-charming-proto-punk/

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.