Hailing from Mannheim, Germany The Casey Jr. Ride released their first album, Heliocentric, last October. Featuring 10 tracks, their premier album was preceded by two singles: Helio and Children of the Sun.
This hidden gem feels familiar yet innovative with their incorporation of 60s surf rock and charming proto-punk sound. If Jim Morrison had fronted the Seeds they would have produced the same angsty-poetic yearning that The Casey Jr. Ride delivers in their newest album. Cruise for Pleasure is the one purely instrumental track on Heliocentric. Though I’m usually not won over by the lack of lyrics, The Casey Jr. Ride makes up for this with the pure depth of their sound. This number has strong surf rock vibes, but nevertheless manages to create something new with their sensual interpretation of a classic.
In Golden Hour and Lady Black the band can be linked with groups like Joy Division for their ability to resonate a sound that isn’t quite punk, but nevertheless borrows from the dark energy and unapologetic delivery of lyrics associated with the genre.
Children of the Sun is a stellar track with its real melancholic energy and incorporation of dark, bluesy poetry reminiscent of The Doors. The hypnotic delivery of the lyrics in this number leaves you yearning to hear more.
I can’t get enough of The Casey Jr. Ride. You’ve got the POW stamp of approval! Keep it coming boys, we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
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Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org | Keep it groovy <3