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The Casey Jr. Ride: 60s Surf Rock Meets Charming Proto-punk

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: | 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.