When we heard CAsette
were to return to Shanghai this weekend to play the first The Fever Machine & Friends
show of 2012, having passed through last November when they played a great gig with X is Y
, we thought it appropriate to seek out the knowledge of a local expert to introduce them to you…
"When lead singer of CAssette, Daisy, first walked onstage back when I first caught them, I expected another quirky girl-led group along the lines of Hang on the Box. Well, I was way off; CAssette is in a league of their own, and by the end of the night, had won me over completely.
"A smogsboard of rock, indie pop, with a dab of post-rock there and electronica here, at times Cassette feels like a dark, dreamy, intense cabaret show with the lead singer Daisy Zhao calling the shots. Her voice often souns like its grasping for the next breathe of air - it's sharp, sexy, vulnerable, sultry, mysterious - delicate when it wants to be, but able to turn into a rock squall at any moment. And what a storm her and the band can conjure up. When the clouds finally do clear away you won't know what hit you".
And here's what lead singer Tuanzi had to say when we caught up with her this week:
On getting the band together:
"The four of us are from Beijing,almost the same age. At the very beginning, when we were still university students, my very first band just broke up ,the guitarist and i found Kram, now CAssette's guitarist, to form a new band, for which we gave a name Children Alpha and Kram played drums. After graduating, Children Alpha split up, and two years later, Kram found me saying I wanted to start a new band, CAssette. Kram switched to play guitar and we got Wu to play bass and Kraft on drums".
"Sweet, dangerous, with wisdom and love - I think these are key words of us. Smashing Pumpkins plus Blonde Redhead? Sorry we are just too unique to compare with other bands!
"Since Kram and I know each other well and we share the same taste in music with Wu, we haven't really talked much about it… We wrote half of our songs by improvising in the rehearsal room".
On being part of the Beijing scene:
"CAssette's first show was at D22, and we played the Saturday before the closing night. What I remember most is a cold Thursday night in winter with handful of people in the audience and hot Saturday night in summer with more than three hundred people there - it was hard to breath!
"We haven't got a chance to play at XP yet, but have already heard a lot about the new venue and seen some photos. I think XP seems more intimate than D22"
On why they're called CAsette:
"The 'A' is always in capitals for CAssette, because there is something secretly related to the band, Children Alpha, and our Chinese band name is 记忆暗盒.
"We four people are two girls and two boys, two Geminis and two Aries, two A blood types, and two AB blood types, two with glasses, two without glasses….Ok enough! We have a relatively new song named 双生牧羊 that we wrote about this; it's the first song we four wrote together, improvising in the rehearsal room - we will definitely play it in shanghai!"
PICTURES: CAssette / foukography.com