“The tunes are loud, often propulsive, combining the more intelligent aspects of indie rock with elements of electronica to fashion a sound that never really settles on a single template and keeps the listener completely engaged …” SOUNDBLAB
CASINO ROCKETS have released DRIVE ME TO THE DUSK, the second single taken from their debut album, REALITY DISTORTION FIELD, to be released on 21 May 2021. The single is available now on all digital platforms.
With an impulsive, psychedelic and mesmerising approach to rhythm, and a force that drives through the heart of the song, Drive Me to The Dusk precisely illustrates the capabilities of CASINO ROCKETS. Hailing from Halifax, the band operate within a world of alt / math / post-rock utilising intricate guitar patterns and wall-of-sound synths to create animated rock with a discerning edge.
Produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission, Jane Weaver) and mastered by Dez Ford (Scenius, The Fossil Collective, Klammer) REALITY DISTORTION FIELD, as the band themselves admit, is an album of “persistence and perspective, a journey from the bleakness of the mundane to the exhilaration of elevation; an adventure between the rock bottom and the summit”.
The band instinctively aim for the unpredictable, a trait which sees the album career between seismic shifts in rhythm and structure, which in turn reflect the disparate influences at play, taking in trip hop and electronica to psychedelia and classic rock. The deviance of the drum patterns in Simpatico; the extraordinary structures of Black & Red which somehow evoke both Pink Floyd and British Sea Power; the sweeping otherworldly sci-fi-isms of Feel Me Now; and the daring, prodigious nature of the closing Kachumber. They all combine to weave something that could be the result of several contrary bands randomly stitched together but with a sound that defiantly remains that of CASINO ROCKETS.
REALITY DISTORTION FIELD has been a long time coming. Black & Red was originally released almost three years ago and the album itself has been bubbling away slowly ever since. Each song has been painstakingly nurtured, with the final track Kachumber taking several years to refine, having being shelved numerous times because the band never felt able to do it justice. Until now that is. “The idea persevered and continued to evolve right up until the final mix,” they say, “eventually becoming what we consider to be a melancholic epic that we feel is a powerful climax to the album.”
Put simply, the album has taken time because it needed time and because it’s important.
“Finally hearing the album and holding it in our hands means such a lot to us,” the band explain on reflection. “When we set out to write and record Reality Distortion Field we were driven by a passion to create the sound of the band we aspired to be; a sound familiar to our ears but yet to be heard. This has been a deeply profound experience, the realisation of a dream. The question that now excites us the most is: where do we go from here?”
CASINO ROCKETS are TIV WHITAKER (vocals and synths) RICK ANDERSON (guitars and vocals) DAN LEA (bass, synths and vocals) and – out of necessity – the unrecognisable CHRIS (drums).
REALITY DISTORTION FIELD is released on 21 May 2021 and will be available on download and vinyl.
Watch the video for the first single, IMPALA, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mSxjkA-fZo
REALITY DISTORTION FIELD track listing:
- PEOPLE LIKE YOU
- ONLY LIGHT CAN SAVE YOU
- SIMPATICO THIEVES
- THE MAKER
- BLACK & RED
- DRIVE ME TO THE DUSK
- FEEL ME NOW