Posted by: Nick | June 9, 2009

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone w/ Chemic and You’re My Density @ Skull Alley – 6/27


We don’t put on a ton of shows, but we could not pass us the opportunity to bring these three bands together for one amazing Saturday night line-up.  Backseat Sandbar is pleased to present Casiotone for the Painfully Alone with Louisville’s Chemic and You’re My Density at  Skull Alley on Saturday, June 27th.  Each act is going to bring a separate and unique brand of entertainment to the stage for what will be sure to be an all-out party.  Tickets are just $5 bucks, so we want Skull Alley to be packed.  Skull Alley’s bar is open, so be sure to enjoy a cold brew with the tunes.  Doors are at 7:00 with the first band going on promptly at 8:00pm.

We brought Casiotone to town last Halloween with No Kids and Pomegranates for what Leo Magazine called “one of 2008’s better indie lineups.”  Since Owen was last in Louisville, he has been incredibly busy, having put together a “songs from the road” style album of b-sides and rarities called “Advance Base Battery Life” (review) featuring Nick from No Kids on a few of those tracks as well as a full length LP “Vs. Children” (review) which focuses less on the lo-fi keys of earlier work and instead moving towards live instrumentation.

CFTPA- Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm

You’re My Density is a very new synth-pop band from Louisville, who you can tell take inspiration from Casiotone, except that they trade Owen’s lofi for a little more hifi sound.  They sent us their CD in the mail and after a single listen, we knew we wanted them on this bill!  We see great things for this band, as they are highly talented, have a great sound that can appeal to a wide array of audiences, and have a unique personality that is characterized by the green underwear on their album art [we have no clue what the meaning is, but appreciate the bold call].

Chemic is also a Louisville based band that is coming into its own.  The just finished an exhaustive mid-west tour, they are set to play at this year’s Forecastle Festival and Mid-Point Music Festival and they were recently featured on My Old Kentucky Blog’s Launtromatinee (See video below).  A great addition to this bill, we will get to see them in the up-close and personal environment of Skull Alley.

Chemic- Ice Floor

Chemic – Nothing Worth Keeping

Tour info, CD reviews and more band info below the break…

Casiotone- Vs. Children Reviews:

AMG: 4

“Musically Casiotone here fully approaches the elegant showy avant indie-pop from the U.K. in the early ,90s, rich keyboards and dramatic, downbeat chords aplenty. [..] Admittedly the song title “Harsh the Herald Angels Sing” pushes things on the overly clever front but the duet “Man o’War,” with its downer tale of a Christmas morning, and the clever Bowie reference at the end of “Killers” are among the many reasons Vs. Children is, yet again, another stellar Casiotone album.”

“To breed or not to breed? That is the question Owen Ashworth appears to be asking with his fifth full-length outing as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the wryly titled Vs. Children. But this is a Casiotone record, which means Ashworth won’t provide direct access to his thoughts, relying instead on proxies, personae, and other distancing mechanisms. That is, until the record’s third act, when a new Casiotone seems to emerge. Before that, however, Ashworth takes us on a joyride with a succession of mostly doomed outlaws and derelicts, with a couple of side excursions into familiar disaffected-slacker-ballad territory. It all adds up to easily the most mature and thematically ambitious Casiotone release to date, a further testament to the talents of a man more in tune with the lives of his generation than many of the folks actually living them.”


Presenting selections from Vs. Children & Advance Base Battery Life plus reworked olden times CFTPA classics in solo formation

5/28/09- Chicago, IL @ The Hideout >
6/25/09- Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
6/26/09- Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
6/27/09- Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
6/28/09- Nashville, TN @ The End
6/29/09- Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
6/30/09- Atlanta, GA @ 529 (529 Flat Shoals Ave) /+
7/01/09- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 /+
7/02/09- Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Chapel /+
7/03/09- Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel /+ &
7/05/09- Keane, NH @ EF Lane Hotel /+
7/06/09- Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s /+
7/07/09- Montreal, QC @ Il Motore /+
7/08/09- Toronto, ON @ The Boat /+ *
7/09/09- Grand Rapids, MI @ DAAC /+
7/10/09- Chicago, IL @ The Hideout /+~
7/11/09- St Paul, MN @ Turf Club /+
7/12/09- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium /+
7/14/09- Seattle, WA @ Healthy Times Fun Club /+ ^
7/15/09- Portland, OR @ The Artistery /+
7/16/09- Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret /+ #
7/17,18,19/09 – Anacortes, WA @ What The Heck Fest 2009
7/21/09- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill %
7/22/09- San Luis Obispo, CA @ Steynberg Gallery %
7/23/09- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo %
7/24/09- San Diego TBA @ The Casbah%
7/25/09- Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space %
7/26/09- Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture %
7/27/09- New Mexico? HELP!!! %
7/28/09- Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive %
7/30/09- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
7/31/09- Iowa City, IA @ Public Space One

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – White Carolla


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