Caspian Gig Review Classic Grand Glasgow

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Caspian

One of great things about running a music review website such as decibelROGUE is getting regular opportunities to see artists and bands for the first time. Especially ones which belong to genres which I don’t really know all that much about. So, when I got the opportunity to check out post-rock giants Caspian‘s gig at the Classic Grand last Thursday, not even the thought of a 50 mile round trip to Glasgow and a 4am alarm call for work the following day could stop me.

Caspian are an instrumental post-rock band which hails from Beverly, Massachusetts who, for the last decade, have been building a considerable reputation as one of the very best post-rock bands around. They have been touring the UK and Europe following the release of their fith studio album ‘Dust and Disquiet’. So given that the one and only other time I’ve seen a post rock band was about 18 months ago, I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity of seeing these guys!

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Jo Quail

Supporting Caspian on their tour is Jo Quail. Jo is a London-based cellist and composer who uses her electric cello and looping to create the most amazing musical soundscapes. Watching her live, it’s impossible not to be captivated by the way Jo gradually builds each song layer by layer to create something which sounds like it was performed by a group of musicians rather than one incredibly talented individual. Highlight of Jo’s all to brief set was ‘South West Night’ which is taken from her latest album Caldera, and is available HERE

First thing you notice about the stage before Caspian appear is the number of guitars on it. This is because the band have no fewer than four guitarists – Johnny Ashburn, Erin Burke-Moran, Calvin Joss and frontman Philip Jamieson.  Drummer Joe Vickers completes the lineup.

Caspian’s music seems to focus on contrasts, quiet/loud being the most obvious. Many of their songs would start quietly, then over time would build in intensity and power until the venue is filled with an awesome, relentless, guitar-driven fury.

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Caspian

But make no mistake, this is not just a bunch of guys thrashing away randomly on some Strats’ to make as loud a noise as they possibly can. There is a precision and nuance to everything which makes you stand back and really listen. Which brings me onto the most surprising thing about this gig.  Generally when rock bands are in full flow you get the urge to jump up and down, headbang, or let loose however you choose to let loose at rock gig. However, and as strange as it may seem, when Caspian are in full flow, I found myself just staring at the stage, listening.

I know it sounds strange to say it, but I reckon the best way to listen to Caspian is sat in a comfy chair, with no distractions around you, cold beer in hand. You could almost chill out to it. Or am I going mad?

Regardless, this was one of the most surprising and surprisingly enjoyable gigs I’ve been lucky enough to cover since launching decibelROGUE back in August.

Drop by Caspian’s website HERE and check them out for yourself.