No Cassandra – Interview

By • Feb 4th, 2008 • Category: Alternative, Indie, Interview, Music, Pop

Recently I came across “No Cassandra” from the Midlands in the UK. They are an unsigned group of five young musicians. who have aspirations to have an impact on the music industry. You can hear their demo called “New York” here and their MySpace website has three other tracks as well. I look forward to the album.

Track Name: New York

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The band are Tristan Cook on vocals, Luke Wilkins on guitar and vocals, Dale Townsend on piano and guitar, Matthew Abercrombie on drums and James Affleck on bass.

They play a brand of power pop that stands out thanks to strong voices, ripper hooks, thoughtful lyrics and sensitive arrangements. I liked the songs enough to contact No Cassandra for an email interview. The guys came to the party after I said “So here are the questions. Go crazy.” This is their response.

Duggup: Tell me about the band name – it’s pretty distinctive.

No Cassandra: Cassandra was a mythological Greek character who’s often served as a model for insanity and
tragedy. Therefore, we felt it fitting to incorporate the ‘no’ at the beginning. Something different but it’s not about the name.

Demo sleeve - No Cassandra

Duggup: You list a huge number of influences – seriously?
No Cassandra: We’re a 5 piece band all with a broad range of influences. We won’t sound like all the artists but they have influenced what we wanna do.
Duggup: When was the first time you felt deeply affected by music or when you knew you wanted to make music?
No Cassandra: Hearing Squre being let loose on ‘Second Coming”. Seeing Oasis @ Maine Road 1996 those sort of things were hugely inspiring and made us wanna do this.

Duggup: What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
No Cassandra: Taking our ideas from the bedroom to band rehearsal and getting that look of ‘quality tune’ from the rest of the band.

Duggup: How did you all as a band first connect?

No Cassandra: Mutual friendship. Most of us have known each other for years and been involved in other projects and have now finally come together to form No Cassandra

Duggup: Tell me something about your living environments and musical education – big city or small town?

No Cassandra: The education of ‘big city’ music has been priceless. Where we are in the Midlands we’re very lucky to have several big cities with great music scenes on our doorstep

Duggup: Can you describe, briefly, how you work on the songs?

No Cassandra: Normally members bring ideas to the table and if they get the magic seal of approval we all work around the initial idea or if the song gets ‘shot down in flames’, the next ‘spontaneous’ eruption of sound is usually quality

Duggup: What is distinctive about your music?

No Cassandra: Our music isn’t pushing any major boundaries but we believe we are making good old quality music. We don’t feel that anyone else is releasing music like ours at the moment. Everyone’s trying to be so left field and different they end up forgetting what’s most important, ‘the songs’.

Duggup: What can we expect next?

No Cassandra: The reaction of the first 4 demo’s has been great and has given us great hope. So when we’re ready we’ll head into the studio to record our album and tour it as much as we can.

Duggup: What are your future plans or dreams as musicians?

No Cassandra: To sign a record deal, try and make it and live the dream. No different to any other ‘sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll -a-holic’.

Duggup: How hard is to produce and finance your musical productions?
No Cassandra: We been quite lucky so far and have some friends in the industry that have helped us record the demos so far ‘on the cheap’

No Cassandra demo sleeve

Duggup: What do think of “giving your music away”?
No Cassandra: It’s alright when you’ve already release a load of albums and made it. Cause you don’t need the money and don’t need to worry about selling out endless tours. How’s a new band meant to get anywhere if they give everything away for free.

Duggup: What do you think of the music industry today?

No Cassandra: The industry is on it’s arse at the moment and i’m not sure what’s gonna happen next. Everyone seems to be waiting for someone else to think of this ‘great’ idea that’s gonna save the industry. But at the end of the day, if people make quality music people will still buy it and come and see you play.

Duggup: What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
No Cassandra: Seeing the reaction of friends and new fans listening to our music and the response it’s been getting. We can’t wait to hit the road and win over an army of new fans.

Duggup: What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music?
No Cassandra: Sex and Drugs……….what else is there when you take out the Rock ‘n’ Roll 🙂

Duggup: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
No Cassandra: Well at the moment we’re all stuck in the usual 9-5 jobs along with the rest. So we all live for the day when we tell our bosses that we won’t be back on Monday cause i’m off to take over the world.

Duggup: What is your biggest indulgence?
No Cassandra: We all live and breathe music. Playing, watching, listening and buying. It’s an addiction!!

DUGGUP: Finally…..
What’s on high rotation on your MP3 player at the moment that we should know about?

No Cassandra: No Cassandra – Demos (Of Course)
Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off The Lavender Bridge
Exit Calm – Demos
Seasick Steve – Dog House Music
Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
Sean Lennon – Friendly Fire
Ryan Adams – Entire Back Catalogue

So thanks for the interview guys and good luck for the future.

There you have it then, keep your ears open for the album and if you happen to be in their neck of the woods and get to hear No Cassandra live, send us a review.

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