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s​/​t (Remastered)

by The Cassettes

Twelve Minus 03:22
The Sound 03:10
Afternoon 02:44


With heads bobbing and toes tapping, The Cassettes bring an exuberant vitality sadly lacking in much of the current music scene. This vitality recalls select themes found in the music of the Beatles, Todd Rundgren, and Badfinger and melds them into something fresh and striking. Critics and the casual listener alike will be undoubtedly and unabashedly captivated by The Cassettes' zeal and fervor.

The Cassettes, sunshine filled songs, violet strewn hills of amplifiers, kaleidoscopic swirling guitars, running rivulets of fuzz-drenched sound. Post-Punk Psychedelia/Neo-Garage rock for basement show kids? Whatever it is it sure is head-bopping, spastic flailing fun. A marriage of 70‚s power-pop to the angular indie D.C. sound, The Cassettes are not so much a step back as they are a sideward glance through a distorted mirror of influences. Hailing from the nation‚s capital, this quartet is assembled from such notable underground acts as Frodus, Dead Meadow, & Weird War.

Friends playing music for the joy of playing, it comes across in their sound, their live show and hell even in their song titles (ex. How can it be so bad?, the good times). This joyful romp through blaring rock was originally the outgrowth of frontman, Shelby Cinca's four track recordings. Odd nuggets of pop that didn‚t fit the teeth- gritting angst of his previous project, Frodus. Teaming with High School buddy and Dead Meadow Bassist Steven Kille back in 1999, the duo spent many reels of rehearsal tape writing songs that reminded them of the vinyl LPs on their parent's turntables in their youth. Recruiting Steve's then girlfriend, Jennifer to expand their treble on second guitar and Stephen McCarty on Drums to outfit recording their self-titled debut. Since then The Cassettes went from rainy day project to a open sky jamboree, as the mileage on the odometer and the mileage on their show gear grows and grows by their odd treks from club to club.

— Lovitt Records 2001


released September 16, 2002

Recorded May 2001 & November 2001 by Shelby Cinca at Mystic Gnome Mobile Studios at Stonehenge House - Arlington, VA. "Miracle Of Birth" recorded summer 200 at Justamere Farm - Liberty, IN during the Dead Meadow "Howls from the Hills" sessions. Mixed at Sterling Productions in Sterling, VA by The Cassettes and Bruce Kane.

Remastered in 2015 by Shelby Cinca at Mystic Gnome Mobile Studios - Nordic Gnome Location.

Cover photo by David Holloway.

Shelby Cinca - Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Steve Kille - Bass/Vocals
Stephen McCarty - Drums/Vocals
Jennifer Potter - Background Vocals

4-Track Cassette demos recorded by Shelby Cinca in 1998.


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From power-pop/rock to mophing into "A rollicking air-balloon ride over a landscape dotted with greasy resonator guitars, screaming accordions and theremins!"—AllMusic

Also known as a Musical Explorers Society, The Cassettes dare to push standard musical structures while maintaining a respectful tip o' the hat to the visionaries of the past.

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