Philly punk band Cayetana recently sat down for an interesting interview with Stereogum, where they talk about the Philly music scene, what it means to be punk rock, and why laundromats are sucky and depressing. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
STEREOGUM: What’s “Dirty Laundry” about?
KOCH: The song is about sitting in a Laundro-mat and equating that dreadful experience with feelings of disappointment in yourself and others… but mostly it’s about being pissed off doing laundry.
STEREOGUM: How’d you get involved with Tiny Engines?
KOCH: We put a three song demo up on Bandcamp a while ago and Tiny Engines got in contact with us shortly after. They were extremely patient and supportive, and they completely share the ethics that we believe in so it’s been working out very well.
STEREOGUM:What’s your live show like and how different is it from what you record?
KOCH: I’d like to think that our live show and the record are a fairly similar experience. We try to put a lot of energy into our live shows. I feel like the only huge difference between them is you’re not going to hear a lot of awkward banter and bad jokes when you listen to the record.
Along with this “Band to Watch” interview, Stereogum premiered a brand new track from the band called “Dirty Laundry,” which will be on the band’s Nervous Like Me LP, out on Tiny Engines in August. The song showcases the good old punk rock skill we’ve come to expect and love from Cayetana. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the band has any shows scheduled around the area right now, but they did just get back from a huge U.S. tour with The Menzingers and Pup, so it’s understandable. We’ll be sure to let you know once a new show is announced. Check out the full interview and the song here.
Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The Menzingers‘ Rented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]
By now, I’m sure you’re familiar with Shaking Through, a documentary series from Weathervane Music that follow artists as they record one song in two days, start to finish, at Fishtown’s Miner Street studio. The latest episode features the Philly punk trio Cayetana, and gives you some insight into the personalities of each member, how they got together to form a band and most importantly, how good the music sounds. The song recorded is “Miss Thing,” which frontwoman Augusta Koch wrote about her grandmother (we heard an early version in the band’s Key Studio Session last year). Check out the video and listen to the song below.
We’re big fans of Philly power trio Cayetana over here at The Key, so today’s news that their full-length Nervous Like Me is on its way sooner rather than later has us pretty excited. That’s the cover art up there, and you can check out the track listing after the jump. The album is due out on local-ish label Tiny Engines Records this August (exact date TBD) and the band is touring this summer with The Menzingers (they play Union Transfer on May 31st, info at the XPN Concert Calendar).
If you’re not familiar, the band was founded by three punk scene friends – singer-guitarist Augusta Koch, bassist Allegra Anka and drummer Kelly Olsen – in 2012. Their sound is angular and gritty, yet undeniably poppy. Their single “Hot Dad Calendar” is a righteous jam with a super fun music video. Their song “South Philly” is super heartfelt and poignant. They recorded a Key Studio Session for us last year, and did a Shaking Through session this year that we’re looking forward to hearing. Keep your eyes on this band, they’re moving fast.
Singer / songwriter and guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield brings her ethereal vocals and creeping, crunching guitar riffs to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of her recent album release Make My Head Sing…. Sometimes touching on psychedlic shoegazey rock, other times inserting her bluegrass roots (she was in a bluegrass band with her family as a young girl), Mayfield’s sound is unique and all her own. Get tickets and info on the 9:15pm show here.
The three-piece, all-female punk rock group is live streaming their Shaking Through session on February 1st and 2nd free to the public – an opportunity otherwise only given to members of Weathervane Music Organization. Shaking Through gives fans the chance to watch an insider’s guide as to what recording is like for some of their favorite bands, or a chance to discover new music, while the bands or musicians get to record in a “professional setting.”
Weathervane, founded by producer Brian McTear in 2009, strives to promote independent bands in the area with Shaking Through. Cayetana, formed in the fall of 2011, is finally starting to take off, opening for Waxahatchee just last Sunday and releasing a 7″ this winter on Tiny Engines Records. Check out their studio session with The Key here and their video for “Hot Dad Calendar” below.
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield had her biggest headlining Philly show to date last night, playing to a packed crowd at the First Unitarian Church and mixing in songs from last year’s breakout LP Cerulean Salt and 2012′s American Weekend. Opening the show were two very like-minded punk-rooted acts: Columbus Ohio’s All Dogs, featuring Maryn Jones of Saintseneca, and and Philly power trio Cayetana. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Power pop trio Cayetana have released “Hot Dad Calendar” as a free download in anticipation of their upcoming 7″ release. The new track will be paired with a remaster of “Ella,” which was included on the local band’s debut demo EP last year. The 7″ marks Cayetana’s first vinyl record and will be released through Tiny Engines early 2014. Download the song below and check them out with Waxahatchee, Heavy Bangs and All Dogs at the First Unitarian Church on January 26th. Tickets and information can be found here.
Yesterday the crew over at Philebritydug up a video of Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) performing an acoustic rendition of Guided by Voices‘ “Game of Pricks” at a high school in Pomona, CA last year. Crutchfield’s ability to sing confessional music in an off-the-cuff manner sounds just as honest and stripped down with an acoustic guitar as it does with her three-piece power trio band. She brings the emotional charge of emo and the sound of indie pop in a way similar to that of Frances Quinlan from Hop Along.
With the GBV cover, Crutchfield handily transforms their snappy minute and a half power pop jammer from the 1995 album Alien Lanes into her own thing; watch the video below, and compare it against the original. Waxahatchee’s 2013 album Cerulean Salt is available here; she plays the First Unitarian Church on January 26th with All Dogs, Cayetana, and Heavy Bangs. Tickets and information can be found here.
Cassavetes, a heavy indie/punk rock band from Philadelphia, have been hard at work recording a full length album with Uniform Recording‘s Jeff Zeigler. They just debuted the first raw single off that forthcoming release, entitled “Tie Down.” Starting off with an entrancing guitar line, the drums kick in a cymbals crash and the snare drum is pummeled, ushering in an epic full band sound.
Josh Agran’s gritty shouting leads us through the drum fills and punchy bass until the song softens for a bit. During this time, we hear that Agran can sing on the lighter moments just as well as he can yell at the heavy ones. The track continues back into the explosive hook that leads to shrieking guitar and trudging rhythm, ending with all the instruments rolling together into one big awesome ball of noise.