Caustic Casanova Is….



Francis Beringer – Bass, Vocals

Andrew Yonki – Guitar

Stefanie Zaenker – Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Caustic Casanova is a loud, heavy rock trio from Washington, DC. The CC, as they are affectionately known by their fans, have been tearing up stages and studios alike with their unique brand of eclectic, “absurdly muscled uber-psyche” (Indy Week Raleigh) since their inception on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2005. In 2008 CC released their first ever full-length studio album, a fourteen song, seventy-two minute tour-de-force entitled Imminent Eminence. Four years later, Caustic Casanova unleashed 2012’s critically acclaimed Someday You Will Be Proven Correct, produced by J. Robbins.

After the release of Someday You Will Be Proven Correct and a 2012 SXSW tour came the departure the group’s original guitarist, and a most critical juncture for the rhythm section of the band – whether to continue as Caustic Casanova, start another project, or part ways altogether. After much deliberation, drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker and bassist/lead vocalist Francis Beringer decided to honor the work they’d done over the years together by continuing Caustic Casanova. Months of experimenting as a bass and drums two piece were followed by rounds of guitar player auditions, finally yielding the missing element to the new Caustic Casanova, longtime fan, friend and all-around six string wizard Andrew Yonki. In Andrew’s three and a half years with the band, the rejuvenated Caustic Casanova has gigged wherever and whenever possible, embarked on several North American tours, and has earned a much bigger following in DC.

In 2014 Caustic Casanova signed to Retro Futurist Records after opening for psych metal veterans and label owners Kylesa, and later teamed up with J. Robbins to record lots of new music and release the first in a series of 7″ singles called Pantheon: Volume 1. Despite losing Stefanie for nearly half the year to severe wrist injuries from a life threatening accident (once again putting the very existence of the band in jeopardy) Caustic Casanova returned stronger, tighter and more motivated than ever to build sonic temples in which to worship feedback, massive riffs, delay pedals, bass fuzz, thunderous drum fills and soaring vocal melody.

The end product of these years of writing and recording through trial and tribulation is Caustic Casanova’s new album and Retro Futurist debut Breaks, once again produced by J. Robbins. Breaks features seven unconventional and melodic heavy rock songs, none quite like the other, and covers a vast sonic territory from dark, driving post-punk to psychedelic post-metal, from heavy doom blues to epic space rock and everything in between. Breaks was released on September 25, 2015, and the vinyl edition, with different artwork, was released on July 21st, 2016. Look for Caustic Casanova on tour in the US and Canada during July, August, September and October 2016.


Live Press:

“Absurdly muscled uber-psyche…recalling stoner wizards Kyuss” – Raleigh Indyweek

“Intelligent and interesting alt-metal with plenty of psychedelic touches and rhythmic flourish” – DC Rock Live

“Zaenker’s drumming provide(s) the relentless lead for the boys to squelch and wail over without hardly a breath in between” – Ticket Alternative Blog

“Riff Emperors” – The Pinhook, Durham NC


Praise for 2012’s Someday You Will Be Proven Correct:

“Nobody does intellectual hard rock music better right now than this band…[this record] will surely serve to teach those who listen how to create something unique from ancient building blocks. This is a cleverness to be celebrated and an inventiveness that shall inspire. If progressive, forward thinking rock music is something you’d like to explore further then this album is currently the best place to go and find it.” – Subba-Cultcha

“Heavy yet clever in a Torche-meets-Dismemberment Plan kind of way—yes, it’s that addictively strange—Someday You Will Be Proven Correct leaves a complex, acidic aftertaste.” – The Onion AV Club

“Literary, political and tangentially astral, Someday You Will Be Proven Correct is an energetic blast of sci-fi postpunk.” – Caught In The Carousel

“With a base stock of classic power-trio rock, the mad chefs of Caustic Casanova went wild in the kitchen mixing their cuisines, alternatingly adding some big chunks of meaty stoner riffs, some delicate flavorings of prog-esque space-rock passages, the occasional fire of punk pepper, and some indie spice, turned the whole thing up as high it would go and let it boil over.” – The Ripple Effect

Someday You Will Be Proven Correct finds the band swimming through dense, baroque songs, all of which are driven by the ghost of Howlin’ Wolf as filtered through rock. The instruments are hot and vocals are cold, giving the songs an alien texture and otherworldliness.” – Punk News

“…their penchant for volume and eccentricity is a winning combination. [Caustic Casanova] churn out unclassifiable rock with mechanistic precision.” – Chybucca Sounds

“Album of the month, April 2012” – The Deli Magazine