The Obelisk

Caustic Casanova bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer below cites the lyrics to the band’s new single, “A Bailar Con Cuarentena,” as perhaps his favorite ever, which even considering the rest of their upcoming LP, Glass Enclosed Nerve Center (out Oct. 7 on Magnetic Eye Records, set to stream here in full on Oct. 5) never mind their four prior albums and sundry other releases, is saying something. But yeah, it’s understandable. The band isn’t through the first verse before they’ve introduced the AutoZone Messiah and made fun of his mullet with bonus wordplay in substituting “piety” for “party,” toyed with language in multiple languages and established the setting for the song in the age of the titular pandemic quarantine.

Oh but there’s more. Consider the phonetic chicanery between “Logorrhea” and “lager,” a French pronunciation for “timbre” tossed in for good measure to make it work with “amber,” or the similar rhyme-plus pairing of “Appalachianese” and “ideology.” The gleefully weird, mundane-as-unfamiliar portrayed in the lines, “Another incantation from the half-mad cocatrice/Peaceful defenestration from the rock band name police,” and “defenestration” for “demonstration” there. The classic post-hardcore word swap of “seat”/”screen” codifying the awaiting if word and signal earlier. The sheer encapsulation of the era in “This news is big if true.” Shit that’s efficient. And the air of threat in the final part, where we meet and speak with the rattlesnake. Favorite or not, the attention to detail and composition in “A Bailar Con Cuarentena” is deeply, deeply admirable.

And the video is so perfectly odd. Animated by Jase Harper, with birds a plenty and some only-suitable headbanging, we see Beringer, drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker and guitarist Jake Kimberley playing as a trio while remotely-located guitarist Andrew Yonki looks down as an angry sun. Heads are flowers, times are a tough and riffs are mighty. No, I’m not sick of telling you how good this record is. If I have any credibility at all after running this site for the last 13-plus years of my wretched life, please believe me when I tell you Glass Enclosed Nerve Center is something special from this band and not to be missed.

I had bothered Beringer a while back for the lyric sheet to go with the album, and seeing his note below, asked for permission to post the words to the song with the video. You’ll find them below, and so far as I know this is the first time they’ve been made public.

Taken from a review of the music video for “A Bailar Con Cuarentena” by JJ Koczan.

The Obelisk

Chesapeake progressive noise rockers Caustic Casanova will launch a tour on Sept. 10 headed out west to Monolith on the Mesa — kudos to the Taos, New Mexico-based festival for understanding what to-date mostly Maryland Doom Fest has known and a whole bunch of others are going to find out shortly — and as they continue to herald the upcoming Oct. 7 release of their new album, Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on Magnetic Eye Records, a second single from the record emerges in the form of “Anubis Rex.” The opener follows behind “Lodestar” and brings post-hardcore vibes front and center as well as a whole bunch of ‘firsts’ for the band as bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer notes in the comment below. You can hear that Thin Lizzy for sure, along with some ’00s emo, the pedal steel and a lot, a lot, a lot of shove. It’s a mover, it’s about love, and it’s gonna be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. If you’re lucky.

I’m slated to review and stream Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on Oct. 5, but before we get there I’ll tell you happily I can’t put the record down, and I can think of only one other album so far in 2022 that’s had such an effect on my passive and active listening habits, and as I start to think about album-of-the-year-type conversations, that weighs heavily. Glass Enclosed Nerve Center is a strong contender in that regard for me — it also runs away with the best song I’ve heard this year in the 22-minute finale “Bull Moose Against the Sky” — so if you haven’t gotten hyped up on it yet, “Anubis Rex” represents it well as the leadoff.

And pretty much I’m making this post to say exactly that.

Taken from a Monolith on the Mesa and Glass Enclosed Nerve Center preview by JJ Koczan.

La Habitación 235

Un primer avance como “Lodestar” (ver aquí) me llamó muchísimo la atención para ser mi primera toma de contacto con esta banda, a pesar de ver como ha pasado (al igual que tantas) por el radar de “La Habitación 235”. Sí, no podemos dar cabida a todas y muchas suelen pasar de largo. Un fallo muy común entre muchos de mis colegas de sector que tarde o temprano hay que enmendar.

Volviendo al principio, ese mencionado single marcaba una propuesta atractiva de la banda, con un sonido que rápidamente atrae bajo un tímido coqueteo progresivo. Con el segundo avance me dispongo a ponerme manos a la obra con el combo de Washington y meternos en faena con lo que será “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center”, el nuevo trabajo de Caustic Casanova.

Como tantos lanzamientos que nos espera el mes que viene, Octubre empieza a superpoblarse desde este aspecto como buena costumbre en los últimos años. El quinto de álbum de los norteamericanos tiene su fecha fijada para el próximo 7 de Octubre, y nosotros hoy nos abrimos con todo lujo de detalles presentando el segundo single del mismo bajo el avance “Anubis Rex”.

Vertientes poderosas bajo la señal más pesada y progresiva, es el buque insignia de estos eternos excursionistas de dar una vuelta de tuerca al género para que un género más que redescubierto en sus muchas facetas, siga teniendo signos de seguir sorprendiendo. Esto es exactamente Caustic Casanova, y este es su espectáculo.

El nuevo “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” llegará bajo el mandato de Magnetic Eye Records y tiene sus reservas disponibles aquí.

Taken from a Spanish language preview of the two singles from “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” by Ruben Herrera.

WTOP

You can usually tell a lot about a band’s sound and musical influences by what they listened to on the radio when they were younger.
But not always.

“I didn’t really grow up listening to music at all, and my parents didn’t really listen to music — ever,” said Francis Beringer, who plays bass and sings with D.C. based Caustic Casanova. “They only listened to WTOP.”

Huh?

“What do you mean you didn’t listen to music,” I asked incredulously.

“We really didn’t listen to music in our house, we just didn’t — we listened to the news, constantly, as a family,” said Beringer. “It’s funny that someone who grew up to be a musician would have had such a music-less childhood.”

So, maybe it’s not surprising that Caustic Casanova’s upcoming album is called “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center,” the nickname WTOP’s longtime boss, Jim Farley, bestowed upon the newsroom in the early 2000s.

When we read on Twitter that a D.C.-area band was set to release an album named for the #GENC, we had to invite them in to learn more.

Thursday morning, Francis, drummer and singer Stefanie Zaenker, and new guitarist Jake Kimberley stopped by for a tour of the newsroom. Guitarist Andrew Yonki wasn’t able to make it.

With a first stop at the coffee machine, we got the go-ahead from morning show producer Teddy Gelman to drop in on Joan Jones and Bruce Alan.

With its years of experience in recording studios, Caustic Casanova knew to observe the ‘On Air’ light, which comes on when an anchor turns on a microphone in a studio.

What’s still not clear is why the band would want to name its new album after a news station whose former promotional liner included the phrase, “Your favorite radio station doesn’t play songs?”

What was it about the phrase “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center?”

“Ever since I was a little kid, I loved that string of words together, even devoid of its meaning,” said Beringer. “I just thought it sounded awesome, and always had this idea that someday I wanted to have an album called ‘Glass Enclosed Nerve Center.’”

“You didn’t have many friends in school, did you?” I asked. He and his bandmates laughed.

Why would a progressive rock band name its album for an all-news radio station? (WTOP/Michelle Goldchain)
Zaenker grew up in Charlottesville, and went to William & Mary with Beringer. Kimberley was raised in Pennsylvania.

Zaenker and Kimberley liked Beringer’s idea for the album title.

“I think it sounds very mysterious, ‘Glass Enclosed Nerve Center,’” said Zaenker. “What’s in there — I want to go on a mission to figure it out, so that’s why I think it sounds super cool.”

Beringer describes the band’s music as “heavy, progressive rock,” while its Bandcamp page includes a range from “sardonic noise rock to proggy sludge” and “a kaleidoscope of progressive heavy rock exuberance.”

“Lodestar,” the first single from their upcoming album, which will be released Oct. 7, on Magnetic Eye Records, is their first recording with Kimberley.

From an article about Caustic Casanova’s new album “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center” by Neal Augenstein.

Outlaws of the Sun

Sludge/Stoner Metal Experimentalists Caustic Casanova will return with their 5th album Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on October 7th 2022 and the band have just released their first single – Lodestar.

The track is quintessential Caustic Casanova with its freaky use of Psychedelic Beats, Sludge Grooves and Stoner Metal menace. Perhaps moving away from the Prog Riffs heard on the last album and embracing a more straight up Hard Rock philosophy. The guitars are razor sharp with the band moving between Spaced Out Interludes that merge into areas of Grunge and upbeat Gloomy madness.

The vocals from Stefanie and Francis have a wonderful interplay between them before joining up for some striking singalong vocal passages. The music moves between KYLESA fast paced sounds before adding that eerie Prog Rock weirdness that the band are well known for.

Caustic Casanova brings a more distorted feeling and flow to the song that gives the track a heavier presence that could be classed as Drone Rock/Metal in places.

Lodestar is a wonderful track and shows Caustic Casanova doing what they do best and that is being one of the most inventive and original bands within the underground scene. On this evidence, their new album might be their heaviest and strongest work to date. Roll on October 7th.

Taken from a review of “Lodestar” by Steve Howe.

The Obelisk

You could sit down five times to try to describe Caustic Casanova‘s sound and come up with five completely different takes. And that’s why it’s fun. Unpredictable in their post-grunge, noise-rock-informed, heavy indie individualism, the now-four-piece will issue Glass Enclosed Nerve Center, their new full-length, on Oct. 7 through Magnetic Eye Records. It’s their second album for the label behind 2019’s God How I Envy the Deaf (review here) and though it’s been done since last November, with full schedules, pressing and shipping delays and whatnot, 11 months from one end to the other (plus studio time) might just be how long it takes to make a record now. I’d call it a brave new world, but it’s really more like Soylent Green.

Alas, new Caustic Casanova will invariably help. They’re streaming the track “Lodestar” now and you can hear that below, and even in its three-minute span you can hear why Caustic Casanova are the square peg in the round hole of genre classification. There is supposed to be a video coming out as well, I think today, so when and if that happens I’ll add that here [EDIT: It’s down there now.]. But in the meantime, the album cover and particulars are below, as yoinked from Bandcamp. Also of note, they’ll be at Monolith of the Mesa in September.

Taken from an article about the new single “Lodestar” by JJ Koczan.

The Frederick News-Post

Since 2018, members of the hard rock band Caustic Casanova have one by one taken roost amongst the shadows of Frederick’s clustered spires and have swooped down like a squadron of rabid, rockin’ and rolling bats making their mark on the city’s local music scene and far beyond.

The band has been relentlessly trucking their original blend of what are at times epic heavy rock/metal/punk songs around the nation. Their inspired efforts, combined with an artful creativity in songcraft and kickass live shows, have garnered the band well deserved attention.

So listen on up, then go rock on out.

Starting at the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2005, Caustic Casanova have left a trail of band members and broken equipment strewn across the country while enduring the woes of relentless rock touring and life in general, all on their way to finding Frederick as their home base.

The band has been releasing music and seriously touring since 2008 — and clearly spending some time honing their craft over the years. Between 2013 and 2018, Caustic Casanova released a trio of EPs for their Pantheon series, where the band paired original material with classics by bands Pentagram, the Melvins and Weedeater (check out the song “Glossolalia” from Pantheon Vol. 1 for a burner).

The band then signed with Magnetic Eye Records, who in October 2019 released Caustic Casanova’s acclaimed latest record, “God How I Envy The Deaf.” The release garnered two Wammie awards in 2020, one for Best Hard Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Song for “Filth Castle” (which does totally rock).

How is that for bona fides? City of Frederick, represent.

Caustic Casanova features Stefanie Zaenker (drums, vocals), Francis Beringer (bass, vocals), Andrew Yonki (guitar) and Jake Kimberley (guitar). The band first discovered Frederick while living in Virginia and playing shows at the now defunct Guido’s Speakeasy (Frederick’s former dive bar that hosted live, original music) around 2013. In 2017, guitarist Yonki moved to the city, followed by Zaenker and Beringer. Kimberly moved to Frederick in 2018 for work. While already involved in the local music scene, he was not in the band at that time.

“Francis and I decided we wanted to trade in D.C. for something smaller and decided to give Frederick a shot,” Zaenker said. “The historical nature of beautiful downtown Frederick, and its great food, drink and heavy music scene, all had to do with our move. We love it here.”

The band had seen Kimberly play with his former bands and they immediately thought of him first when they decided it was time to add a second guitar player. Kimberly’s talent and creativity appear to have made him a valuable asset to the band, where he seems like a natural fit live, completely shredding on guitar right along with what was already a very tight rhythm section.

While technically Caustic Casanova is a four-piece, and they try to play as many four-piece shows as possible, lately they have been touring and playing most of their live shows minus guitarist Andrew Yonki, who now lives in Upstate New York.

After ending 2021 with a beefy tour schedule in November and December (across what looked like nearly half the U.S.), Caustic Casanova took the holidays off and are now getting back to rehearsals and writing music.

The summer of 2022 will see the release of the band’s latest album out on Magnetic Eye Records and will feature some of Caustic Casanova’s most ambitious material to date — including a 22-minute song on side B — and will be the first full length recording featuring all four members. It also features some new instrumentation with keyboards and pedal steel on a few songs that the band is excited about.

Until then, the band plans to write new music, film music videos, and do some touring in the late spring and early summer. Caustic Casanova have also been confirmed for the Maryland Doom Fest at Cafe 611 in June.

The band’s unique sound comes from a shared — and intense — love of heavy music, while the individual band members also have eclectic tastes and different musical backgrounds.

“Ride in our tour van with us, and you’ll hear Swans, Radiohead, The Obsessed, AC/DC, Aphex Twin, Husker Du, Isis, Lee Morgan, Jesus Lizard, Jawbox, Loretta Lynn and Clutch all in the same day,” Zaenker said. “I started my musical journey as a marching percussion and jazz trumpet player in the middle school band,” she went on. “Jake and Andrew both picked up the guitar early and were in rock bands throughout their teenage years. Francis was inspired to pick up the bass in his late teens after hearing Rush for the first time.”

Zaenker says the band writes their songs organically and don’t ever set out to write a certain type of song. The result is something that always ends up being weird and unconventional.

“If it sounds good to us, we’re going with it,” she said.

Taken from an article by Andy Stout.

Juno Daily

Other highlights unarguably include Domkraft bringing a Richard Hawley-cum-BC Camplight feel to ‘Night Prowler’, and the fresh, pub-punk delivery of Caustic Casanova on ‘Dog Eat Dog’. But what’s most remarkable about the compilation is the fact almost every track on here has anthem potential, yet the vast majority are among the lesser-known, or at least less jukebox-ed, of AC/DC’s repertoire.

Taken from a review of The Best of AC/DC Redux in “The Best New Albums This Week.”