The old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ is being applied by emerging Guildford rockers Cascade with their classic “in-your-face” anthemic rock sound.
As the band tell us: “Melodic, anthem-like British stadium rock is a sound everybody has heard before, but (we’ve added) a modern twang to it. It’s a sound that has always done so well in music, so why not keep smashing it? We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel, we just want to make it better.”
The band first began when vocalist and guitarist Sam teamed up with drummer Dan to put together a few song ideas he’d come up with over a number of years. After a couple of years and a few shows under the belt, and after a number of members had come and gone, they eventually added bassist Chris and guitarist Austen on a permanent basis.
On the Cascade sound, Sam explains: “We wanted to make music together because we all enjoy what we’re creating, and we felt like it couldn’t be left for only our ears to hear. After all, what’s better than playing something you have created with your pals, and presenting it to people who have a genuine interest in what you’ve made?”
The latest taste of this is second single Come Along, on which the band tell us to expect: “A feel-good, upbeat indie-rock song, with a catchy guitar riff that sticks in your head, accompanied by massive choruses.”
Indeed, it opens up with a big smash of drums, a light flicker of guitars then the big catchy riff kicks in and a rockier hit of guitar chords and driving drums. It drops into a big singalong verse of cool high-pitched vocals then increases in intensity in a chorus of big backing vocals underneath Sam’s lead. The second chorus flows into a cool guitar solo that drops into a final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the video below:
Cascade are a young band and Sam explains that comes across in the topics that inspire them to write. He said: “All of the songs contain the same kind of themes and I feel they are based around growing up in general; because that’s all I’ve ever been able to write about! I can’t write about things that I haven’t experienced, I’m only 20 years old so all I’ve really accomplished is growing up (or pretending to!). Typically, that contains scenarios like girlfriends, partying, taking drugs, drinking, friendship dramas, all that kinda shit. I’m always more inspired to make the tune itself rather than the lyrics, that’s my inner guitarist coming out.”
The band list the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Oasis among their influences, and the latter definitely comes across on their debut single Listen Now. It opens up with a cool little riff then a big singalong verse with cool backing vocals under Gallacher-esque catchy vocals, such as “And every man has a freedom of speech, Listen to every single word I preach.”
A second chorus gives way to a funky little guitar solo, which feeds into another chorus then an unexpectedly heavy smash of guitar chords under a cry of “Are you listening” to bring a highly enjoyable track to an end. Check it out below:
These first two singles promise much for this exciting new band, and it seems the age-old classic rock approach is working wonders for them.
Cascade plan to release another single by the end of the year, along with several gigs coming up including playing Suburbia in Southampton on 23 November. More info is here. As Sam says: “We seem to get on each others’ nerves when we are NOT playing, so we have to keep ourselves busy just to avoid the drama!
“For anyone unsure of our sound, come and see us live to see what we’re really about. We bring the party to the stage and we want to have it with you!”