Macclesfield’s calypso-flavoured Cassia have announced details of their biggest UK tour yet, with eleven dates unveiled across the UK including a night at The Ritz this autumn. The prolific touring trio have already played a number of dates in Manchester over the past twelve months including a spot at Dot To Dot Festival, with more fans eager to catch the tropical outfit with each appearance. We caught up with the band for a chat ahead of their night at the Ritz.
// Hello Cassia! How would you describe yourself as a band?
An African-influenced indie three-piece from sunny Macclesfield.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
Well, on the way down to the studio we had three hours to delve into some new tunes we’ve found, we put on Khruangbin‘s latest album and it’s so so good! Loving their approach to writing music, it sounds insanely original and they’re all class musicians.
// What is your favourite song to perform? Why?
For me personally (Rob, singer) it changes gig by gig. At our headline shows I love playing ‘100 Times Over‘ ’cause the crowd tend to sing it at there top of there lungs and nothing can beat that. However recently we’ve been playing heaps in Germany growing our fanbase out there so we’ve had chance to debut a couple of new tunes, you always get a buzz from doing that.
// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
Well our social lives are almost non-existent at the moment we’ve been in the studio that much, haha. Yeah we’ve got some new stuff in the works and we’re all so pumped about where we’re taking the sound, we really feel like this is a new era for Cassia.
// Do you have any track that is fairly challenging for you to play live? How do you address that?
Being a three-piece the majority of our set is a challenge to play live, you’re constantly having to think about filling space, locking in with each other and keeping groove. All the African music that we draw influence from tends to have many textures, duelling melodic instruments and complicated syncopated rhythms are key to the style. So, we have our work cut out, but we’re not complaining!
// What was the last film you/you all saw?
We don’t tend to watch films, we’re a series and daytime tele kind of band. Peep Show, Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmare’s just to name a few, I think Jake (drummer) went to see Jeremy Kyle live once…
// Do you have a favourite venue in Manchester?
The Ritz. It’s a classic, we’ve all been to watch gigs there and we are absolutely buzzing to play there November 3rd (shameless plug).
// If you could be an animal, what would you be?
A super chilled Panda ’cause they’re cool man.
Cassia perform at The o2 Ritz on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Tickets are here.