Move over, Explosions in the Sky. Caspian is here to take over the crown of the best accessible post-rock band around.
The Massachusetts-based sextet has released two full-length records for the predominately post-rock focused label The Mylene Sheath, and with an untitled third record scheduled for release in 2012, the band has released a live album entitled Live at Old South Church.
The four-guitar attack of Caspian, comprised of Philip Jamieson, Calvin Joss, Erin Burke-Moran and Jonny Ashburn, capture emotion better than most bands in the genre. On “ASA,” from the band’s debut The Four Trees, the guitarists help to take a song which was already highly cathartic and emotional in its studio-state and really catapult it into the next stratosphere of sentiment with the live rendition. All of the tracks here are previously recorded from one of the band’s full-lengths or its EP. It’s a testament to the abilities of the band members that they can take these studio versions and give them a whole new life in the live setting, without studio magic to rely on.
The drumming of Joe Vickers is also something to be amazed by. As with most post-rock, there isn’t a vocalist to focus on, so the attention tends to drift from instrument to instrument. On “Concresence,” the album highlight which was originally recorded on the latest full-length Tertia, Vickers’ groove-based beats help drive the song. It sets the tone for the guitar interplay between the quartet of guitarists.
All of the songs on this record are improved on, and slightly altered, in the live setting. With the band slated to release a new record this year, it will certainly be interesting to see how this live release will impact the band’s future studio recordings. Live at Old South Church is definitely a must-listen for any fan of post-rock, invigorating guitars and, quite simply, good music.