The Casket Girls have announced a summer tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album True Love Kills The Fairy Tale available now on CD, LP and cassette on Graveface Records. The tour will kick off on July 28 in the band's hometown of Savannah, GA at the Graveface HQ and will include a performance in NYC at the South Street Seaport. All upcoming shows are listed below. More info on the tour and tickets links are available here.
The Casket Girls are hard at work on a new video for "Same Side" from True Love Kills The Fairy Tale. In keeping with the band's trend of getting fans involved, they are asking fans film themselves doing the dance moves shown in this clip to be included in the upcoming video. There are two movements basic step touch and the social zombie. More info on video submissions can be found at The Casket Girls official website.
So many pieces of Savannah, GA three-piece The Casket Girls seemed to happen by accident. From their beginning - when electronic sound-shaper Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow) found sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene under a tree in one of Savannah's many squares, playing Autoharp and singing bizarre songs - to the night they composed their sophomore album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, under circumstances that fall somewhere between séance and dream state, nearly everything about The Casket Girls seems to have been inspired by some kind of spooky happenstance. But then again, the Greene sisters don't believe in accidents.
"I dropped off a shit ton of songs to the girls to work on one night," Graveface says of the genesis of True Love, the follow up to Casket Girls' critically acclaimed 2012 debut. "I went back to check on their progress, because they weren't answering their phones. I don't know if they dropped acid or what, but I walked in and Elsa was sobbing and reciting poetry while Phaedra was just staring straight ahead writing it all down, like catatonic. The next day they dropped off a CD and said, 'We don't even know what's on this. You can throw it in the garbage if you want.' I sat down and listened all the way through and cried. I was like, 'Holy shit! They actually wrote a record like that!' I booked studio time and had them re-record every note just as it was on the demo. They really didn't remember any of it. Had to learn the songs as if someone else had written them entirely. Very bizarre."
Phaedra and Elsa had filled the disc with lilting, almost whimsical melodies about chemical hazes and love gone sour like a couple of fucked up Shangri-las, to which Graveface added a bevy of grinding, multi-dimensional psych-rock keys that will be familiar to anyone with a Graveface LP in their collection. The title track speaks like an unknown voice in a lucid dream - perhaps the one that conveyed these songs through the veil in the first place -beckoning, "True love kills the fairy tale... until heart and lungs fail." It's this twisted and comforting charm, which set in motion the Graveface-Greene love affair in the first place, that relieves us from fear.
The Casket Girls have gained momentum and a substantial cult following due to the unflagging catchiness of their songwriting and the compelling development of their live stage show. They spent the last year and a half touring in support of BMSR and The Faint before growing into headliners in their own right.
07.28 - Savannah, GA at Graveface HQ (MUST RSVP to attend - firstname.lastname@example.org)
07.29 - Carboro, NC at Cat's Cardle Backroom
07.30 - Baltimore, MD at Holy Frijoles
07.31 - Kingston NY at BSP Kingston
08.01 - New York, NY at The South Street Seaport 7pm FREE/ALL AGES (RSVP)
08.02 - Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
08.03 - Cincinnati, OH at MOTR Pub
08.04 - Louisville, KY at Zanzabar
08.05 - Chicago, IL at Subterranean
08.06 - St Louis, MO at The Demo
08.07 - Kansas City, MO at Czar Bar
08.08 - Denver, CO at Lost Lake Lounge
08.10 - Norman, OK at The Opolis
08.11 - Austin, TX at The Mohawk
08.12 - Denton, TX at Dan's Silver Leaf
08.13 - Memphis, TX at Hi Tone Cafe
08.14 - Nashville, TN at The End
08.15 - Birmingham, AL at Bottletree
08.16 - Athens, GA at Rooftop at Georgia