Everything has a beginning. Sometimes the beginning is not a definite date, but more of a cosmic event that transpires over a period of time. What started off as friends just jamming and creating musical fusion became something quite special. And when lyrics where twisted and crunched into the emotive sounds, it was good. It was too good to keep within the four walls of their practice room…
Matt Cash and Louis Morales (each guitars and vocals) ventured out with guitars and a desire to “just play songs live.” The pair headed to a bar in Galveston and talked their way into a 30 minute set that included originals and inspired cover songs. The half hour turned into owning the stage all night and regular gigs being booked.
Cash and Morales admittedly “bugged” Cam Rowe (bass) constantly to join them. It’s evident at this point that it isn’t easy to deny Cash and Morales as their negotiating skills are strong. So, Rowe joined the band. Rounding out the line-up are Noe Molina (drums) and David “4” Rios (percussion). Cassette Tape can be described as indescribable. It’s more about the experience, than the genre. The band members are avid fans of music in general and their passion is expressed through a musical connection between them and the audience.
In fact, the meaning behind the band name is simple. Cassette Tape was born based on all of the good music that influenced them was listened to from a cassette tape. Plus the name “Cassette Tape” was catchier than the name “The Vinyl Band.”
Their influences are wide ranging from classic rock, modern heavy rock, to Spanish folk music. All of this forms the building blocks to the experimental, hip hop, progressive reggae that has the band flexing their musical muscles into a unique sound.
Cassette Tape is more than a jam band with an EP. They are a tight-knit group of musicians who thrive on spontaneity and improvisation. At each performance, their strengths are brought to the fore-front as the songs performed are being chiseled away at and refined. “It’s an organic experience,” says Molina.
Truly an experience not to be missed…
Venture out and see a taste of what Cassette Tape can do live. Arrive with an open mind and expect the unexpected during their all-original song set. For more information, visit www.reverbnation.com/cassettetape or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rhonda Meredith (Published in The SCENE Magazine – October 2012)