Caspian – at the Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA – 11/16/16
Navigating my way up to the stage on the floor of a packed Union Transfer, I finally experienced what my friends have been raving about. Caspian opened with “Waking Season” and went right into “Echo and Abyss,” which set the tone for the evening; similar to the vibe of Godspeed! You Black Emperor/ Mogwai, Caspian seamlessly transitioned between songs, with haunting crescendos that only amplified their passionate playing and sound.
Caspian’s intensity was crystal clear from the moment they took the stage. Quickly supercharged by a collective unified sound, the band was led by the backlit shadowy presence of Philip Jamieson; towering over the crowd with his Fender Jazzmaster strapped to his shoulder and only a microphone in front of him separating him from the crowd.
Having photographed Sigur Ros recently, I can say that Caspian was at the whole other end of the spectrum. What they generated from three guitars felt like full wave of sound and I couldn’t help but move with the music as I was shooting. Seeing their passionate performance reminded me of early Deftones performances in the late 90s and that just made me like them even more!
This is a band that you should go see perform live: their energy and movement to the music is something special. They just wrapped their tour with The Appleseed Cast (see additional gallery below) and I hope that they come back this way in 2017. In the meantime, you can check out their short film / new song “Castles High, Marble Bright” at http://caspianmusic.net along with great live footage of them performing.
1. Waking Season
2. Echo and Abyss
3. Some Are White Light
4. Gone in Bloom and Bough
5. Arcs of Command
6. Sad Heart of Mine
7. Ghosts of the Garden City
11. Castles High, Marble Bright
The Appleseed Cast (based out of Lawrence, Kansas) opened the evening with a super-tight eight-song set. Led by the beautifully unique vocals and guitar playing of Christopher Crisci, it was just a special night all around. I recommend listening to Low Level Owl Volumes 1 & 2 – it’s a nice range of their songwriting and you can see where Explosions In The Sky got some of their inspiration from. A link to a live performance of Low Level Owl from 2010 is here.
The Appleseed Cast – Set List
1. Kilgore Trout
2. Cathedral Rings
3. Here We Are (Family in the Hallways)
4. Sunset Drama King
5. Silas’ Knife
6. Forever Longing the Golden Sunsets
7. Fishing the Sky
8. Steps and Numbers