Cassavetes | Photo by John Vettese
Listen to Cassavetes’ “lost” Key Studio Session, see them at Bourbon and Branch
Philadelphia punk four-piece Cassavetes is parting ways, but not before one final acoustic appearance at Bourbon and Branch. The band, centered around the songwriting of Josh Agran (who’s also played in Paint It Black, Pet Milk and Nothing in the past) released its Oh So Long LP last summer and, as I said at the time, its Fugazi influences shined through as much as its reverence for 90s rock like Soundgarden.
Cassavetes is composed of Agran on guitar and lead vocals, Patrick McCunney (of Kill the Man Questions) on guitar, Jonathan Murphy (of Sore Saints) on drums and Chris Sigda (of Likers) on bass, and back in the winter, the band came into XPN studios to record a set that mixed old songs and new, electric songs and acoustic. The set sounded great – the electric songs packed a massive punch, while the acoustic selections simmered just as intensely – but the band’s show calendar was, at that point, empty.
Flash forward several months, and Cassavetes is playing its first gig since we recorded – but it’s also the band’s final show. Other projects came calling, pulling the various members in different directions, and they decided to part ways. For their farewell, the band has one final show on Thursday, May 21st – and, fitting this session, it’s acoustic. Get a taste of what that will sound like in the acoustic versions of the jangley “Tied Down” and the pained “Goblin” in Cassavetes’ “lost” Key Studio Session below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.