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Casper Skulls Share New Single + Video “Thesis” & Announce New Album “Knows No Kindness” out November 12th via Next Door Records

September 1, 2021
credit Amanda Fotes

Casper Skulls

Share New Single/Video, “Thesis”

Announce New Album: Knows No Kindness – November 12, 2021
Out via Next Door Records

The Toronto-based band, Casper Skulls are today sharing their new single, “Thesis” alongside announcing details of their second album, Knows No Kindness which is set for release on November 12, 2021, via Next Door Records. The new album follows previous support from Stereogum, MTV, Brooklyn Vegan, Billboard, KEXP and more, as well as dates opening for the likes of PUP, Thurston Moore, Speedy Ortiz and Death From Above 1979. “Thesis” arrives with a video directed by vocalist/guitarist, Melanie St-Pierre alongside Paul Los and Nora Burns with animation by Gaia Alari.

The pounding drum beat and crashing cymbals in the distance intensify and burst onto the scene with the jarring guitar riff. Prominent and mighty, the tone sweeps across the ambiance before the ethereal vocal notes join the mix and leave this valuable impression. The vocal delivery oozes such character and the harmonious journey hooks the audience. The lyrics offer this personal, intimate affair that emits this rich emotional influence appreciated by the listener taking the flawless creation in. As the instrumentation travels through these intense peaks,  the flawless voice begins to build and shine amongst the angular, heavier attributes. Casper Skulls capture this real nostalgic effort within their outlook as their vision mirrors an early 00’s indie/alternative/shoegaze power classic.

This complex creation demonstrates the outfit’s expertly crafted sound. Fusing various hooks, tones, and tweaks to form these deep passages, complemented by hypnotic layers of melodic vocals. The track is a testament to the band’s brooding style. Captivating and proudly powerful whilst the atmosphere Casper Skulls has created showcases the darker side, the addictive qualities of the tracks’ formation pulls the audience into the volatile world.

The new track from the quartet presents a change in direction from their previous sound, switching out some of the shoegaze and 90s alt-rock sensibilities and replacing them with more expansive, dreamlike notions cut alongside hints of folk inspired by Neko Case, Neil Young and Gillian Welch. As well as this new sonic approach, Knows No Kindness finds St-Pierre taking on all lead vocals as well as welcoming drummer, Aurora Bangarth to the fold. With “Thesis”, guitarist Neil Bednis and bassist Fraser McClean’s strings glisten where they would have once squealed with the former finding something almost lyrical in his playing, while Bangarth’s drums shuffle where they previously pounded allowing for Melanie’s vocals to harness more clarity.

Knows No Kindness is a deeply personal body of work for the band, in particular St-Pierre who tells stories of her life growing up in small-town Northern Ontario, specifically Sudbury and Massey. In part, “Thesis” arrives as a nod to her high school teacher who encouraged her to find her own voice and style of writing, something that would suit Melanie’s thought process and creative mindset. The track, however, acts as a reflection on the record itself with Melanie taking the opening lines from another song on the album that documents a time when she had to testify in court because she’d witnessed the murder of her best friend’s father who was shot by a neighbor in their backyard.

In high school, I used to write really chaotic essays for my classes,” explains St-Pierre. “I didn’t really follow the structure well because I had too many thoughts about whatever topic was handed to us. The only teacher that got a kick out of this was one of my English teachers, Mr. Dodds. One time he jokingly asked if he was going to receive the abridged thesis. That always stayed with me. Finally, I found myself feeling much more suited to poetry and creative paragraph writing when I was 18, which ultimately bred my songwriting. My introduction into this world was an accidental reading of a Robert Frost poem about 7 years earlier. A recurring theme I latched onto was his depictions of a rural winter. I grew up in similar surroundings which really inspires a lot of my creative work, and for that reason, I thrive artistically in the winter. 

I owe a lot to Mr. Dodds for allowing me to do my thing and find my own creative voice. This song is dedicated to the structurally incapable but artistically driven, and is the album’s abridged thesis.”

Knows No Kindness follows on from the band’s 2016 EP, Lips and Skull and their 2017 debut full-length, Mercy Works. In 2018, Casper Skulls earned a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for “Lingua Franca” before they independently released a new single/video, “O My Enemy,” a fitting transition between Mercy Works and this forthcoming release.

Pre-order Knows No Kindness by Casper Skulls here

Casper Skulls
Knows No Kindness
November 12, 2021
Out via Next Door Records

1. Tommy
2. Thesis
3. Ouija
4. Witness
5. Rose of Jericho
6. Proem
7. Knows No Kindness
8. Monument
9. The Mouth
10. Stay The Same

https://casperskulls.bandcamp.com/

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