Casper Skulls stream debut LP ‘Mercy Works’ via CBC’s First Play

Casper Skulls
Photo by Gabriela Osio Vanden
Casper Skulls
Photo by Gabriela Osio Vanden

Casper Skulls are streaming their debut LP ‘Mercy Works’ via CBC’s First Play, ahead of its release via Buzz Records on November 3rd. The follow up to their ‘Lips & Skull’ EP, the album sees the band make good on their early promise, constituting a collection of songs that approaches a broad collection of influences with a discerning ear and a fierce intensity, creating a sound that CBC describes as one “that manages to transcend it’s guitar rock roots.”

The driving force behind Mercy Works is the band’s irrepressible desire to pursue new ideas and explore the expressive possibilities of the music they make. Reflexively humble, and infectiously enthusiastic, Casper Skulls are a group that see themselves as being at the beginning of their journey, an enticing prospect given the self-assuredness that underpins their debut.

“It’s so exciting to make music when you can explore what you want to explore,” says Bednis. “Where we can go in terms of sound is endless. We’re big ambient music nuts so it’d be great to make an ambient record after this one, or an acoustic album. The goal is to be as freely creative as we can be as four people.”

“We’re really only at the start of being a band,” St-Pierre agrees. “Our records don’t have to move mountains as long as we’re being true to our own ideas. We want to be a slow burning candle.”

‘Mercy Works’ will be released via Buzz Records on November 3rd. It’s available for preorder here

Tracklist

1. Mercy Works
2. You Can Call Me Allocator
3. Lingua Franca
4. What’s That Good For
5. Primeval
6. Colour of the Outside
7. Chicane, OH
8. I Stared at “Moses and the Burning Bush”
9. The Science of Dichotomies
10. Glories
11. Faded Sound

 

In support of the release, the band set off on the road last week, playing US shows with Weaves and Tancred before making a stop at Halifax Pop Expolsion. They will be on tour throughout November in North America, playing further dates with Land of Talk, And The Kids, Partner and Baked. See full details below.

Tour Dates

November 02 – St. Catherine’s, ON @ Warehouse
November 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
November 11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean %
November 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
November 13 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
November 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
November 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville ~
November 23 – Montreal, QC @ Phi Center ^
November 24 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theater ^
November 25 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall ^
+ w/ Weaves
^ w/ Land of Talk
% w/ And The Kids
~ w/ Baked, Bueno