Streaking from the Portland skyline like a neon-soaked star, Gold Casio is intent on making you realize that disco didn't die on July 12, 1979. And in their lush, electronically-tinged soundscapes, they will make a believer out of you. The band was drawn initially together within the cavernous halls of a 19th-century church in Portland, Oregon -- a place where they practiced their unholy devotion to disco, electro-funk and dancefloor theatricality. Comprised of brothers Brock Vesvius Cassian and Julius Cassian and musical idolaters Ela Ra and Saint Siris, Gold Casio creates a thrumming synthesis of unctuous synths, warped arpeggiators, distorted vocals and amorphous basslines while completing a series of complicated and mysterious Nu-Disco ceremonies.
The band will release their sophomore EP, "Sinners," on April 20 via Freakout Records. Conceived and produced by the band, the record is free-form disco extravaganza where self-acceptance and love sit comfortably alongside some of the brightest and most entrancing dance music you're likely to hear all year.
On their recent single, "Sinners," they build a frenetic and emotional ode to acceptance and the idea that you don't have to conform to be normal. Why would you want that anyway? Across a dizzying array of elastic synths and a driving electronic thump, the band maps out the path to love and affirmation -- they make the point that sometimes all it takes is a moment of empowerment to understand your place in the world. This reflects in their desire to destroy the concept of social judgement and its lack of tolerance and adherence to a rigid ideology. The song bursts free from the shackles of its disco history, cleaving stereotypes in a thousand pieces and proving that music can be anything and everything to anyone.