Caspian’s “Hickory ’54” is KEXP’s Song of the Day

By on January 15, 2013


Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, comes from Massachusetts band Caspian. “Hickory ’54″ is an epic cut from the 2012 album Waking Season on Triple Crown.

Caspian had an awesome 2012. While they may not be a household post-rock name yet (unfortunately, only Explosions in the Sky, the Album Leaf, and Sigur Ros have really jumped that hurdle), SPIN called Waking Season the post-rock album of the year, and it received near-universal acclaim all other places. They have a powerful mixture of sounds and techniques that set them apart from other members of the genre. As a foundation, they experiment with east coast folk and Americana, soundtracking the backwoods of Massachusetts with gorgeous layering and clever mixture of noise and harmony. But as the complexity increases, they touch on math rock and experimental prog rock, never reaching the bombast of Explosions in the Sky (which are, to be honest, a bit too much for this writer) and never reaching flatline on the other side of the spectrum. Caspian keep things dreadfully interesting and manage to keep the listener engaged and constantly feeling something new.

“Hickory ’54″ is one of most emotionally charged tracks on Waking Season. Building from a simple stomp and clap at the beginning, the instrumental song explodes into a fury of guitar and drum beyond the reach of words. It’s incredible what emotion and character Caspian conjure up on this track. Images of nature and history and relationship all flash like a photo album slideshow, while the track, bursting at the seams, fills in all of the cracks. It’s hard to say what one mental picture comes to mind when listening to “Hickory ’54″ – so much of it is up to interpretation and truly up to the listener. But in that, Caspian gives us a unique gift. Their music can be appreciated and understood in such a wide array of mediums. “Hickory ’54″ is just one of the many songs on Waking Season that will take you completely away.

Check out the full piece at and listen to “Hickory ’54” here. 

Caspian will be embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in just over a month with support from special guests Junius and Native. See below for all confirmed dates!

Caspian Spring 2013 US Tour:

February 16th @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC*
February 18th @ The Local 662 in St. Petersburg, FL*
February 19th @ The Social in Orlando, FL*
February 20th @ Masquerade in Atlanta, GA*
February 21st @ Siberia in New Orleans, LA*
February 22nd @ Rudyard’s in Houston, TX*
February 23rd @ Red 7 in Austin, TX*
February 24th @ Club Dada in Dallas, TX*
February 26th @ The Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM*
February 27th @ Club Congress in Tucson, AZ*
February 28th @ Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ*
March 1st @ Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA*
March 2nd @ Soda Bar in San Diego, CA^
March 3rd @ Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop 2013) in San Francisco, CA^
March 5th @ Barboza in Seattle, WA^
March 6th @ Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR^
March 8th @ Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, UT^
March 9th @ Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO^
March 11th @ Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence, KS^
March 12th @ 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN^
March 13th @ The High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI^
March 14th @ Subterranean in Chicago, IL^
March 15th @ The Firebird in St. Louis, MO^
March 16th @ Exit/In in Nashville, TN^
March 18th @ The Garrison in Toronto, ON^
March 19th @ Mac’s Bar in Lansing, MI^
March 21st @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH^
March 22nd @ The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA^
March 23rd @ Soundlab in Buffalo, NY^
March 24th @ Signal Kitchen in Burlington, VT^

*- With support from Junius
^- With support from Native


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.