Rolling Stone has premiered The Casket Girls’ new MP3 “Universal Language” from the band’s self-titled EP out April 20, Record Store Day. The Casket Girls’ Elsa Greene said, “‘Universal Language’ nods to the underlying common thread of all that seams and rips the patterns we weave. A metaphor for love and simultaneously war.” The forthcoming EP will be available on vinyl, digitally and cassette. The 12″ vinyl is limited to 500 copies and is beer and mustard swirl with the b-side being an metaphysical etching. The EP is the follow up to The Casket Girls’ critically acclaimed debut album, Sleepwalking, which was released in November. Last week, Spin premiered the video for “Heartless” from the album which is out now on Graveface Records.
The Casket Girls is a new three-piece band hailing from Savannah, GA. Comprised of Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Dreamend) who wrote and played all the song structures, and newcomers, Elsa and Phaedra Greene, who wrote and performed all of the vocals. Their debut, Sleepwalking, was well received for its dark, poppy & dreamy sensibilities. The album received praise from top press outlets including NPR, Paste and The Washington Post, who said Sleepwalking is “creepy cool…add in a genteel fascination with the afterworld, and you’ve got the best album released this year by folks who are possibly undead.” Bust raved, “The Casket Girls’ brand of goth pop is definitely dark, but it’s a perfect mixture of doom and optimism that keeps you hanging on every word.”
The Casket Girls happened – as most things do – by accident. Ryan was visiting his future home, and in walking through one of the city’s 22 squares, he happened upon two girls playing autoharp and singing bizarre songs. He watched from afar, eventually approaching them with the idea for the band. Ryan had been (and still is) obsessed with the Shangri-las, and the sisters personified his desire of a far darker and more complex version of the 60s group.
Less than six months after The Casket Girls’ debut album, Sleepwalking, comes a brand new, five song Self-Titled EP due this Record Store Day (April 20). The songs pick up where they left off on Sleepwalking but there’s a sense of urgency that was not there previously. Perhaps a nod to the songs that will be on their second full-length album coming at the end of 2013.
The Casket Girls Upcoming Shows:
04.26 – Savannah, GA – Graveface Records & Curiosities
04.27 – Athens, GA @ Caldonia Lounge
04.27 – Atlanta, GA @ TBD
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