Casting Curses - Dirt Road EP
Record Label: Panic Records
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Casting Curses are a hardcore quintet born out of Upstate NY, currently residing on Panic Records.
On the double tracked Dirt Road EP, the band prolongs their "by any means necessary" personas with a cutting rage. As the opening track, "Let's Ride" ignites a fairly blistering riff that shimmies down a pole of repetition. But being woven by intricacies is hardly the band's native songwriting battleground: rhythmically addicting and mentally disoriented at the same time, the guitars obey the sturdy symmetry of blitzing drumbeats. Once we reach the middle of crunching madness, lead vocalist Brian Kraus frustratedly resigns, "I've bled enough for ten men...dead men," to the fellow broken minded, the frayed ropes in love and loyalty tug-of-war games.
Flip to the opposite side and you'll be greeted by a cover song attributable to none other than classic 80's psychedelic rock band, Stone Temple Pilots. Casting Curses chose one of STP's most finger-shaking reactionary works, "Sex Type Thing", utilizing the same grimy grunge and flow recipe while adding more of a gravelly kick to the vocals. But Scott Weiland's Southern-styled lacquer cannot be replicated, nor that raunchy sass glittered within STP's music. Weiland's rhinestone decked shoes are hard ones to fill.
And though their sound doesn't offer any eye-opening ventures, Casting Curses at the very least symbolize the notion that bitterness is hardly a playground for scientific matters: it's an art.