Rob Ellis, Lou Cotterill, and Jacob Leff— this trio makes up Cassia. Formed in 2016, the band is an afro-calypso indie-rock band whose debut album Replica was recently released on 5 April 2019.
The band describes that the message behind their music is intended to unite audience members and fans alike…in times of unrest and division, lead singer Rob Ellis states that “our music is the antithesis of that.”
The positive vibes and vibrant nature of their newest album is palpable, and their intention to celebrate diversity through their unique sound is perfectly mirrored on Replica.
We had the chance to ask them a couple questions about their newest album and more…
We love your debut album! Can you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
Thanks very much! That’s ace… so we’re a three piece from Macclesfield, right near Manchester. We play afro/calypso inspired indie-rock or something like along those lines.
What are you doing when you’re not making music?
Well that is something we spend a lot of time doing. When we’re not making music for Cassia, we tend to just jam out stuff… we went through a solid blues phase and somehow I think we’ve just hit a new funk phase which is cool. Might even make it into album two, who knows.. kind of Khruangbin inspired I guess.
What does this album mean to you?
Well it’s kind of hard to say really… we’ve pretty much spent all our time creating it in some way for the last few years together, so it means quite a lot. We’re in the middle of it all right now so it might be easier to look back in a couple months or a year. What I think is cool though is because it’s something we made completely together, on our own, we’ve got something that will always be there that is real and physical, that we all share. It’s probably brought the three of us even more close now as mates.
What do you hope fans take away after hearing your music?
There isn’t a particular message that we want fans to take away, there are obviously loads of things twisted into the album that are really important to us but we’ve tried to write it in a way where people can take what they want / need from it. They’re remedy tunes, so if people can feel better about what they’re going through, whatever it is then that’s mint. We don’t want to push agendas on to people in our music because that happens quite a lot nowadays. The music can give people what they need, and it can be different for everyone.
You are scheduled to be touring all around the UK in the coming months…what is your favourite part about performing live?
I think seeing the divide between people go down. You’re stood in front of thousands of people and none of them really know each other but it feels like everyone in the room is united. That’s the amazing thing really that music does, and we’re lucky that we have the opportunity to be part of it.
Who is your musical inspiration?
Got loads really.
Rob: I really dig Paul Simon, especially Rhythm of the Saints right now. Crazy album that, one of my favourites.
Lou: I’ve always loved the Beatles and Jeff Buckley. I remember hearing Grace for the first time and it was just one of those moments you don’t really forget.
Jacob: well my dad grew me up on The Beach Boys, so I love that stuff, it’s just mind-blowing.
What are you looking forward to most in 2019?
Well we’ve got something like 40 or so festivals so can’t wait for that.. and a huge tour at the end of the year, visiting places we’ve never been before so it’ll be awesome.
The band is set to go on tour throughout the year…you can check out tour dates here!
Listen to Replica here…