Our songs go together like yin and yang, connecting us all to each other and to the universe, making a perfect, continuous circle.
With the release of their second album, True Love Kills the Fairytale, The Casket Girls have returned with their patented brand of gothic pop. Eclectic, and weird; nonetheless, this album is still approachable and quite good. Producer/writer Ryan Graveface is responsible for the eerie music behind the voices of Elsa and Pheadra Greene. Released on Graveface’s label of the same moniker, this is the sophomore album for the duo. Their first outing, Sleepwalking, was critically acclaimed, paving the way for their latest opus.
With brooding synths, bone-creaking percussion, and harmony-laden vocals, The Casket Girls are muck like the goth girls of the 1980s,yet with a modern and ethereal flair. Lyrically cryptic, The Girls, when asked, state they barely even remember the initial writing of the songs. “Eventually, it came back to us, like a dream. Maybe it was a dream,” said Elsa Greene when we spoke recently. True Love Kills the Fairytale comes across with a welcome, twisted warmth. Spotlight tracks include the album opener, “Same Side”; “Chemical Dizzy,” a song about the chemical reaction of love; the catchy “Ashes and Embers”; and the title track, which speaks of the harsh realities that sometimes come with falling in love.
While the production is sometimes distorted, the vocal melodies are laden with a twisted charm. The CD is done in “mix” form with no gap between the songs, making for a continuous journey. As they are now getting ready for the road, I asked Greene if the Girls enjoy touring. “There’s nothing we enjoy more. The performance aspect of our music, along with the writing and recorded versions of the songs, go together like yin and yang, connecting us all to each other and to the universe, making a perfect, continuous circle.”
They will be heading back into the studio—what they call a “magical experience”—after the tour completes. Said Greene, “We are very excited and intrigued by what it [the studio] may reveal.” Having just finished writing the new songs, the Casket Girls now get to grace the stages of the U.S. | Marc Farr
Experience The Casket Girls live in concert. The duo plays August 6 at The Demo in St. Louis; tickets are $8 adv/$10 dos, with Dreamend to open. Full U.S. tour dates are below.
07.28 | Savannah, GA, Graveface HQ
07.29 | Carboro NC, Cat’s Cardle Backroom
07.30 | Baltimore, Holy Frijoles
07.31 | Kingston NY, BSP Kingston
08.01 | New York, The South Street Seaport
08.02 | Pittsburgh, Club Cafe
08.03 | Cincinnati, MOTR Pub
08.04 | Louisville, Zanzabar
08.05 | Chicago, Subterranean
08.06 | St Louis, The Demo
08.07 | Kansas City, Czar Bar
08.08 | Denver, Lost Lake Lounge
08.10 | Norman OK, The Opolis
08.11 | Austin, The Mohawk
08.12 | Denton TX, Dan’s Silver Leaf
08.13 | Memphis, Hi-Tone Café
08.14 | Nashville, The End
08.15 | Birmingham AL, Bottletree
08.16 | Athens GA, Rooftop