Grimsby four piece, Casanova are one band that should be on your radar. Anthemic indie guitar pop that surges with sounds of surf and with a strong impulse to write addictive and very catchy tunes, they are a very exciting band indeed. If you like such bands as Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club or Peace, then they are right up your street.
I caught up with lead guitarist of the band, Kirk Wallace, for an exclusive into what’s to come from them in 2014, we chat about the band’s formation and their first year together, plus much, much more.
Can you give us a brief history of how you came together as a band?
Our front man Leon had these tracks which he’d written during a year out after the break up of his previous band. Myself (Kirk, Guitarist) and Tony (Bassist) saw Leon playing on the acoustic scene in Grimsby and approached him about the idea of taking his songs to a full band. We found our first drummer shortly after, and that was the beginnings of what is Casanova.
Describe Casanova in three words or less.
New & Exciting.
How would you describe your sound, for those readers that may have never heard your music before?
It’s always difficult to describe our sound, it’s much easier to show you it! If I had to describe it, however, I would say our sound is a refreshing, guitar led, melodic, quintessentially British sound…. Or something along those lines.
You’re currently in the process of recording some new material. What’s it sounding like and when can we be expecting to hear it?
The new material is sounding very good, but we would say that! We are happy with how it’s turning out, and you can expect to hear it early 2014.
If you only had the choice to pick one song of yours to play, and a cover, which songs would you pick and why?
I, (Kirk), would pick our own song called I’d Go To War For You. The reason why is because I believe it truly represents the sound we are trying to create with Casanova. It has everything in it, it’s catchy, it’s fast, it’s slow and it’s even a bit soppy lyrically! The cover I would choose is easy, Wicked Game by Chris Isaak for no other reason apart from the fact it’s already in the set, and we’ve kind of made it our own and now I love it.
2013 was quite a big year for your band. Having played your first gig together, released your first single, played some gigs around the north of England and received some radio play. Only having formed Casanova in 2013, what have you learned so far from being in this band?
I speak for myself here, but what I’ve learnt is to really try and enjoy Casanova. What I mean by that is we’ve been so tied up in rehearsing before, and making sure things are right in the run up to gigs, then the gig itself just flashes by in an instant. You can get so stressed in the preparations for a gig, you can easily forget to enjoy the whole thing. You just need to relax and have confidence that things will be ok, and have fun.
Any idea when you will be branching out a little more and travelling further south to play gigs in places like Manchester, Liverpool, even Stoke? Or even further to London?
We are in a transitional period at the moment with drummers, we intend to play all those places (as long as they will have us) but it won’t be until the new members have settled in and we’re ready to take the songs to the stage again, towards the end of 2014 is likely.
What’s a show for Casanova normally like?
We’ve had a champagne toast on stage that was a nice little surprise from our front man at our first show. We’ve had technical problems on stage which was interesting, but thankfully didn’t last long. Normally it’s full of friends, a few family and the odd bystander. Our shows are loud and energetic, and often followed by a great night out.
We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
We are also big supporters of new music, we often attend live shows to check out new bands that we’ve heard of online or from other pals. I think Peace were the latest new band to grab our attention, but I’m sure you’re well aware of them by now. I (Kirk) heard a band just today that I really liked, the band is called Gang Of Youths and the song is Evangelists. Also a track called Forever by Vigo Thieves, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on them both, they sound very promising.
What was your highlight of 2013 and what’s next for Casanova in 2014?
Our highlight of 2013 was playing a live session for BBC Introducing on BBC Radio Humberside, just for the reason that it felt like a real step towards what we want to achieve with Casanova. We want our music to be enjoyed by music lovers all round the country, and hopefully play on the big stages some day, and BBC Introducing was like the start of that, and what might be in the future, maybe even 2014.
A special thanks to Casanova for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.