Additional Bands: 65daysofstatic , The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: First Unitarian Church
By Marc Snitzer
Caspian’s music is celebratory. Not “We just won the big game! Kiss me, Donna!” celebratory, like a lot of other end-credits-ready post-rock bands; Caspian’s is a much more careful, calculated party. They’re playing with instrumental rock fundamentals, this much is certain, but when the Massachusetts-based band peaks, churns and ebbs — issued clearest on 2012’s Waking Season — it feels like there’s a reason. Like it’s all part of some grander plan. Bassist Chris Friedrich’s passing in August leaves Caspian’s music in a new context. The oblique guitar melodies and distorted chanting in a song like “Gone in Bloom and Bough,” for example, never stray from the gorgeous, but given how well instrumental music lends itself to interpretation, that grander plan can feel an awful lot like we’re celebrating all the stuff we take for granted. Go celebrate it.