Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
3:28 PM 19th April 2021

Halifax Band Casino Rockets Offer A Slice Of Reality

Halifax four-piece Casino Rockets operate within a world of different genres utilising intricate guitar patterns and wall-of-sound synths to create cerebral and animated rock with adistinctive edge. Their debut album, Reality Distortion Field, will be self-released on 21 May 2021, and the first single from the album, Impala is available now on all digital platforms.

Produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission, Jane Weaver) and mastered by Dez Ford (Scenius, The Fossil Collective, Klammer) Reality Distortion Field as the band themselves explain, is an album of “persistence and perspective, a journey from the bleakness of the mundane to the exhilaration of elevation; an adventure between the rock bottom and the summit”.

The band instinctively aim for the unpredictable, something which sees the album career between seismic shifts in rhythm and structure; a philosophy perfectly encapsulated in lead single Impala, which relates a story of tyranny versus vulnerability. Lyrically, the song alternates between the vision of the lion and the impala, and how both can gain equal footing in the game of life; one through power, one through competence of behaviour. As a metaphor of a personal experience of growing up and steering a path, it relates to anyone who has ever known struggle, and the cinematic and dystopian feel of the accompanying video highlights this further.

The album reflects the disparate influences of the band, taking in trip hop and electronica to psychedelia and classic rock. The deviance of the drum patterns in Simpatico; the extraordinary structures of Black & Red which somehow evoke both Pink Floyd and British Sea Power; the psychedelic and mesmerising rhythms of Drive Me to The Dusk; the driving otherworldly sci-fi-isms of Feel Me Now; and the daring and prodigious nature of the closing Kachumber.

They all combine to weave something that could be the result of several contrary bands randomly stitched together but with a sound that defiantly remains that of Casino Rockets.

The new album is released on 21 May 2021 and will be available on download and vinyl.