Casual Sweater Tuesday is a funk rock jam band with a funky, groovy, diverse sound. Hailing from the suburban Long Island town known as Massapequa, this band is comprised of three young men who each bring different influences to the table.
Their debut album "Circus Berzerkus!" showcases these influences which range from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish to Primus, Rage Against the Machine, and Jimi Hendrix. While their album displays their studio talent, they have developed a reputation for their live shows, which showcase extended improvisations and jams launched by their short tunes.
Songs like "Path", "Physics Notes", "insulinXcore", and the fan-favorite "White" are fun, funky grooves with slap-bass lines, bouncing funk rhythms, and rocking guitar riffs and solos, all reminiscent of RHCP themselves.
Others like "Get Down with the Groove" and "What?" show the bands harder-rock side as brought to the table by guitarist Justin Lieberman. "What?" contrasts metal guitar riffs with big-band style horns and percussion; an odd but awesome combination. "Groove" goes off into a deep jam and metal breakdown based largely on a completely improvisational jam from a show in their past, including a brief bass solo from bassist Gus Kalin, who's most prominent influences are Les Claypool and Stanley Clarke. The illegitimate child of Mr. Claypool himself may be found in Kalin's "Uncle Remus" a fun break from the musical norm of the album. The whacky bassline mixed with cacaphonistic guitar and vocals make up the song.
The band is currently working towards producing their second album which is set to include a much more complicated writing style and a better use of songs as launch vehicles for long jams in the live setting.
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