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Thursday, 15 March 2012



15 years after the release of their million-selling debut album, Cast are back!
Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded guitar bands of the time, The La’s and Shack, Cast released four albums (three of them top 10), and had ten top 10 singles ,The second album also went platinum.

During that time, Noel Gallagher described watching the band as “a religious experience”, and at release ‘All Change’ was the biggest selling album of all time for Polydor.
A decade later, and the original line-up of John Power (guitar/ vocals), Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson (lead guitar), Pete Wilkinson (bass) and Keith O’Neill (drums) have reunited with original producer John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall) for ‘Troubled Times’.

John Power says of the reformation:
‘Getting back with the band and working with John Leckie again after all these years apart was just how I envisioned it when I started writing the songs for this album. Then it was all about putting into words what it was I was feeling, about all the things I was seeing all around me and troubled times is what we found’

Based on recent reviews, it would appear Cast’s 5th studio album (and their first in 10 years) still have what it takes to record a great album.

AU Magazine: “A mighty return to form and a must-have if you like your pop thoughtful, tense and energetic and guitars that strum like rope-burns.”

Q:  “Recalls the group’s first principles while adding more seasoned folk-rock shades and harmonising”

Uncut:  “Cast retain their souped-up skiffle band charm”

NME: “contains a dozen super-straight-ahead guitar-pop songs that are bright, breezily likeable and pretty undeniably full of life.”

They still have a deserved cult following which is probably why tickets to their upcoming tour this Spring have been selling fast! 

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