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It's Gonna Change

by Cassavettes

"By taking the Beatles' 'Revolver'-stomp to the saloon and getting it high on jazz in the backroom...Cassavettes mosey away from the same old tear-in-my-beer twang and provide an alternative to alternative-country (Alt-alt-country?)." -Boston Metro
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. The Nadir
6:00 $0.99
2. Debts
3:11 $0.99
3. On Our Own
4:24 $0.99
4. Trouble From The Start
5:36 $0.99
5. Seasons
4:49 $0.99
6. Lightning In A Bottle
9:21 $0.99
7. It's Gonna Be Alright
3:46 $0.99
8. On The Lam
2:36 $0.99
9. The Devil's Arms
4:10 $0.99
10. Set Free
2:40 $0.99
11. Shine A Light
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Album Notes

"Charm to spare." Cassavettes "hangs fragile melodies, gloomy strings, and casually chiming guitar figures over a series of lived-in acoustic shuffles, swampy open-road stompers, and broken-down breakdowns."
-Luke O'Neil, Boston Globe, CD Pick of the Week (December 2006)

Cassavettes has a "talent for playing scratchy indie folk-rock tunes with Texas-size harmonies and complex arrangements."
-Kerry Purcell, Boston Herald

"Deeply-rooted rock with big nasty teeth is the specialty of Cassavettes." On this record, the band has "wrestled a mix of influences from the Band to the Byrds to the MC5 into their own contemporary distillation."
-Will Spitz, The Phoenix

"The music is tight and poppy, rooted in good ole ass kickin’ rock ’n’ roll. The riffs are off-kilter enough so that while it’s radio friendly, it’s not TOO radio friendly — like an Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, and Mojo Nixon love child."
-Kier Byrnes, The Noise Magazine

The cryptic album title to Boston Americana/folk-rock group Cassavettes first full-length, "It's Gonna Change," immediately raises questions.

Well, mostly: What's gonna change?

But after listening song by song, the answer becomes a bit less enigmatic. "It's Gonna Change" is an album filled with metaphors of growth and indecision, love lost and found, and the persistence of time. All the while, it keeps an eye toward history and its vulnerability to be rewritten or forgotten.

For an example of the depth of loss the album explores, follow the trance-inducing country guitar hook in the opening track, "The Nadir," to the first line and listen closely: "I remember the moment my dream died." The song recalls a true story of being caught in the most difficult of decisions, having to choose between advancing a career in the press or compromising the happiness of a family mourning over the sudden loss of their only son. It climaxes with the powerful line: "A man can't plan his legacy/ His course is blind but he follows it/ When my path comes to its end/ I just want to be content with what I did."

On the dynamic falling-out-of-love ballad "Trouble From The Start" the group paints a powerful scene in the opening image: "Somebody's got to swing for this/ Nobody leaves this house tonight unharmed." Anyone who's held onto a relationship longer than their better sense told them they should can relate to the song's overlying theme: "We should have known it all along/ It was trouble from the start."

On the catchy first single, "On Our Own," and the album's boiling closer, "Shine A Light," the band explores the relationship between the political and the personal. In "Shine A Light," the group creates a powerful bipartisan message over an angry guitar riff a la Neil Young: "You know we all bleed the same," before concluding, "If it's always the lesser of two evils, who can we trust to lead us?"

It's these broad yet intimate themes that make "It’s Gonna Change" a dramatic step in the band’s maturity, surpassing the unexpected success of the group's debut EP, "Whitewash The Blues" (2005). Although the album drives home how temporary matters are -- apt to "change" -- its songcraft and widespread themes make it record with a timeless quality.

Recorded at Cambridge’s legendary Hi-N-Dry studio and primarily cut live, the album has a warmth and familiarity uncommon to most modern music. Equal parts folk, rock, and jangly-twang-pop, the record has been accumulating quite the buzz.

The week of the disc's release, The Boston Globe named it the CD Pick of the Week and said the record has "charm to spare" as the band "hangs fragile melodies, gloomy strings, and casually chiming guitar figures over a series of lived-in acoustic shuffles, swampy open-road stompers, and broken-down breakdowns."

Comprised of three Texan expatriates and a native Bostonian, the Americana/folk-rock group Cassavettes weaves a diverse web of influences: from the ragged twang of Neil Young’s "Harvest" to the rich harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel’s "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Critics have yet to label the group's sound – and that’s exactly how the band likes it.

In just over a year, Cassavettes has turned more than a few heads – scooping up “Best Local Band” in the 2006 Boston Phoenix reader’s poll, winning the 2006 Northeastern Battle Of The Bands, and nabbing a 2006 Boston Music Award nod for “Outstanding Americana Act Of The Year.” On the heels of a successful showcase at the 2006 NEMO conference, the band is quickly gaining an enthusiastic following and creating waves that extend far beyond Boston.

The group has dug its talons into the local Boston scene, while voraciously toured New England, the east coast and back to Texas. Meanwhile, they have sold albums worldwide. With the release of "It's Gonna Change," expectations are high for even greater success.

With sturdy and compelling songs, meticulous storytelling, and a bit of southern charm, Cassavettes’ "It’s Gonna Change" is a step out of the ordinary and into the right direction.



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Performer magazine

All of It's Gonna Change will satisfy
Their country leanings seem to carry a Southern authenticity that is often lacking in Northeastern country acts. But in the same way that Texas isn't really part of the South, Cassavettes isn't really country. The same could be said about any of the styles one can pick out in their sound. It's as if they've distilled the geographic qualities of Texas -- on the border, but not across it, familiar, yet close to foreign -- into a musical quality...
If you like the first cut, then it actually isn't going to change - all of It's Gonna Change will satisfy. And it is not a stretch to predict that many will like that first taste and come back for more.


a surprisingly fun piece of Roots-Rock confection
With an easy country shuffle It’s Gonna Change conjures up images of flannel shirts, jeans, and high-top sneakers with a anxious but hopeful youth as kicking about abandoned grain silos littered with broken whiskey bottles and crumpled cans of beer. It is a roots rock album that pulls a page from the Mellencamp and Young songbooks focusing on the struggle to make ends meet and that twitchy state of boredom that is marks those final steps out of the teenage years.

Indie In-Tune

Cassavettes unlike their characters have found a way to take the best of the old
Boston isn’t the town one thinks of when they consider alt- country, though when the Texans came north, meeting the Massachusetts native, The Cassavettes were formed and Boston became an alt-country town. The Cassavettes consisting of Scott Jones (bass and backing vocal), Mike McCullagh (vox, guitar and lap steel), Matt Snow (drums and backing vocals) and Glenn Yoder (vocals, guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica) combine elements of the old and the new. Their sound draws together aspects of the old guard, a jangly country-pop sound taken from the Byrd’s mixing that with the rollicking country-rock of Dylan and The Band. This combined with elements familiar to newer, poppier bands, such as the Counting Crows and The Lemonheads, produces a sound that is both familiar yet new and inventive. This theme of mixing the old with the new carries over into their lyrics as well.


They make me long for some banjos and bluegrass and Americana
Cassavettes are Texas by way of Boston. Furthermore, according to the readers of the Boston Phoenix, this is the best band in Boston. Now, I can't really speak for Boston, having never been to Bean Town, but if these guys were from Columbus, I might just be forced to agree. With some roughness around the edges and some grit in the recording, I can only imagine how great these guys might be live. They've got a sound like a soul-tinged love child of The Avett Brothers and The Old 97's. There's twang and dueling vocals and harmonica, which is just what this blogger needed once winter finally decided to make an appearance in Columbus. They make me long for some banjos and bluegrass and Americana (yes, with a capital f*cking A).

Odeo review

probably the best band ever
These guys are probably the best band ever! Go to www.cassavettesmusic.com for more info.

Ryan's Smashing Life - a Music Weblog in Boston

Cassavettes might be the best band in Boston in 2007.
Well, this is one you should own if you like live rock or independent artists. The band has really poured their musically talented souls into this release. I've seen them play live twice and they are worth listening to on a weekly basis.


i can't stop playing this album in my car
if you're already familiar with cassavettes music, there were a few great surprises to be found on the album full of songs i'm sure you already adore. i loved the intro to "the devil's arms", which people who have never heard the song before will probably be able to tell what i'm talking about as well. if you're in the mood for some upbeat get out of your seat dance music, check out track seven "it's gonna be alright". "on the lam" and "debts" are also really catchy. giving credit to the band's ambition is the 9 1/2 minute song "lightning in a bottle" which i love more and more with each listen. my favorite part of listening to the album for the first time was discovering track 10 "set free", where they incorporate strings and exnay the umsdray. i can only describe it as one of those hauntingly beautiful songs, and every time it comes to an end i wish it was another few minutes longer. definitely give this album a once through and you're bound to find a song to match your mood and keep you coming back for more.