CASPER & THE COOKIES

Casper & the Cookies rejuvenate from successful tour with
Apples in Stereo, prepare for dates with The Icicles and Coyote Bones
Announce first time ever vinyl releases


Casper & the Cookies
"...Theirs was a 40-minute performance of skewed, swirling psych-pop in the Elephant 6 mode, occasionally with a surprisingly heavy edge, that for me took a song or two to fully wrap my head around. The two-boy and girl vocals meshed together perfectly, and the growing crowd responded enthusiastically. Perhaps taking a cue from The Explorers Club, Casper & The Cookies ended with a freakout of their own — the bassist writhing around on the ground during a feedback storm (always a splendid sight) as NeSmith leapt into the crowd and strapped his orange guitar on some woman, who then splayed on the ground herself for a few seconds as the crowd went nuts." –Seattle Weekly

"Faring fabulously was the Apples' opening act Casper & The Cookies. With their caustic lyrics and chipper demeanor ("Sid from Central Park") the false-eyelash-wearing quartet came off smarmily precocious; like someone rolled the entire cast of The Royal Tenenbaums film into one band. But some razor-sharp guitar parts, a few off-kilter harmonies, noisy keyboards, and neatly compact tunes that blossomed with quickly complex bridges ("Kiss a Friend") made Casper best in show." –Philly Inquirer

Casper & the Cookies are finally home from a rowdy run of dates with friends Apples in Stereo, but they won't stay put for long. The Athens, GA delicacies head back out on the road to join forces with another sugary sweet band on the Fanatic roster, The Icicles. Judging from the amount of positive feedback the Cookies got from the last tour, in combination with the buzz that is beginning to build in press and at radio for The Icicles, this tour is destined to be a hot one. Omaha sensation Coyote Bones, one of the newest additions to the Fanatic roster, will also join the Cookies on a couple of dates.

Casper & The Cookies won over audiences across the country as the opening tour support for and Elephant Six founders The Apples in Stereo. With influential magazines like URB, Under The Radar, and CMJ, singing Casper's praises, the bad has become one of the most talked about groups to come out of the Classic City in a few years. Once you get past the tooth achingly sweet name, you'll find that Jason NeSmith (aka Casper Fandango, ex Of Montreal-er and go-to Athens producer) dreams up poppy yet intelligent, thought provoking lyrics. Mix those lyrics with riveting guitar licks, home-made sounds like the slamming of cupboards and the snapping of green beans, and a good helping of the Cookies tight rhythm section (consisting of Casper's wife and bassist Kay Stanton, ex-Glands' drummer Joe Rowe, and guitarist Jim Hicks), and you've got yourself a great recipe for a tasty full-length record (The Optimist's Club), and a satisfying live show.

For all of you vinyl nerds, the Cookies have some exciting news. 2007 will mark the first time ever that the band has had any of its music appear on vinyl, and not one, but four vinyl releases will soon be available. The first will be a currently untitled one-sided 12" with a special silkscreen print on the reverse, to be released by Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records on June 19. The track listing of the EP is set to include new recordings and rearrangements of "Krötenwanderung" and "The Optimist's Credo," as well as new material. This release will be limited to 200 copies, and for the turntable-deficient, the package includes a CD-R version of the record with extra tracks. Happy Happy Birthday To Me's Singles Club is also well under way, and will be releasing a Casper & The Cookies split with Marbles, the solo project by Robert Schneider of The Apples In Stereo.

Next up, Olympia label People In A Position To Know will release a vinyl version of the Casper & The Cookies 2006 release, The Optimist's Club. The record will feature the same track listing as the CD version issue, along with a bonus track, "Stratosphere," and new artwork. This pressing will be limited to 500 copies and will be available July 17. This fall, People In A Position To Know's subscription club will offer up a split 8" release with a Casper track recorded on tour and packaged in a sleeve knitted by bassist Kay Stanton. Limited to 50 copies, hand pressed – get 'em while they last!

Casper & the Cookies tour dates available HERE.

http://www.casperandthecookies.com

[Published on: 4/18/07]

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Comments

jimsan Wed 4/18/2007 11:51AM
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Can someone tell me when it become so damn cool to love a band that no one else loves or even heard of? Are we that desperate for individualism?

DBang Wed 4/18/2007 12:01PM
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jimsan...everybody wants to tread in uncharted waters, or to 'boldly go where no man has been before.' that's why we love all things new or novel (not to mention virgins). in the end, if the music is good, then it's cool love a band that no else has heard of, and if the music sucks, then it sucks...period.

downtownentertainment star Wed 4/18/2007 12:25PM
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This band is awful, just terrible. I saw them in Detroit with Apples in Stereo. I went downstairs and grabbed a beer in the garden bowl until it was safe to go upstairs when Apples went on...Jesus!

mattland Wed 4/18/2007 03:06PM
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mattland

Never heard of this band, but from the picture and the name and the review, I don't think I want to. I mean, who picks "Casper Fandango" as their stage name?

Marcsmall Wed 4/18/2007 03:11PM
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Marcsmall

Huh?

voltard star Thu 4/19/2007 12:14AM
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these guys fucking suck.
a dick in their mouth.
actually i have no clue, but i really really like rays music exchange. and that has shit to do with this article. props to me.
-davy

toestothenose Thu 4/19/2007 09:27AM
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toestothenose

I caught them on the smae tour opening for Apples in Stereo. I thought they were a decent set of music - not amazing by any stretch of the imagination but not as bad as folks have made them out to be here.

Not sure if this will work

http://www.goodiegoodie.com/Gg/assets/galleries/232/big_dsc_0066.jpg



toestothenose Thu 4/19/2007 09:31AM
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toestothenose



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BlatentRipOff Fri 4/20/2007 08:24AM
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i know this band may not be up most your alleys, but i am just as surprised to see them on jambase as you are. however, i am proud of these guys. two of them are my co-workers and they are great guys. i am glad to see that they are getting some good publicity, and i hope that they can prolong their success. they might not be your cup of tea of you are not into the athens, ga music scene, but hey, music is subjective to everyone.

davy_g starstarstarstar Sat 5/12/2007 10:01PM
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just wanted to let it be known to whoever read this article + comments that the ridiculous dick-in-mouth comment above came not from the davy who used to be in this band (me), but from a different davy entirely, one not worthy of the name. casper & co. are fighting the good fight, folks. stop being so damn rude.