5GB With Caspian; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Dec 4

Post-rock band Caspian plays The Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow in support of their September release, Waking Season, and it’s a must-see for fans of heavy, ethereal rock with a soft instrumental edge. After numerous European and American tours, the band has opened for Fang Island, Cursive and Minus the Bear, and most recently was named “The Post-Rock Album of the Year” by Spin.com. They remind me a little bit of Austin’s rock darlings, Explosions in the Sky, drawing you into their songs quietly and then climaxing with winding, looping guitars and emotionally driven hooks. You definitely don’t want to miss this. Guitarist Erin Burke-Moran joined us for our 5GB interview series.

What’s the first gig you ever attended?

The first show I ever saw was a band called Plankeye. It was when I was in high school and I was really excited about rock and roll. I still remember moments of that show to this day. I can still see the band rocking out and getting the crowd worked up. I loved the sound of the guitars. The whole thing was inspiring.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?

I think one of my most memorable Caspian shows was in London. We were supporting God is an Astronaut and there was a great turnout. It was just a rather epic moment. We had all the little “this is why we do this” comments before we went on. We took the stage with energy and performed with a great sense of purpose. It felt like we were alive.

What is the best gig you have ever seen?

My favorite show of all time was the first time I saw Muse back in 2004. I had waited three years to see that band and they did not disappoint in any way. There was a group of about 30 friends there with me and we all just had a total blast. We were lost in the music. Those are the best shows.

Gig you would most like to play?
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

I think it would be a huge honor to open for Sigur Ros. They are one of my favorite bands and I know the rest of the guys would say the same. I have definitely had some personal moments with their music. To share the stage with them would certainly be a night to remember. If our boys in Native opened, it would be an all out throwdown.

See Caspian Tuesday, December 4th at Rock and Roll Hotel!

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