Band Profile: Bethlehem Casuals
Time to properly introduce our headliners!
Bethlehem Casuals is the name and it’s one to look out for.
Their sound is tough to describe so why not let the band do it themselves:
“In the past we’ve been described as groove gremlins, river rats, knob jockeys, mishmash music, ‘too casual’.
These have varying degrees of accuracy, but the main thing that unites us is a casual attitude to life and to music.
Our music is best defined by who’s in the band. We’re an indie/rock band that was infiltrated by a jazz saxophone, a welsh cello and some South American percussive grooves, and that’s essentially what it sounds like. We’re all doing our own thing, but we try our best to weave it together.”
They’re an interesting bunch with endless amounts of humour that doesn’t just translate into their music it seeps into their performance:
“Through habit we now always dress the same: Joe (guitar) has a fantastic range of homemade kaftans, Pip (saxophone) wears matching shorts and uppers at all times, Will our lead singer has a lucky tortoise shell strapped to his back, Awen (cello, vocals) wears a Stuart Little vest she hasn’t taken off since 2003, George (bass) only wears jump suits in secondary colours, Will (different Will, drums) only wears Birkenstock branded products when on stage. Sadly, our percussionist Nas can’t make the gig as he’s starring as Timon in the Lion King, he will be dearly missed. Musically, we’ll try and bring a raucous party that has a few soft spots to make the raucousness feel extra special.”
Bethlehem Casuals have released many a great tune, it takes only one look at their Spotify to know that they’re one of a kind.
What other band do you know that’s written a song about cats? (and no, ‘Smelly Cat’ does not count)
But there’s more to come next year:
“Aside from our constant goals of enlightenment and financial stability, we are very excited to announce we will be releasing a new album in the new year with a cheeky trickle of singles to quench your appetite. The Tragedy of Street Dog tells the tale of a Mancunian pet-gone-rogue who triumphs against evil to bring groove back to the city.”
To round off the introductions, here’s one thing I have learned about the band: always be specific with your questions, otherwise, it may turn out a little something like this…
What drives you as a band?
“Thank you for asking. We have two main vehicles, the Casuwagon, and the Curious Orange. The Casuwagon has the reliability of a Japanese minicab and a heart of gold. It’s carried us through thick and thin and all the way to the Alps and back including a rather close encounter with an Italian cycle track. It’s got our name on the front so give us a hoot if you drive past. The Curious Orange is best seen rather than explained. It is open for tours at all our gigs, please arrive 2hours before the set starts to get the most out of the experience.”
Now, just for this masterpiece of an answer, I urge you all to come and demand a tour of the Curious Orange…
Did I mention they’ve written a song about a cat?