Monday, April 18, 2011
Case In Theory: Changes EP
When you’re introduced to a band who credits life, art, zombie movies and tacos as their influences (see: Myspace), one must expect a unique blend of styles, genres, and of course, personality.
Friends since high school, Jonathan Posadas (lead vocals/guitar) and Tadeo Ramirez (guitar) began writing songs together in early 2006. By the end of the year Jamin Bracken (drums) and Ben Everett (bass) were both brought on board; the four formed Case In Theory (CIT), three words randomly said by Bracken one night that stuck.
The band’s sound is an infusion of indie-rock and alternative, with climactic choruses and heavy emotion. When talent is ripping at the seams, it’s inevitable that a band like this will catch the ears of music lovers near and far. CIT has expanded their geographical presence throughout California with performances around the Bay Area and in Southern California venues such as the infamous Viper Room in Los Angeles. With a full-length album in the works, CIT promises to be a contender in the big, bad, awesome world of live music.
Available now on iTunes, “Changes” is the band’s second EP and it showcases the variety of styles and represented CIT’s overall sound. The album features “Stand Still,” “Foreign Lands (Day Dream...),” and “Righteous Path.” The band is heavily inspired by the life, love, and everyday lessons of its members. Radio-friendly, “Stand Still,” is a song about the feeling of being scrutinized and judged by others when putting yourself out there.
The artsy, sad song about love is “Foreign Lands (Day Dream...),” tells a story of a two lovers who day dream together, because in reality, the circumstances surrounding their relationship keep them from ever being together.
The darker track on the EP is “Righteous Path.” Guitarist Posadas says, “The lyrics were written at a time where I had a couple of deaths within a year and unfortunately, they were both suicides. So this song is a story about someone that died, but doesn't exactly know they are dead yet.”
There’s no denying that CIT has made a name for themselves in the Bay Area music scene and have developed a strong following. Proponents of the emerging South Bay music scene, the band has played nearly every venue throughout San Jose.
With an overwhelming amount of culture in the Bay Area, it is a fantastic place for art and music. The band often taps into their network of local artists, videographers, directors, and photographers for their projects and to help put San Jose on people’s radars. For photo shoots, the band sports t-shirts from local companies such as iMinusD, Yeoman, Cukui and AMall. Any artwork needed is usually done by local artists.
The band’s first full-length album will surely send them to bigger and better things. They have finished pre-production on the album and recorded 14 songs, although they are aiming for 11 tracks to make the cut to be on the album and they’re producing it themselves.
“We want the songs and the track listing to clearly convey our message, so right now we are working really hard to make them as perfect as we can,” Posadas says. The next few months will be full of “trimming fat and rearranging parts to make sure they're exactly the way we want them.”
You’ll have to wait for a tentative title for the upcoming album, scheduled to be released August/September 2011. Also in the works, CIT just finished their video for Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, where fans, friends, family, and project supporters can donate to the band’s fundraising goal. Keep an eye out on their website and Facebook for how you can help them reach their goal through Kickstarter.
CIT pulls together from a range of influences including MuteMath, Mars Volta, 311, Blind Melon, and Dave Matthews. Similarities can be drawn from a talented pool of bands along the lines of Incubus, Circa Survive, and local long-time favorite Dredg. A comparison to any of the above bands is a testament to their hard work and dedication. CIT is devoted to the art of music-making and one can only be excited for what the future has in store for them: for sure a tour van purchase and nothing short of back to back touring to take over the west coast eclectic music scene.