Even though Ottawa’s dynamic rock band Cast In Cadence’s second EP “Dead Ringer” was released in January, its four stellar tracks still have us buzzing. Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, this tightly crafted EP features four pieces of pop/rock perfection just ready and waiting for their turn on the radio charts.
“Dead Ringer” marks a towering step on a journey that Cast In Cadence began in 2010, when it was launched as a solo venture for lead vocalist/guitarist Ryan MacIntyre. With the release of its first EP “Serotonin” that same year, the band grew to include Nick Marson (drums), Skyler Radmore (bass/vox) and Adam Traversy (lead guit/vox); this line-up was responsible for the band’s first LP “Vocation” in 2014, and their energy has only grown as they’ve continued through to this recent release.
This history shines throughout “Dead Ringer,” and it’s a vibe that will be familiar to anyone who’s ventured through their back catalogue of endlessly playable tracks. The EP is a perfect showcase for the talent that’s led Cast In Cadence to perform with some of the country’s big names in music (July Talk, Sam Roberts) and claim second place in 88.5’s Big Money Shot in 2014.
Of course, the addition of nearly a decade as well as several band members will cause any band to evolve, and Cast In Cadence is no exception. “Dead Ringer” veers slightly away from the stronger punk/pop edge found in their earlier work, and instead focuses a bit further on their rock tendencies. As a result, this release exhibits a more polished feel without ever losing the energy and passion that has been the heart of the band’s sound since the beginning.
It’s safe to say that the band has truly hit their stride in this wonderfully cohesive rock/pop EP, pairing MacIntyre’s charming vocals with a steady stream of catchy hooks. It’s a seamless blend that just works, and marks this solid collection of tracks with a distinct focus and flow.
There’s just something truly satisfying about music that you just can’t help but sing along to, and “Dead Ringer” will have you doing just that time and time again. See for yourself by checking out this ultra-catchy EP (as well as their other two releases) on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/cast-in-cadence/388014375