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Great Caesar

Brooklyn rock sextet Great Caesar shares music video for 'Hey Mama' off new EP

Just a week after releasing its sophomore EP ‘Jackson’s Big Sky,’ steadily rising Brooklyn rock sextet Great Caesar now shares the achingly sublime music video (streaming below) for the track “Hey Mama." Showing the bandmembers singing the pining lyrics to the horn-blasted song in an abandoned warehouse that oozes an odd liquid, the crisp black-and-white clip conjures a creepy, almost Lynchian aura. Talking to Earmilk, Great Caesar frontman John-Michael Parker explains that the song does, in fact, tackle “disappointment and unfulfilled expectations, and the creeping anxiety of knowing you’ve done wrong by someone you love.” With his impassioned vocals and his bandmates’ wondrous playing, though, an undeniable warmth and hope for interpersonal reconciliation ultimately comes through. While Great Caesar doesn’t seem to have upcoming shows currently listed, keep posted on its Facebook page for future announcements. – Zach Weg 


NYC bands taking off: Great Caesar ends tour + releases new EP at The Knit on 10.04

Brooklyn's folk rockers Great Caesar absolutely floored us at our latest NYC B.E.A.F. Fest's Rootsy stage, with a performance full of emotion and dynamism at once. The band had a great 2014 so far - and it's not over yet: their video for single 'Don't Ask Me Why', unveiled in January (streaming), got an astonishing 250k plays on Youtube, and, after being included in our Year End Best NYC Emerging Bands list, the group spent September touring the US. Without wasting any time, they are now ready to celebrate the release of a new EP at The Knit on October 4. This kind of hard work is what it takes to go places in the band business.


Tonight's Deli B.E.A.F./Northside show: Rootsy Stage at Spike Hill

Yo suckers, tomorrow's show is for lovers, come out with your favorite person(s) and get them drunk to these lovely tunes!

Weekly Feature: Great Caesar - live at The Edison Ballroom on 10.31

The six members of Great Caesar, a big band with brass to spare, are tristate area connoisseurs. They hail from Connecticut, they've recently re-located to Brooklyn, and their recent release 'Scattered Air' was recorded with Eric Bennett (credentials include Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson & the Cans) in New Jersey. Great Caesar talks to us about crowds in New York versus Connecticut and the "vast universe" that is the Brooklyn music scene. See them live at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on 10.31.
LINK: Corinne Bagish's interview with Great Caesar.


Great Caesar premieres song from upcoming EP, out on CMJ week

You never know what you’re going to get with Great Caesar. A band that got their start generating ska anthems and jazz-inspired rock fusion, they’ve since moved in the direction of the Big Rock Star Anthem. These days, whenever I’m handed a new release, I never know what kind of Great Caesar I’m going to get. But each new release seems to signal a new depth to songwriting, a new risk, and a sharper pull toward a honest confession. New single ‘Tuned to Break’ finds the band shrugging off heartbreak, replacing cold rejection with overpowering harmonies. It’s a big moment for the group, and captured nicely in the high-def acoustic video of the tune recorded live from their friend Ellis’ apartment (he’s a good dood). The song will appear on the band’s upcoming EP release, ‘Scattered Air.’ Check it out below and see the gents live when they play Spike Hill this Saturday, September 29th. - Mike Levine


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