The Casket Girls will release The Piano Album on October 17 via Graveface Records, but you can preorder it now. And you can check out our exclusive premiere of the album’s first single — the lush, languid, eerie “Sixteen Forever”:
“The idea for The Piano Album was born backstage before a show at BSP in Kingston, New York,” says The Casket Girls’ Elsa Greene. “My sister and I were getting dressed up and applying makeup when Ryan started playing the old piano that lived in the green room, and Fay and I started singing… There was some kind of magic in the air… And the rest was history. The recording of the album accompanied our fantasy of traveling around from piano bar to fancy hotel lobby with our new lounge act, and post partum, lingers in the afterglow of getting back to our roots.”
The Savannah-based band is comprised of Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Dreamend), who writes and plays the song structures, and Elsa and Phaedra Greene, who write and perform the vocals.
The story goes that Ryan was visiting Savannah — his future home — and chanced upon Elsa and Phaedra playing autoharp and singing bizarre songs in one of the city’s iconic squares. Ryan had been (and still is) obsessed with The Shangri-las, and Elsa and Phaedra personified his desire of a far darker and more complex version of the 60s group.
The Piano Album follows up The Casket Girls’ True Love Kills The Fairy Tale and debut Sleepwalking, both available via Graveface Records. If you’re in or on the way to Savannah, you can of course find much of the Graveface catalog at Graveface Records & Curiosities at 5 West 40th Street.
“Sixteen Forever” is also one of the tracks on the Graveface Records Halloween Sampler, which comes with the purchase of a limited edition Graveface shirt. (Other acts on the record include Creepoid, The Marshmallow Ghosts, and Whirr.)
The Casket Girls (Facebook, Twitter) have been praised by NPR, Nylon, Pitchfork, Consequence Of Sound, USA Today, Interview Magazine, eMusic, Bust, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more. The Casket Girls have toured with The Faint, Trust, and Black Moth Super Rainbow, among others. The band made their late night TV debut on Last Call With Carson Daly.