A Nashville-based electric guitarist and punk rock poet, Eva Cassel fronts a rock band with her trusty nicotine-patinated Strat, fondly known as “Old Yeller,” in tow. Combined with effortlessly melodic vocals, jazzy chords, and rock and roll attitude, one could call her music the fortunate meeting of Led Zeppelin and Amy Winehouse.
Given Up harkens back to Cassel’s early musical diet of Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder with a gritty guitar tone and funky clavinet. “It started with the riff. I played it over and over, trying to channel my inner Jimmy Page.” Though it’s not obvious from the lyrics, Cassel revealed that the lyrics are a direct address to herself, “I was frustrated with my irresponsible reckless side, wanting it to disappear and be absorbed by my type A side.” Given Up can be heard on all streaming platforms October 22nd, 2021