A ISLE of Wight band from the Nineteen Eighties, lately rediscovered, is releasing an album subsequent month.
Formidable punky pop band Cassie minimize quite a few tracks at each native and mainland recording studios within the early ’80s and had actual desires of creating the large time.
That they had a settled line-up of Debbie Barker, Nigel Hayles, Eric Biggs and Hugh Kim Lewis, wrote their very own songs, had native following and got here near gaining a serious report deal.
It by no means occurred. Amazingly, it has now — 36 years after they disbanded.
13 of their tracks, written by their vocalist Debbie and their late guitarist Nigel, are about to be launched on an thrilling new vinyl album known as The Gentle Shines On.
This will likely be obtainable on the American-based Reminder Information label. Will probably be obtainable to buy each on-line and in some British report outlets. All of the tracks will even be obtainable to obtain from many main websites.
Their singer, now referred to as Debbie Cole, like the opposite two surviving members of the band, is happy that their music is about to be loved by a worldwide viewers.
Since these Cassie days, she labored for Capital Radio for 13 years, primarily on their Breakfast Present with Chris Tarrant.
“Once we actually needed this to occur, it wasn’t to be. Now, out of the blue, it is like an surprising present. This makes it much more particular in some way. Once we first acquired the decision from Jeremy Thompson in America, I assumed it was a wind-up. I might additionally grow to be conditioned to anticipate empty guarantees.
“To see these songs that Nigel and I wrote all these years in the past lastly seeing the sunshine of day is so superb. Our music will now be there for everybody to listen to, serving as a testomony to Nigel and what we created. Sadly he’s now not with us however he’ll now dwell on endlessly by this,” mentioned Debbie.
Now when she appears again on the lyrics, they mirror on her life in these instances when she needed to maneuver on and up, which most youngsters of that interval would relate to.
In 2016 Jeremy Thompson, then of Sing Sing Information in America, discovered the by no means launched AKA Information Cassie single from 1982 on YouTube. This featured Falling and Will You. He liked them and after three years he lastly tracked down their drummer Hugh Kim Lewis.
Hugh informed me: “I could not imagine in any case these years that somebody needed to speculate the effort and time into lastly releasing the one. It got here out in Could. After I informed him we truly had an albums price of fabric, he preferred the concept and determined to launch it on his new report label.”
The tracks have been digitally despatched to Brooklyn after which on to Germany, the place Tim Warren re-mastered all the pieces. They have been then despatched again to America to be pressed. The band have been blown away by the improved sound.
Among the tracks, which all additionally characteristic bass participant Eric, have been first recorded on the Island, at Tim Muncaster’s East Cowes studio and at Rod Gammon’s Sound Studio in Brighstone.
The album will now be launched all world wide. They may hardly imagine it when the Japanese launch cowl was despatched to them.
Eager Island music followers will nonetheless keep in mind a number of the different names of the band, earlier than the late Island-born music mogul, Wilf Pine, modified it to Cassie. These embody Excessive Voltage, Black Canine and Flirt.
The probably launch date for the Gentle Shines On album is early December.
Personally, I’m privileged to have been requested to put in writing the sleeve notes.