Last night I went to the High Noon Saloon late hoping my arrival would coincide with the exact moment that The Apples In Stereo ascended on the stage. You see, the older I get the less patience I have and the more I pay too much attention to a band’s name, which is exactly the reason for my delayed departure to the venue. Without hearing one note of their music I had already written Casper & The Cookies off as a band that I wouldn’t like.
Upon walking into the High Noon Saloon in the middle of Casper & The Cookies set I was instantly aware of the mistake I had made and wondered how many songs my rush to judgment had cost me. Luckily, the band triumphantly poured through a handful of selections before exiting the stage to a widely impressed crowd. Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Jason NeSmith and Kay Stanton, Casper & The Cookies combine playful and power pop melodies that provided a perfect start to an equally amazing set by The Apples In Stereo.
You may recognize Jason NeSmith as a former member of the glam outfit Of Montreal, and his latest adventure has been praised by other blogs who were smart enough to pay attention since the beginning. I picked up a copy of their latest The Optimist’s Club, and on my second listen including the drive home from the concert; I can say that this is an album worth you checking out. It would be an absolute shame if you didn’t check out their Daytrotter Session, which offers up three free downloads of their material in the typical Daytrotter setting.
What did we learn today kids? We learned not to judge a band by their name and that opening bands like Casper & The Cookies, can definitely set the bar high for those that follow.