Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Watch: Casxio

L.A. quartet channels Nile Rodgers, Nick Rhodes and dance the night away

What’s their sound? Funky dance-pop with a sexy scent of yacht rock

What the hell does that mean? Think lots of snappy, New Wave-inspired tunes with melodic, walking bass lines reminiscent of classic Duran Duran and even Level 42 (bass players will know what I’m talking about).

Like both of those bands, Casxio’s primary objective is to make people move. It’s not often a live band can whip up as healthy as dance floor (especially in Los Angeles) as they did at their Metromix showcase at Spaceland.

Is their game tight? They really won me over by handing out free copies of their album “Inside Out” for anyone that wanted to take one. They’re the five best songs I’ve gotten for free in a very long time. In fact, they leap-frog over Duran Duran and go straight for a classic Chic-styled disco groove on “Seventeen.” The quirky afro-funk of “Dance” features keyboards that swirl like Nick Rhodes fronting the Neptunes. Straight up, these guys are the right producer away from being Hall & Oates: The Next Generation. Casxio has got it going on.

I know a band is good when I want their T-shirt. I really want a Casxio T-shirt.