Inspired, sometimes even punky covers and soulful originals”

Alan MacInnis - Alienated in Vancouver


Cass King and the Cassettes’ lineup is chock-full of Vancouver music scene veterans. The main songwriters - lead vocalist Cass King and guitarist John Woods - have performed since 2001 as cabaret duo the Wet Spots, and traces of that act’s racy humour can still be heard in Cassettes tracks like “Window Shopping”. Drummer Adrian Buckley is a veteran of the Tomorrows and the Orchid Highway, and currently hits the skins with Star Collector. Bassist Brendan Mooney has been a member of The Paperboys, the Town Pants and Edmonton Block Heater, and is a highly sought-after session player.


Previous events


Saturday Night Dive

The Backstage Lounge , 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

Welcome to SATURDAY NIGHT DIVE, a retro fundraiser for Backstage Lounge. For one night only forget about the Ozone and get out that hairspray. Tonight everything is big. Big hair, big heels, big tunes and big attitudes! Whether it’s the songs mom and dad listened to, stuff you found at the library or god forbid, actually grew up on, YOU are welcome for a fantastic night out with drag/host sensation Peach Cobblah, leaders of burlesque entertainment GEEKENDERS, Groove/Funk band Cass King & the Cassettes, and international retro club DJ, GingerBear!

5th Annual Bowie Ball

The Rickshaw, 254 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Cass and/or The Cassettes have been honoured to be included in this incredible fundraiser for each of the five years since David Bowie passed. Set time this year is around 9, but come early and stay late to hear 13 talented Vancouver bands interpret big bangers and deep cuts from Bowie's immense catalogue.


Naked on the Dance Floor

Cass King and the Cassettes

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“Naked on the Dance Floor” channels the sounds of R&B – informed British postpunk legends like early Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, as well as American garage rock stalwarts like the Mooney Suzuki and the Detroit Cobras. The lead single “Nice Guy” is a contemporary, #metoo era examination of the darker side of those classic, yearning 60s soul tracks where the singer just knows the girl is destined to be his, even if she doesn’t. "Naked" is chock a block with edgy, danceable Motown-inspired shakers, with a couple of smooth ballads thrown in for make-out purposes.

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