Post rock, at it’s best, is hard to define. Commonly, it eschews lyrics, finds a balance between minimalism and layers of instrumentation and eases from symphonic guitar melody to bone-gnawing noise. It casts a wide net sonically and within itself, pulls from many influences. It can be perfect comedown music, analyzed by jazz students, a batter’s walk-on or swayed to by neo-hipppies. If you’re determined to find a post rock band to love, you can find one with some effort. Among the young crew of post rockers, Caspian have found a legion of dedicated fans. The strength of their 2015 album, Dust and Disquiet and two years of touring brought them more fans than ever.
They would down 2016 in Toronto, playing to a packed house at Lee’s Palace. Following the Laws of Post Rock, the stage was in near darkness, punctuated with stabs of strobes. The band’s FOUR guitarists, Philip Jamieson, Calvin Joss, Erin Burke-Moran and Jonny Ashburn, tend to
stick to a specified role within the framework of a song. The effect is a dense layer of arpeggios, throbbing chords, washes of effects and soaring leads. The result is terrifically emotive, which isn’t lost on the audience. The biggest cheer came for the closest thing they have to a hit and a common introduction to Caspian. Arcs of Command weaves between shoegaze and post-rock, melodic throughout. The thunderous rhythm section of drummer, Joe Vickers and bassist, Jani Zubkovs keep it all tight behind the guitars. Gushing with appreciation, the band closed the show with another popular song, the uplifting Castles High, Marble Bright. A perfect song to send happy fans into a cold night.
Caspian are currently supporting Katatonia and return to Toronto on April 17