It is hard to believe that hard rockers The Casanovas have been rocking the fairy city of Melbourne for over a decade now. Now with their new album Reptilian Overlord out there for all to hear the band have delivered another surprise – the title track from the album as a single.
“It is probably the heaviest track on the album,” says Casanovas guitarist Tommy Boyce as we talk about the single. “A lot of the album is hard rock and heavy metal but that one is much more Black Sabbath/Metallica like. It is a bit heavier than the other tracks but that certainly doesn’t mean the rest of the album is lightweight by any stretch of the imagination.
That leads me to ask about the old school raw sound that is very present with the single as well. “I guess it is,” says Boyce after thinking for a moment. “I mean my equipment is all very much old school. I have all this vintage gear and we recorded with Mark Opitz who is an old school AC/DC and Rose Tattoo style producer so that is the kind of vibe that we go for generally. That’s not because I want to be retro that is just the sound that I like.
And if you are wondering where the theme found throughout the single came from, well you can blame Youtube for that. “I got stuck down a rabbit hole of David Icke videos,” says Boyce laughing. “It is not something that I would subscribe to and whether or not you believe his idea that there is some kind of reptilian elite that rules the world from behind the scenes it makes for a good story regardless. That was the inspiration behind the song!”
Reptilian Overlord is out now through Rubber Records.