Philly has produced a lot of great bands over the years. It's also produced a number of solid bands that had a good run. Such is Cayetana. Cayetana performed a going away show at Union Transfer recently as the band has decided to call it quits. It was a great show, with a lot of emotion and a loving, almost tender crowd there to support the band.
For those who don't know, which is most people, Cayetana is a trio of three women that play indie, punkish rock. Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch formed in 2011, put out a few EPs and full-length albums, and developed a nice local following. They were solid enough to tour in support of a number of bands.
Augusta Koch plays guitar and does the singing. While she doesn't have a beautiful voice, it's a good voice, and her lyrics always felt expressive and emotionally vulnerable. She has a nice stage presence, but given the situation of the band's final performance in front of friends and family, it's kind of hard to judge whether or not this was a "typical" show.
The critics really liked Cayetana, but alas, one of the ladies decided it was time to move to California and pursue other interests. Thus, the demise of the band. But they left a nice little legacy, and some good artistic output to remember them by. I'm sure we'll hear more from them in the future, but maybe not as Cayetana. Want to hear some stuff? Of course you do. The band opened the show at Union Transfer with Mesa and it was a rip-snorting way to get the show up and jumping. Here it is:
I really like this track, too: Scott, Get The Van, I'm Moving. It rocks and it's about a subject that a lot of us have experienced. I dare you to listen to this a few times in a row. It will get stuck in your brain and you'll want more more more. Yeah, it's that good.
It was quite a good show. And like I said earlier, it was a very emotional love-in, both from the band's perspective and from the crowd's. That made the night more special than just seeing another live rock show (which, of course, is always special).
I keep hearing that rock is dead, no one is putting out good music anymore, all the great rock songs have been written, blah blah blah. Hey, here's proof that people saying that are ignorant and wrong. There's a ton of great rock still going in this country, and it's there for the taking at clubs all over this city. If you watch these videos and disagree, well, then you never liked rock in the first place.
One more track, just to prove how smart these ladies are. They covered a fantastic New Order song called Age of Consent. Here's the Cayetana version followed by the original New Order version. They're both good, but I prefer Augusta's lyrical take on it. I also like the more guitar-centric version and less synth-y take by Cayetana. What do you think? Listen and tell me:
And with that, it's goodbye to Cayetana and good luck to these three ladies. Thanks for the songs and memories, and keep going for the gusto.
As for me, I've got a few more live shows to get you caught up on. How can that be? I feel like I've been posting and writing reviews all summer, but I have two shows to write up that I just saw, and I'm on schedule to see a few more before September leaves us. Keep up, kids, life is for living!
Love ya, BRP readers!
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.