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Interview with Rodney at sparklingphotos.de (German)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Nach dem Rewind Easter Fest am letzten Wochenende im belgischen Gent (Review folgt in Kürze) hatten wir noch ein paar kurze Fragen an The Cassandra Complex. Die Band war sehr redselig und beantwortete unsere Fragen öffentlich auf ihrer Facebookseite (auf Englisch) und wir bieten euch hier die deutsche Fassung seiner Antwort, die viele Infos zu den Album- und Tourplanungen von The Cassandra Complex enthält :

http://www.sparklingphotos.de/interviews/2954-interview-mit-rodney-orpheus-the-cassandra-complex-april-2012-rewind-easter-fest

 

 

Rewind Festival review

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

There’s a great review of the Rewind Festival we played at recently over at the Reflections of Darkness website, with some very cool pics. Thanks for giving us 9/10 guys! We will try to make that 10/10 on the next tour! 😉

BIMFest review @ Reflections of Darkness

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

BIMFest was great, thanks to all who came. Extra-special thanks to Emelie from Psy’Aviah for introducing us too! The first review is out already at the Reflections of Darkness blog. Here are the important bits…

Music & Performance
The announcement on the festival website said “THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX will prove they’re still alive and kicking…”. And this wasn’t promised too much. They were indeed very alive and kicking presenting a Goth-rock-wave-electro concert how you with it would be. Just one thing was missing: Volker with his guitar and bass. But also as a trio the band rocked! They did not need any big banners or video screens, how Rodney surprised stated after he was asked by the promoters… he just said on stage “We don’t have a big banner or videos. We don’t need that. We’re THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX!” True, good music, dedicated musicians and an audience willing to party is all you need for a good concert. The setlist contained several true hits. So, we could enjoy ‘What Can I Do for You’, ‘Satisfy Me’ or the heavily requested ‘Moscow Idaho’.

During ‘Twice as good’, two fans entered the stage to give Rodney a hug who was just heavily smiling. He was in a real great mood, having a big smile in his face all over the concert, shaking his hips and shaking hands. Later in the set, he got a piece of paper from a girl in the audience with a music request… ‘Penny Century’. Unfortunately the band could not play this song because “Volker with his bass was missing” but anyway, we got one verse a capella. Great that there are still bands out there good for such spontaneous actions! Of course, THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX had to give an encore which consisted of ‘No Quarter’ and ‘March’. Fantastic show! I loved it a lot.

Setlist
01. What Can I Do For You
02. Datakill
03. Presents
04. God John
05. Twice As Good
06. Bad Faith
07. Second Shot
08. Satisfy Me
09. War against Sleep
10. Moscow Idaho

11. No Quarter
12. March

Rating
Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total: 8.5 / 10

Album Reviews Page

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

We just added a new page of album reviews to the site – there are a couple of Wetware reviews up there now. If you know of any other reviews we can reprint, do let us know!

Sao Paulo review

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Nice review of the Machina festival at Projeto D.Monia. Roughly translated it says:

Finally the long-awaited band Cassandra Complex entered the stage, producing a strong show in a perfect mixture between rock and electronics with a lot of guitars and synth sounds. The performance of singer Rodney Orpheus was memorable as he celebrated with the fans, dancing, playing on the floor, singing a crossover between post-punk and EBM with songs like “Moscow, Idaho”, “War against sleep”, “One Millionth Happy Customer,” “(In Search of) Penny Century,” “Second Shot”, “VALIS” among others. A show that mixed extreme professionalism, charisma and fun. Machinery and emotion to the umpteenth power. A memorable moment for all those who have listened to the tracks in years past … It would be unfair to define a band like Cassandra Complex by way of other artists but imagine Bauhaus meets Krautrock alive and kicking. Excellent, a memorable show.

CX in Sao Paulo 1

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Whitby review

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Got back from Whitby last night, after a long and fun-filled weekend…

Got up early on Friday to finish packing our gear. Poor Volker had to get up at 3.30am to get a plane from Hamburg to Manchester. Andy picked him up there at some ungodly hour while the rest of us hit the road to Whitby. It’s a lovely drive out to there, I love the North Yorkshire moors. We arrived around 12.30, well in advance of the 13.00 load-in time. Unfortunately soundcheck didn’t then start until after 15.00, so we mooched around for a bit at the Pavilion just taking in the vibe.

The PA was very harsh in the mid-range, leading Bob to have to do some serious EQ-ing on the desk, but we got it sounding half-decent. Monitoring was a bit of a pain, but we’ve had worse there too. So we got it all sounding ok and headed off for our hotel in the delightful village of Robin Hood’s Bay to try to get a little sleep before the show. Unfortunately in my room the heating was broken (do we see a pattern here?). This time it was jammed full on, so the place was like a sauna, even with all the windows fully open. I managed to get an hour’s nap, then we headed back to the show.

Got onstage just after 23.00 and I think we rocked out. Felt like a bit of an uphill struggle though, it’s always so hard when we play in the UK. People seemed to really like it, though English Goths don’t tend to jump around much.

We ended up queuing for (not very good) pizza at about 3 in the morning, then headed back to hit the sack.

Next stop: Brazil!

WGT review

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

There’s a great review of the Wave Gothic Treff show at Nemesis To Go

There’s one more band to go. The headliners are due on stage any minute. Suddenly, a backdrop of LEDs blazes into life, as if someone’s tapped a vein of raw electricity. Shadowy figures take up instruments. This is Cassandra Complex, a band with a convoluted past that goes back to the 80s in the UK, and a slightly more recent status as alternative rock heroes in Germany. Like many bands with a lengthy history, Cassandra Complex have gone through many line-up changes and periods of not-doing-much, or only-doing-stuff-in-the-Continenal-scene, to the point where the band’s UK profile has in recent years barely risen above earthworm level. Significantly, while several Cassandra Complex pages exist in various international editions of Wikipedia, the English-language entry is brief, basic – and written in the past tense. Here at the WGT, however, the band members – the original line-up, no less – are hailed as conquering heroes as they emerge from the shadows, with main man Rodney Orpheus recieving his own ovation. And it doesn’t let up from that point forward. The band crank it like good ‘uns, kicking up a driving, thunderous, rhythmic onslaught that sweeps all before it. Curiously, given that in certain quarters Cassandra Complex are hailed as pioneers of EBM, it’s unashamedly guitar-driven music (just in case we haven’t twigged, the guitarist demonstrates a fine repertoire of plank-hero postures throughout the set) that tips its hat to ye olde rock ‘n’ roll even as it eats the big dancefloor beat. Rodney Orpheus himself is obviously revelling in the experience – fronting a pounding behemoth of a band, before a crowd of cheering fans – well, it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, innit? Unashamedly milking the adulation, he strikes messiah poses that would seem downright Spinal Tap-ish were it not for the big grin on his face. He even indulges in some quality crowd surfing, trusting the fans to bear him off into the hinterland of the audience and then return him stagewards just in time for the chorus. It all fits, and it all works: the celebratory atmosphere, the ever-shifting LED array strobing over everything, and the beat that just doesn’t quit – if ever there was a situation where all the threads are pulled together into a glorious whole, we’re witnessing it now.

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