After a long hiatus from the music scene, a chance meeting while their husbands were jamming in Byron Bay saw Danni Carr (formally Sweet Painted Ladies) and Emilie Owen (formally Melbourne indie/rock band, Luxedo) hatch a plan to rekindle their own desire to play music and set about forming their own band. A conclusion was drawn, a comeback was imminent… Mr Cassidy was formed that day.
‘Emilie and I hadn’t even heard each other play’, says Danni. ‘But by the end of the conversation we decided that we would form a band and storm the country-music circuit’.
A mutual appreciation and passion for bluegrass, country and folk music has bonded these two Byron Bay locals. It’s what they listen to and love and enjoy playing.
Though Mr Cassidy is incomplete without two other very integral players, the backbone, if you will, to this edgy country musical force. Accompanying the musical duo is Emilie’s husband Scott Owen (double bass and vocals) and Fingers Malone (drums).
Having seen overwhelming success with Australian rock group The Living End and with six ARIA awards, one APRA award and seven albums later, when he’s not embarking on a sell-out tour around the nation, Scott demonstrates and offers undeniable musical prowess within the side project that is Mr Cassidy.
Fingers Malone is by no means one to shy away from adding another string to his bow. A creative artist with his own established solo career as a songwriter, performer and producer, Fingers has previously played drums/mpc and synthesisers for Australian blues and roots performer Ash Grunwald and only just recently put his ‘producer’ hat on to turn out Ash Grunwald’s latest album Trouble’s Door. His talents have yet again been put to work, producing Mr Cassidy’s soon-to-be-launched debut EP .
Featuring the man himself, Ash Grunwald, Danni’s exceptionally talented husband, who co-wrote and plays banjo on the title track Mountain Side (which was written over a bowl of muesli one morning and then recorded in their very own home studio that day), Mr Cassidy have set the wheels in motion and their vision to storm the country music circuit is indeed underway – Mountain Side was released yesterday and is available on iTunes and will have it’s official launch early December.
For a sneak preview, you can see Mr Cassidy supporting Ash Grunwald at the SoundLounge at Currumbin tonight.