Deal Casino has been soundtracking the comeback story of Asbury Park since 2013. A New Jersey beach town that once looked all but lost, after years of economic depression and the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy, Asbury has become the sort of underdog story that people write movies about. Its music scene is proof that there is hope for the future of rock and roll, and Deal Casino is at the center of it.
With 3 out of the 4 band members playing together since they were in elementary school, they might as well be a family. When they found their drummer, the band’s work ethic kicked into high gear. They helped to build a local studio, and worked for recording time to get their first EP done. They spent every waking hour writing and recording and learning. They sharpened their skills on stage playing residencies at every small venue in Asbury Park, and a few in Manhattan and Philadelphia.
Their classic rock influences-Led Zeppelin for guitar tone, The Band for harmonies, Pink Floyd for studio techniques, the Who for melody—have informed every decision in their writing. Process-wise, the band is more like the Grateful Dead, living in a house together where they write and practice daily and they work just to afford to keep their music habit going. Their first record evokes the alt-pop of artists like Oasis and Kings of Leon, but as they prepare to release their second LP, they have moved into bold new sonic territory, evoking psych elements of Tame Impala and the moodier indie sounds of Modest Mouse and The National. They revere classic recording techniques—analog devices, tape, real guitars and real drums, 4 part harmonies—and they embrace electronics, with modular synths everywhere and samples artfully placed in their records and live sets.