ARTIST : MAGGIE CASSIDY
ALBUM : LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
RATING : 7.5/10
WORDS : CHRIS PRENATT
Let’s get this straight: this year truly sucks. 2020 is a cursed start to the decade. What was once supposed to be an era of new beginnings has turned into one of our greatest nightmares. COVID-19 has put a wrench in all of our plans, pushing everything we wanted to do this year to the next. While some people have suffered from the pandemic, others have found ways to thrive during these troubling times. One of those groups was the British rock act Maggie Cassidy.
Named after an early, largely autobiographical, Jack Kerouac novel, Maggie Cassidy are a group of fresh, friendly faces who are here to cheer you up during this global pandemic. And the cure to these bad, uncertain times is their debut EP Life Is Beautiful.
Mixing filthy guitar sounds with groovy choruses, the British quintet are quickly showing the world that they are ready to strut their stuff
Clocking in at 18 minutes in length, the five-song EP recorded by Neck Deep’s Seb Barlow is nothing but banger after banger, combining the dirtiness of rock with the energetic edge of pop. Mixing filthy guitar sounds with groovy choruses, the British quintet are quickly showing the world that they are ready to strut their stuff.
“Tell Me Why”, the EP’s killer opening number, is a track that immediately packs a punch before hitting you with a pop melody that would give Broadside a run for their money. The chorus is strong and the riffs are able to be heavy without being too heavy for their pop sound. “Just To Know” follows next, sounding like the odd lovechild of That’s The Spirit era Bring Me The Horizon and All Time Low. While that description feels bizarre, it magically works, and that breakdown strikes firmly, snapping you out of the pop sensibilities that the song radiates. “S.A.D”, which has a cool quarantine shot video, walks on the fine line between the two perviously mentioned genes. The guitars would fit well on rock radio while the vocals soar over the heaviness.
For such a young band, Maggie Cassidy is proving themselves to be one of those bands to keep your ears peeled for
Near the EP’s end, it all starts to slow down with the tune “You Don’t Excite Me”. You would think that with all the hard-hitting raw energy that we got off the last four songs, but this time you are completely fooling yourselves. The nearly three-and-a-half minute long is where vocalist Jamie Coupe shines bright, singing softly over gentle acoustic guitar plucking. It has massive Mayday Parade vibes coming off of it, feeling like “You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds”. “You Don’t Excite Me” might not have the same hard-hitting energy that the past four tracks have, but it still is able to stand out on its own as a beautiful swan song for Life Is Beautiful.
Overall, Life Is Beautiful is simply that, beautiful. For such a young band, Maggie Cassidy is proving themselves to be one of those bands to keep your ears peeled for. While they are still young and are trying to get their footing, the five-piece are indeed showing us that they got a lot to say, and we better damn well listen. And while 2020 could possibly be the worst year ever, little things like Life Is Beautiful give us some tiny rays of hope to shine upon our gloomiest of days, or weeks, or months.