Cassio Monroe have come a long way since selling out local venues in Nashville. They opened for The Wanted and Midnight Red in the spring of 2014 and are currently on tour with Grant Landis. The duo includes Tripp Weir and Jeff Garrison, two friends brought together through a mutual love of music and the desire to make a band. On Saturday night, Cassio Monroe stopped in Phoenix to do a show with Landis at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
The room was filled with young teenage girls, the energy in the air almost tangible as they anxiously awaited for the musicians to step up to the mic. The room was small, but the sound from the band made it feel much larger. High pitched screams exploded from the crowd as the duo known as Cassio Monroe began their set
Starting with a short cover of “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE to get the crowd going, it was clear to see that they felt at ease in front of an audience. The cover was followed by other popular hits including Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” and The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and the room of girls reacted by singing along to every word. Weir and Garrison were interactive with the crowd, taking the time to make easy conversation with fans in between songs.
The last two songs were packed with the most energy, considering that they were the two singles that the band have currently released – “Under the Lights” and “No Guts, No Glory.” Weir’s quick raps combined with Garrison’s high notes concluded the set in an energetic way. Even though most of the fans didn’t know the words to the songs, they still got into the groove of the beat and danced where they sat. The duo played off each other’s skills in a dynamic way. One did not overshadow the other or steal the spotlight. Their voices harmonized well together and it was obvious that the two made a good team.
Apart from the vocals, the instruments were key to the sound that the band produced. Garrison remained on his acoustic guitar for the entire set, while Weir controlled both a small drum set and a synthesizer that worked to amplify their sound. It would’ve been simple for the duo to overdo it on the instruments, possibly in an attempt to make up for the fact that there weren’t other members, but that wasn’t the case. They improvised for the lack of a bassist, keyboardist, full drum set, etc. and they were able to make it work.
The sound of band is crucial to a performance, but a show worth remembering comes from when the musicians make an impression through their personality. Cassio Monroe made a show worth remembering. They came across as friendly people just doing what they love, making them approachable and accessible to fans. Garrison and Weir’s personalities didn’t come through during talk breaks alone, but during songs, too. Weir moves his hands a lot while he raps, often miming what the lyrics are saying. Garrison’s hands are busy strumming a guitar, but his facial expressions tell a story just as well as the lyrics do.
Cassio Monroe will continue touring with Grant Landis in the States until mid-April. The band uploads small summaries of their shows on their YouTube page, including the show in Phoenix (click here to watch it). There are also various covers on their YouTube (my favorite being “Drag Me Down” by One Direction) as well as music videos, live shows and interviews. Learn more information about Cassio Monroe including future tour dates on their website, http://www.cassiomonroe.com/, or by following them on social media:
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