Kasey Anderson done went and got himself into one hell of a pickle, and since then I’ve had a few people ask me my thoughts on it. A little background for those of you who don’t know, Kasey and Romeo were the original contributors I brought on board a few years ago and Kasey was instrumental in helping me setup the two Ninebullet.net showcases we did at SxSW.
When the original Seattle Weekly article was published, I was talking about it with my wife and I said something to the extent of, “While I’m surprised at the scope of the fraud, I’m not surprised Kasey was capable of it.” and my opinion hasn’t really changed too much as the new details have come out.
To fill in a few of the gaps without killing the guy (and I welcome Kasey to defend himself in the comments as SxSW is a drunken mess and my recollections are tainted by that), the big issues, for me, came on the second SxSW showcase we did. It was a 2 day ordeal and he was supposed to play both but played neither. Why? “A better opportunity came up.” was what he told me. True? Who knows. Point is, it showed me Kasey was in it for Kasey and as soon as you weren’t a benefit for him, he was out. This really came into play on day 2 of the showcase….
The venue the showcase was at severely oversold what they had, and it quickly became obvious that morning that there was a better than average chance that this show just wasn’t gonna be able to happen. No sound guy on site and a shit PA that no one knew how to connect or where all the cables required to connect it were. It was a colossal goat fuck and when that fact became horribly obvious, Kasey bailed. Leaving me with all the broken pieces. Two Cow Garage showed up early that day, saw the situation, went back to their hotel and got their acoustic guitars and played an unplugged show while the sound guy, who showed up 2 hours late, set up the PA. In the end, Two Cow rolled in, calmed me down (I was prepared to cancel the showcase) and saved the day. Not that Kasey would have known….shit got hard, he vanished. There was also an incident where he asked a friend of mine to make a video (pro-bono) for his song “Photograph”, but failed to mention that has was getting lots of people to make videos for the song and was gonna have a vote for which one would be the official video.
So there you go. A lot of press has been given to Kasey’s claims of having bipolar disorder and a myriad of other mental issues. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether that’s real or a convenient cover. I’ll be honest, I don’t care. If he’s really sick, I am happy he’s finally getting the care he needs. If it’s a cover, it won’t affect me ‘cause I’ll never have any dealings with the dude in real life again.
All of this brings us to Let The Bloody Moon Rise, the album that Kasey released digitally for a few days before pulling it off the internet . He presold vinyl copies of it as well, but considering the fact that he’s had a six digit civil judgement fall on his head, I’d assume you’re shit out of luck if you were a buyer. Let The Bloody Moon Rise finally saw Kasey abandon that lazy vocal delivery and drop some rock. The end result was everything about the guy’s talent shining. Look, I got my personal issues with Kasey, but 9b is a blog about music not Bryan’s opinions of people, and I have no qualm in saying Let The Bloody Moon Rise should have been Kasey’s coming out party. Instead, it’s a rumor. Save for the few people who managed to grab it on those hours it was available online.
Let The Bloody Moon Rise is an album made by a shady man. Let The Blood Moon Rise is also Essential Listening, and the way I see it, defrauding people of over half a million dollars relinquishes your right to complain about people pirating your album. So here you go, 9b readers: DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE ALBUM
I can’t provide you any links for Kasey as he removed himself from the internet once all this started breaking. Shit got hard….Kasey vanished.