Caustic Casanova is an American rock band, from Washington, DC, formed in 2005. The band self-released their first album, entitled Old Habits Die Hard, in May 2005, after playing one show at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where the three members attended college. Old Habits Die Hard was followed by Caustic Casanova's Official Moustache of Portuguese Cricket in March 2006, often referred to as simply "Official Moustache" by fans. Both Old Habits Die Hard and Official Moustache were released as homemade CD-R's, quickly sold out, and have been out of print ever since. The band's first studio EP Dichotomies was released in May 2006. Production was limited to a few hundred copies, though the record is widely available online. In April 2008, after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half, the band released Imminent Eminence, a sprawling, 14 song, 72 minute album on their own Mad Love Records imprint. The record has earned generally positive reviews from the indie rock press.
The group is now primarily based in Washington, DC. As of September 2010, the band is currently in the studio recording a follow up record to Imminent Eminence with record producer/indie rock musician J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland.
In Spring 2011 Caustic Casanova announced that their new album will be called "Someday You Will Be Proven Correct." It will be released February 7th, 2012.
In nearly every review of Caustic Casanova's music the band's extremely diverse musical style is emphasized, usually as a positive, but occasionally as a negative. Their catalogue includes everything from sludgy, lengthy metal dirges to sunny indie pop. The band draws heavily on classic rock and blues, early 1990s alternative rock and stoner rock, shoegaze, and post-rock, often combining these influences in a single track. Their lyrics range widely as well - the band has written deeply personal lyrics about love, loss and the personal anxieties of modern existence, but has also covered odd topics like Irish Mythology and Venetian Painter Titian, to name a few. The band is known for their signature heavy riffs, musicianship, extensive use of effects pedals, lengthy songs, and live improvisation.
Michael Wollitz - guitar, vocals,
Francis Beringer - bass guitar, vocals,
Stefanie Zaenker - drums,
All three members have at one point or another contributed keyboards. Zaenker has occasionally sung backing vocals, and Beringer has contributed harmonica. Wollitz has occasionally contributed acoustic guitar.