Case Work began as a solo project for Saskatchewan songwriter Chandler Strang in early 2014, cycling through various guitarists before landing on the current lineup this spring: Strang (guitar/vocals), Kyle Harms (drums), Greyson Charnock (guitar) and Hogan Birney (bass). Although they have yet to release an official debut, the band's Soundcloud and blog traction have built an audience already in eager anticipation for the eventual release. For now, the guys, who met through mutual friends (and mutual respect) and Strang jokes are his dreamy indie boy band, continue crafting bouncy indie pop. For their session at North Avenue Studios' awesome live music video series Off the Avenue, they performed new songs "Dancing Shadows" (below) and "Slow Down" (above).
Orlando Weekly: Who is the best band you've seen perform live?
Birney: Hundred Waters put on a really incredible performance a few weeks ago at the Social. Their use of projectors as lasers was pretty insane and rad to experience. Also,, they were on point vocally and instrumentally.
Charnock: Bright Light Social Hour has one of the best live performances I can think of right now. They are truly great performers.
Strang: Probably Snoop Dogg at the Citrus Bowl and Warpaint circa 2010 at Backbooth. Each were very different obviously.
What do you think is an important quality of a live performance?
Charnock: Camaraderie on stage ... and reactivity
Birney: Energy from the crowd
Strang: Yeah, crowd response.
What’s the best story you’ve got about a piece of gear you play with?
Birney: My bass cab was mislabeled and in the used section, even though it was brand new; they had to sell it to me for that price. Yes!
Charnock: My guitar is less than two years old, but it's extremely rusted out on the bridge because I sweat gallon ... but, hey, people pay more for that tour-worn look.
Strang: I got all my stuff on Craigslist, and none of the transactions were interesting at all.
What upcoming Orlando shows are you looking forward to?
Charnock: [Case Work] plays July 24 at Will's Pub with Day Joy! And Aug. 29 at the Social with Bellows, Swimm, Reptar and New Madrid ... that is a huge bill.
What’s your favorite Orlando venue to perform in?
Birney: The Social; the stage sound is usually great, which is a big part of really getting into the show.
Strang: Agreed. Although Will’s in my home spot. The Space - while being super hot and lacking any consistent sound system - also has its special thing.
Explain the meaning behind one of your songs.
Strang: I started making Case Work songs to soundtrack videos for Parenting Magazine, so I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of a mother singing to her kid. “With You” for instance is about a parent’s life being enhanced by the birth of their child. Pretty cute, I know.
What local Orlando band deserves more attention?
Birney: Case Work ... JK LOL
Charnock: Bellows JK LOL
Strang: Saskatchewan JK ROFL OMG.
What album have you listened to more than any other album?
Charnock: Quiet Light from Roadkill Ghost Choir.
Strang: Michael McDonald’s If That’s What It Takes. "I Keeping Forgettin'," of course.
What’s the first album you remember really treasuring?
Birney: Hootie & the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View. I would listen to it in my yellow walkman that was in a backpack while I mowed the lawn as a kid. Don’t even know how much I liked the music, just remember it being so rad to have a CD player in a backpack while I was mowing for an hour.
Charnock: Kris Kross! I was really into hip hop and R&B as a youngin'. I feel really influenced by those sort of “vocal flows” and beats.
Strang: I liked DC Talk when I was a kid. I was conditioned.
Strang at North Avenue Studios
What the fuck is wrong with the music industry?
Strang: “Artists” like Lorde.
It's not all bad, though, what are you loving most in music right now?
Birney: I am listening to a lot of bands with chick singers right now. Not sure why, maybe because I wish they would sing me to sleep. Wye Oak, Wilsen, Purity Ring, London Grammar, to name a few.
Charnock: So many of my friends have been making great music lately, its hard to listen to anything else.
Strang: I’ve been listening to electronic music, mostly. Cyril Hahn, FKA Twigs, TCTS.
What’s the best live music video you’ve seen?
Strang: Anything by Dirty Loops. They are ridiculously good musicians.
Charnock: The Soil and the Sun.
Or anything by Snarky Puppy.