Beggar’s Pitch, the first full-length album by Free Casino is the culmination of a two year journey that finds the band disposing of all musical inhibitions. Formed in 2019 in Rochester, and now residing in Brooklyn, Free Casino dare their audience to grow with them as their songs buckle and weave through every turn.
Presently, the three-piece draws liberally from the angular, playfulness of 90’s alternative rock, as well as the jagged fringes of contemporary post-punk. With a dense interlocking guitar sound married to casual pop sensibility, Free Casino’s unlikely approach on Beggar’s Pitch yields results that are equal parts catchy and abrasive. The lyric-crafting, too, speaks to the emotional range in the group’s writing. Vocalists Jake Denning and Sean Saville trade roles as absurdist narrators, existing at an ironic distance from their caricatures. Wavering from disaffected, to contrition, to plain boredom, the stories told through these lyrics carry a rhythm of their own.
Listeners will find Beggar’s Pitch to be an organic evolution of Free Casino’s sound prior. Tracks like ‘Slam Dunk Highlights’ showcase the band’s ability to heel-turn between contemplative and manic moods. ‘Search Engine,’ on the other hand, forces an incessant urgency, propelling the track to its nerve-wracking climax. The voice of Free Casino on Beggar’s Pitch can never be taken so seriously—but the trio’s range should be.