Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stranger To Stranger - Casting Shadows

While I'm at it, here's another 1980s album from Philadelphia, Stranger To Stranger's Casting Shadows from 1984. With a title like Casting Shadows, you probably won't be surprised at the heavy 4A.D. influence in evidence here. Lead singer Gary Eshbaugh is now in the band Rose Parade, but one page of their website is devoted to Stranger To Stranger, from which I have taken the following text:

From 1984 until 1991 Stranger To Stranger produced seven recordings. Stranger To Stranger's music was alternative in its flavor, borrowing from the early Cure and Echo and the Bunneymen. They played clubs and venues from Boston to Virginia, but experienced their greatest success at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. The title song from 1985's The Child in Me experienced particularly heavy airplay on college and commercial stations in that area. Subsequently, record sales in the area were very good and the shows at the 9:30 Club drew a good audience. Recently, an amalgam of The Darkest Dreams and Shatter the Night was produced as a CD by drummer Eric Carlson. That was the impetus for creating this page... I hadn't listened to the material in a very long time. I felt compelled to put up this page so some of our friends could get their hands on some vintage STS in MP3 format. We hope to come up with a good copy of The Child in Me in the not-too-distant future.

Stranger To Stranger was:

  • Gary Eshbaugh - Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards
  • Sean Hopkins - Bass/Vocals (1983-1987)
  • Rand Hanson - Guitar
  • Eric Carlson - Drums/Percussion
  • Steph Lentz - Bass (1988-1992)
The track list for Casting Shadows is:

01 Easter Night
02 Crowded Room
03 In Your Eyes
04 Voices Calling
05 Flux
06 Cry To Dream
07 Evening Opus (Pts 1, 2 & 3)
08 Lonely Winter
09 Wind On Skin

The aforementioned "The Child In Me" came after this album, but I have included it in the archive file as a bonus track because it's simply exquisite. (It's a copy of the file offered on the band website.) In the words of one of my favorite song blogs, it should have been a hit. Get the vinyl rip here or here.


Zal said...

Thanks, I have this on vinyl somewhere, along with "The Darkest Dreams" & the EP w/ "The Child In Me".

There's something very "11pm on a late October night" about this whole album. Kinda hard to describe... just a feeling.

Thanks again, please please please let us know if you ever track down "The Child In Me" (full EP).

Anonymous said...

Although I have the album on vinyl, I would love to get the Casting Shadows tracks on mp3s. Meanwhile, I believe The Child In Me can be downloaded here: