For those of you who missed the last train to How Did I Miss This?, check Cassidy Haley’s video for Daylight Breaks, the newest from his independently written and produced 6-song EP Little Boys and Dinosaurs released last August. Lush, emotional and theatrical, the songs on Little Boys and Dinosaurs represent the life of a downtown L.A. recording artist inspired by an upbringing amid San Francisco’s circus and performing arts communities. The video is out there in every good way possible, staying true to Cassidy’s openly queer self...and to his mission: to express himself fully and unabashedly, with hopes that a generation of queers – and anyone who feels ashamed of who they are or are ridiculed by society – will find courage, strength and inspiration to be exactly who they are, without shame or fear. WATCH above.
Aside from his own reality web TV show - "6 Months to Become a Superstar", his own magazine - The Catalyst, and founding Skingraft, an L.A. design house, Cassidy is now hard at work on his first full-length album, and follow-up to Little Boys and Dinosaurs. The Fool, as it is titled, will give fans another taste of his inimitable style, which takes confessional lyrics and classic glam-rock instrumentation and infuses them with electronic undertones. He has explained it to be an electronic rock opera reminiscent of 70’s glam rock and The Who’s 'Tommy,' but with a modern pop reinvention; the love-child of Queen, Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails.
Produced by Anita Hyde, and engineered by Matt Forger (Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'), The Fool features other musicians including former Doobie Brother Chet McCracken, drumming on the album; and Larry John McNally, who has played with bands like The Eagles and Bonnie Raitt. The first single from the new album will be 'Spindle.'
The Fool releases June 15th. Watch for it...and for Cassidy's upcoming video for 'Spindle.' Sources tell me it depicts a fight between a Catholic priest and seven Hindu demon gods over the soul of a scantily clad possessed fellow.
New Photos of Cassidy: Dave Morffy. You're seeing them here, first.