Function: The Hopeless Romantic + Spirited Writer in the Group
Components: Multi-Faceted Band Leader, Comedically Touched, and an IPA Enthusiast
Season: Late Spring accompanied by Gentle Rain Showers
Technique: Songwriting, Poetry, Piano with a Guitar touch.
Tips: If you are looking for your indie darling, let Drunken Logic sweep you off your feet and make you swoon.
Jake Cassman writes out of impulse — because he has no other choice. He followed that impulse when he left an Ivy League school to pursue a career in music, and when he moved to LA after seven successful years in Boston. And it was that impulse that compelled him to write a concept album about the search for sanity and empathy in a fractured America. That’s why Jake founded Drunken Logic, a band that “blend[s] more genres and styles than we have room to list, all in the name of creating an eclectic fast-forward sound that’s shaken up after each track” (Vanyaland). Since then, DL has released three critically acclaimed albums and several award-winning music videos and performed at major events and venues like AT&T Park and First Night Boston — all while demonstrating profound honesty, scathing wit, and musical fearlessness.
Jake’s artistic journey has taken him around the world and back again, with jobs in every corner of the music industry and performances at everything from celebrity galas to improv comedy shows. He’s also participated in grassroots campaigns for automatic voter registration and universal healthcare, and taught songwriting classes to young people trying to find their voices. Despite his busy schedule, Jake still saves time for pickup basketball, urban and rural hiking, and trying new beers based solely on their names.
With each step forward, DL have been careful to give back to their community by supporting progressive causes and hosting music workshops for young people. Drunken Logic donated their song and video “What A Beautiful Morning!” to the 30 Days, 30 Songs project for a Trump-free America, alongside artists like Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. and more. In 2018, Jake returned to his home state of California to release DL’s third record, The Loudness Wars — an unblinking reflection on the forces roiling our country and the people left in their wake. Consistently funny, always honest, and never boring, Drunken Logic is a powder keg of diverse rock music sparked by the American folk tradition — an inspiring and challenging sound defined by the times in which we live.