Photo: Meghan Kearney

The Casket Girls
White Eagle Saloon, Portland, OR
22 June 2016
By: Meghan Kearney


Charmingly, eerie The Casket Girls from Savannah, GA visited Portland’s White Eagle Saloon on the Graveface Records Roadshow along side Stardeath and White Dwarfs and Night School.

In a room full of record label and touring friends, and family, including sisters’ Phaedra and Elsa’s father, the four piece careened through choreographed dances, live drawings, and a darling set featuring tracks from their newly released LP Night Machines.

The sisters bounced between guitar and bass and haunting vocals joined by Graveface Records lead multi-act musician (Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dreamend) Ryan Graveface, donning face-wear resembling a knitted gas mask on keys, and Stardeath’s (and currently Flaming Lips) Matt Duckworth on drums.

The subtle super-group of musicians meshed seamlessly with a fuzzy echoing from equipment that they embraced like champions into the set. Tearing through new tracks brimming with low-fi pop goodness “Tears of a Clown,” “True Believers,” “Walk the Water,” and oldies including “Same Side,” the four piece had the White Eagle entranced.


Photo: Meghan Kearney


Sisters Phaedra and Elsa owned the spotlight of the stage full of staunch lady badassery, enthralling to watch. When they weren’t unfurling their proficient guitar and bass skills, they dropped their instruments to lead with vocals, freeing their hands for jagged choreographed dances, and a live portrait drawing of one another which they later handed down to the audience. At one point they even jumped down to the floor, still singing, to hug all of the members of the audience.

The overall theme of death and haunting worked so well in sound, appearance, and song lyrics with The Casket Girls, bringing their southern, Savannah vibes to Portland’s supposedly most-haunted venue in alluring fashion. Among their dimly lit stage, dark outfits and vibes the whole performance felt like a concept album gone full performance.

Check out more from The Casket Girls and grab a copy of their newest LP The Night Machines here.