Animus Rexx

Trey Anastasio Band Saxophonist

Steps Out With Electro-Funk Dream Team

Debuting New Single “Terminal”

James Casey_photo by Drew Gurian

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist James Casey releases the first music video for his new project, Animus Rexx.

The New York-based musician and producer – who is a member of the Trey Anastasio Band on saxophone, percussion and backup vocals – explores a transient new style of electronic-laced funk in his new endeavor.

“A little over a year ago I decided to start a band with some of my friends from Berklee [College of Music]. At the time I was playing with Trey, Lettuce and Soulive, and I wanted a slightly different outlet for my own musical undertakings. I also wanted to introduce the larger community of music lovers, whom I am blessed to interact with regularly, to a few of my amazing friends,” Casey said recently.

“The idea behind Animus Rexx was to combine two things I really love – live instruments and electronic music – into a cohesive musical experience that takes some of the best parts of both,” he added.

The music video for “Terminal” was recorded April 23, 2014 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. Dani Barbieri of Little Lou productions both filmed and edited the video, which features Casey on sax, vocals and samples, alongside keyboardist Yuki Hirano, guitarist Randy Runyon, bassist Reuben Cainer, and drummer Justin Tyson. The group plans to release a live EP of the Rockwood concert in its entirety.

Animus Rexx returns to Rockwood Music Hall, performing live in concertMonday, Nov. 17 at Stage 2.

Later this month, Casey will help the Trey Anastasio Band kick off their Fall 2014 Tour in Chicago, IL Friday, Nov. 28 at the Aragon Ballroom. Fans of Casey can also watch him perform on Late Night with David Letterman this Thursday, Nov. 13 with pop star Shawn Mendes, where he will take lead on drums and serve as musical director for the national TV performance.

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