“We’re All Going Down” by Cass Clayton Band

This anti-Christian, “holier than thou” anthem presents a new spin on addressing false authority as the lyrics tell a narrative of how a preacher religiously harasses the neighborhood while intoxicated. The track title represents the absence of blame people should take into account for living their non-dogmatic lifestyle. Due to the preacher becoming a hypocrite of their own Judeo-Christian sermons, the sentiment stands that “we’re all going down” because the example of good became evil. Cass Clayton Band infuses instrumental elements from hill country blues only to merge it with powerful, but soulful lyrics. The musical composition and stylistic qualities of this song are eerily similar of Junior Kimbrough‘s song “I Gotta Try You Girl”. From the band tuning up, to the slow intro and even the way the guitar riffs and percussion are played; no one can deny that this artist definitely utilized the American blues style when designing this song.

Photo by Anthony Earl (2019)

I appreciate how this song focuses on the hypocrisy within religion and pressure to follow a specific dogma. It’s refreshing to hear this subject matter being brought to light. Though the emotionally executed singing style is common within the blues genre, the blurred use of diction and the borderline monotonous chorus notes make the message become lost and a struggle to listen to after the first two minutes in. Cass Clayton Band incorporates the organ sporadically in order to keep with the secular theme and critique of the institution of religion. The lead singer’s voice is bold and in your face with a wide variety of vocal range, but I feel the soulful vibes depicted in “We’re All Going Down” appear forced and slightly generic. From listening to some of Taylor Scott Band‘s music, I can see their influence in co-writing the lyrics and usage of mixing genres to help compose this song. In my own opinion, this song sounds too much as an attempt to mimic hill country blues, but the vocals are executed through a sentimental ballad filter. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s not awful either. I encourage everyone to go see for themselves.

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