Photo: Naomi Dryden-Smith
Cass Browne has been a working drummer and musician since the age of 12 - playing with Senseless Things, Delakota, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, Patti Smith, Urge Overkill and Penguin Cafe, alongside a vast number of contributors and collaborators on each project.
Since their inception in 2001 Cass has performed as the Gorillaz live drummer (as well as being their animation, script and interview writer) on all concerts, live appearances, radio & TV performances up to & including their Plastic Beach World Tour of 2010.
Alongside Gorillaz he has perform with and alongside Ike Turner, De La Soul, Shaun Ryder, Roots Manuva, Terry Hall (The Specials), Bootie Brown, Martina Topley-Bird and Neneh Cherry, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of The Clash, Tinie Tempah, Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed, D12, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Neneh Cherry, Mark E. Smith, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, MF Doom, Mos Def, Little Dragon, Bashy and Kano, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde, Jeff Wootton & The National Orchestra for Arabic Music.
In September of 2015 Cass re-united with Mark Keds, the singer of his first band Senseless Things in a new group Deadcuts, who’s sophomore album “Hit On All Sixes” is due for release later this year. With Deadcuts, Cass has also performed with Suggs (Madness), Peter Doherty of The Libertines & John Perry (The Only Ones) In March of this year, Senseless Things reformed after 22 years to perform a one-night only sold-out show at The Shepherds Bush Empire – releasing a stand-alone single for the night of “Lost Honey”, gaining considerable airplay.
Since 2009, as a percussionist, Cass has performed with the much-loved Penguin Cafe, appearing at theatres, musical halls and festival across the UK and Europe. This May sees the release of Penguin Cafe’s third and most ambitious album to date, “The Imperfect Sea”.
Cass joined Natal as an artist in January this year. He found the drums to be loud, precise, resonant and expressive. But the Arcadia Acrylic kit he felt was the loudest and is therefore his current number one weapon of choice.