Austria and Italy…



Pure White Speed European tour starts here…


“This lot are in a class of their own”

“Glitteringly gloomy … thrillingly seedy … deliciously creepy”

Next Live Show

25th March 2016

Magasin 4
Avenue du Port 51b,


26 March – Metz (France) –  L’Antre de Manu
27 March – Bern (Swiss) – Reitschule
30 March – Linz (Austria) – Stadtwerkstatt
31 March – Hall in Tirol (Austria)
01 April – Mantova (Italy) – Arci Tom
02 April – Savona (Italy) – Rain Dogs House
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Where can I buy Pure White Speed?

Pure White Speed was released across all major digital platforms on September 11th. You can also download it directly from us via BandCamp. Physical copies are available to order now and will be distributed by Genepool/Universal in the coming weeks.


CDs & LPs


on iTunes

on Google Play

on Amazon


on Spotify

on Apple Music

Also available on 7digital, Akazoo, Anghami, Claromúsica, Deezer, eMusic, Gracenote, Guvera, iHeartRadio, JB Hi Fi, JUKE, KKBox, MediaNet, MixRadio, Neurotic Media,, Rdio, Rhapsody, Saavn, Shazam, Simfy Africa, Slacker, Spinlet, TargetMusic:, VerveLife, WiMP, XBox Music, Yandex.Music, YouTube Music Key & Zvooq.


It’s true. The Cesarians did ban guitars. But only in the beginning. Then along came Budge Magraw. A bassist extraordinare, lending pounding riffs to the rhythm section. And one make of bass above all features on Pure White Speed, the new album from the Cesarians.

Win a Hofner bass here!

“I basically used three different Höfners for the whole album,” says Budge, “a 5000/1 and a couple of 500/1’s. The violins used by the girls are both Höfners too, the same model – Höfner H215 “Stradivari” Series Violins, each with “Karl Höfner Series” bows.

Here, for the first time, is the full album track listing and what Budge plays on each:

1. Post War Blues – Höfner 5000/1 “Deluxe” Violin Bass (Birdseye Maple and Gold Plate)
2. Pure White Speed – ditto
3. This Way – no bass (orchestral)
4. Everything Dies – Höfner 5000/1 “Deluxe” (as above)
5. Control – Höfner 500/1 “v64” Violin Bass (Brunette Burst, with flat wound strings, straight out of the box, and recorded this track the day I got it, shortly before it was pictured with me for the Höfner 2013/14 Catalogue cover)
6. Column – Höfner 5000/1 “Deluxe” (as above)
7. Meltdown – Höfner 500/1 “Contemporary” Violin Bass (black)
8. Woman – ditto
9. She Said – ditto
10. Blunted – ditto
11. Creation theory – ditto
12. Man Quake – ditto


“Since the recording, Höfner made me a signature bass, I met them in Germany to go over the spec, and did some demo videos for their YouTube channel. It’s now known as a Höfner 500/15 Federal Bass “Budge Magraw Signature Edition”. It’s based on an old President bass big body, but with a violin bass neck.”

And now the good people at Höfner are offering this Ignition Violin Bass (signed by the band) as a Kickstarter reward. Click the link below and get your hands on it now.



Sold Out!

All ‘Pure White Speed’ micro-gig tickets (offered on our Kickstarter campaign) have now sold out.

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If you weren’t lucky enough to get one the Cesarians will be giving a rare acoustic appearance in Soho on the 27th August. Details here.

Our limited edition vinyls are going rapidly. A quarter of them have gone in just over two days. Click below to get yours and see what other rewards are being offered.


100 limited edition signed CDs and 50 signed vinyl albums up for grabs…

We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign
and have 100 limited edition signed CDs and 50 signed vinyl albums
as rewards for backing us.


There’ll also be a very limited number of tickets
for an exclusive acoustic ‘micro-gig’
where we will be playing live arrangements of songs
from our forthcoming album – Pure White Speed.

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Find out more and hear our new single ‘Control’ here


Saturday 15th August @ The Shacklewell Arms


The Cesarians – “We are Wrong-rock, We are Odd-pop”…Yes, indeed you are…arthouse Boheme with soul you might say..and legends of East London and beyond for some years now, The Cesarians never fail to satisfy on record and in the live arena. Doubtlessly accessible to fans of Cave, Waits and Cohen , yes..but the ‘twisted sounds of old style decadence’ exemplified by The Cesarians rethinks pre- punk, post- punk, cabaret and the more twisted corners of loungecore too…dark and deviant but always uplifting, revel and reel as brass and strings and keys swingingly, achingly compliment a deft and probing riddim section and all a fabulous foil for the on stage mercurial machinations of singer, seer, sartorial agitator Charlie Finke… as engaging and invigorating a night out as you could wish for. Hackney’s true hip heart.

Snack Family – Buggerbear’s fave rave Beefheart and Morphine and Sonny Rollins informed baritone blues punk jazzer outfit, now augmented with groovy, crazy trashy keys and bleeps…wonderful band…

Jan Noble – former Monkey Island and indeed Cesarians percussionist Jan Noble delivers brain buffeting Britnik poetry- recently performed as music in excellent accord with The Cesarians’ Justine Armitage.…if you dig Ted Hughes, Jack Kerouac or Mark E Smith you’ll like Mr Jan’s work, he delivers it really well with a flavoursome tenor cum baritone, knowingly aloof and with tippertop enunciation too- reminding you that poetry SHOULD be heard….

Retoryka – Jacques Caramac has kicked the Sweet Generation into touch…so this be Retoryka.. A psychedelic shoegaze affair with layered guitar FX, off kilter and esoteric, but always a tip top tune to hum as we know from Jacques C etc… fab guitar sounds here. Also embraces some classic ’60s Sugartown style pop…‘Sunday Morning’ is never far from your thoughts…top tunes.