HE CAVE SINGERS
If every story is a story about love, what of suffering, surrender, and redemption? Life says they're in there too. Along with traffic jams and dishes, jobs and sunsets and spilling all the red wine on the floor. All of it.
Naomi, the fourth record from Northwestern mystics The Cave Singers, is a totem to these things: the every-, any-, all- ways of life. Written over the span of ten months and recorded in one, it bears a new and more expansive production style that captures the live performance energy the band has developed over the past five years. The disc was engineered and produced at Avast Studios in Seattle by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Shins, Modest Mouse). Each song on the album functions like a chapter in a bigger story, addressing themes of the past, exhuming the memories under moonlight. There are songs of addiction, car ownership, fireworks, tree houses, moving to New Mexico, and God, each shifting in all the ways that make life difficult and miraculous, astounding and beautiful.
"The Cave Singers’ members all started in post-punk and hardcore bands like Pretty Girls Make Graves, Hint Hint and Cobra High, which makes their Pacific Northwest brand of rootsy folk-rock worthy of a raised eyebrow. But four albums into a solid career, the Seattle group has long moved past the comparisons, focusing instead on consistently releasing catchy records and delivering exciting live shows. ... While The Cave Singers seem to understand the importance of a good ballad (see: “Evergreens”), they sound most complete when channeling their harder, edgier roots. “It’s a Crime,” one of the grittier tracks on Naomi feels like a throwback to No Witch’s “Black Leaf” or “No Prosecution If We Bail” in the best possible way, grooving and moving alongside Quirk’s attitude-laced yells. Likewise, “Easy Way” and “When the World” are straightforward guitar songs that fall somewhere in between classic Tom Petty and pre-millennium Wilco." --Paste
Freddie and the Aztecs
Bon Scott fronting The Wipers covering the Voidoids catalog. Featuring ex-members of the Cuts, Jim Yoshii Pile-Up, Papercuts, and the Pattern.