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Listen to Cave People get vulnerable on a bare-boned EP

Cave People | photo courtesy of the artist

Local PA indie rock outfit Cave People just dropped their new EP Salt, recorded by Joe Michelini (of American Trappist) at Berlin Studios. The band announced that all the proceeds collected will help fund Juntos, a Philly-based organization that is fighting for immigrant rights.

“Are You Looking,” is a bare-boned acoustic track that carves out space within itself. Frontman Dave Tomaine’s voice shakes with vulnerability as he echoes the self-conscious titular question. Chiming keyboard notes leave faintly treading footsteps behind a delicate web of fretwork. “Lather” demonstrates a similarly impressive layering of guitar and piano, creating a cinematic taxi-cab-pulling-away-after-dramatic-goodbye vibe. Here is Cave People shrinking, Cave People at their smallest.  Continue reading →

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Get an early listen to Cave People’s upcoming EP Kingfisher

Cave People | photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Smarr Photography | courtesy of the artist
Cave People | photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Smarr Photography | courtesy of the artist

At the beginning of March, Philly indie rock trio Cave People released “Wait,” off of their upcoming EP Kingfisher, which is set to drop April 6th on Stereophondon Records. For an early listen, check the YouTube video down below to stream the entire 11-minute EP. It’s comprised of “Try,” “Wait,” “Mouth,” and “Fair,” and man, it’s worth a listen.

Opener “Try” is an especially heavy one, due to lead singer Dave Tomaine’s haunting vocals. You’ve already heard the wistful “Wait”; it has a steady upbeat melody that contrasts the emotional lyrics. “Mouth” has a similar feel to “Try,” but slower, and with an intense aura of detachment. Closing track “Fair” takes a more aggressive approach with its steadfast grunge guitar riffs. Continue reading →

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Cave People release the wistful “Wait” ahead of new EP

Cave People | photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Smarr | courtesy of the artist

Last week Philly alternative trio Cave People, helmed by Dave Tomaine, released “Wait,” the first track off their upcoming EP Kingfisher, out April 6th on Stereophondon Records.

“Wait” is wistfully beautiful track. Tomaine’s melancholic vocals combine with swelling and atmospheric keys to create an aura of loneliness. Shouts in the background of the track’s closing minute sound like a huge release of emotion – an overdue cry or a cathartic yell. The track’s pure emotions alone have me excited for the remaining three tracks off the EP. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Cave People returns with “Hands,” the first single from Sinning Tree

Cave People | photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Smarr Photography | courtesy of the artist
Cave People | photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Smarr Photography | courtesy of the artist

After making its debut back in 2014 with the EP Older, Philadelphia indie rock outfit Cave People returns this month with its first full length record, Sinning Tree. It comes out October 28th on Stereophonodon Records, the local tape label that has also released music by lowercase roses, Hurry and more.

Cave People is very much a family affair — a group of artists and friends with roots in Northeast Pennsylvania who made their way to Philly over the years  to make music. Continue reading →

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Go through Cave People’s home movies on the new “Brace” video

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

We see flickery VHS footage of cats, puzzles, brick walls and David Tomaine strumming his guitar in the new video from Scranton transplants Cave People. The band released its debut EP on Tuesday via Stereophonodon Records and dropped a video for the single “Brace,” directed by Matt Schimelfenig of Three Man Cannon. It has a look like Tomaine and Schimelfenig went through a box of old home movies to compile source material, feeling at once nostalgic, surreal and DIY, a sweet compliment to Tomaine’s languid and jangling emo / punk.

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Discover the smooth, solemn punk-folk of Scranton transplant Cave People in “Cluster”

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

Scranton transplant Cave People announced this week that they will be releasing their debut EP Older on December 9th via their new label, Stereophonodon Records. In addition to the EP announcement, Cave People is also streaming “Cluster”, the first track off of Older via Stereogum. Singer/songwriter David Tomaine, the artist behind Cave People, creates a smooth, solemn folk track with tinges of punk rock coloring it nicely. Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten cover Nick Cave’s “People Ain’t No Good” (opening for Nick Cave at The Keswick on 3/19)

When she was in Australia back in the fall, Sharon Van Etten visited Triple-J Radio to record a cover of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds‘ pensive ballad “People Ain’t No Good” for their Like a Version series. The song comes from the 1997 album The Boatman’s Call, and in her chat with the DJs, SVE reveals that her current tour opening Cave tour came as a literal surprise. “My booking agent did it without asking,” the obviously humbled and somewhat nervous siger said. It’s an incredible pairing – one we’re ecstatic to see when it comes to The Keswick Theater on March 19th. For tickets and information, visit WXPN’s concert calendar here. Below, watch SVE’s cover of “People Ain’t No Good.”

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Live from The Cave with Second Womb

Second Womb | photo courtesy of the artist
Second Womb | photo courtesy of the artist

One of the most important things to do as an upcoming artist is to stay consistent no matter what. There will be trials and tribulations that make some feel alone at times, and feel like praying for the perseverance to not quit, but one’s self-confidence makes them refute the idea of giving up. That type of consistency allows the craft to be perfected, more work to be displayed and a hunger for success to constantly expands. This type of consistency can be seen by Jersey’s duo Dookie Brown, an MC, and Father Earth, a producer, collectively known as Second Womb. I recently got the opportunity to speak with Dookie Brown about the Garden State hip hop duo’s beginning, work ethic and their latest EP Live From The Cave Vol: 19.    Continue reading →

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Stop what you’re doing and listen to this intense new song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

If there was any uncertainty about the tone Nick Cave would take on his latest outing with The Bad Seeds, lay all that to rest. It is heavy, it is intense, it will send shivers down your spine, moreso than ever.

Cave and his longtime band release their latest album, Skeleton Tree, on Friday the 9th of September. The day before, he previews the album with a series of global screenings of a companion documentary, One More Time With Feeling. It screens locally at the Ritz Five on Thursday, September 8th, and tickets are available here.

Today, the first song from the record made its way into the world; “Jesus Alone” is a chilling, meditative tapestry of instrumental drone and spectral minimalism with Cave’s voice and words in the forefront. Continue reading →