Seattle strikes again, and for the second time in a week they are sending us one of their standout indie rock bands. Now six years deep, The Cave Singers are a personnel mutation of Pretty Girls Make Graves’ guitarist Derek Fudesco, Hint Hint’s singer Pete Quirk, Cobra High’s bassist Marty Lund, and Fleet Foxes’ bassist Morgan Henderson. If their supergroup-like resume doesn’t impress you already, maybe their collaborations with producer Colin Stewart (Hot Hot Heat, Destroyer, Black Mountain), and most recently Phil Elk (Built To Spill, Shins, Modest Mouse) will get your attention. The latter actualized the fresh studio project Naomi that dropped on March 5th to widespread critical acclaim.
Arriving somewhere between a smoldering folk attempt, and a relaxed punk rock that dips into anecdotes of addiction, the tribulations of relocation, and higher beings. Emanating the desirable format coming from the resurging Northwest music movement, each introspective ballad stands alone within the extended narrative of a much more important story. Where their sophomore and junior releases Welcome Joy and No Witch navigated the music bars chasing a united sound, this senior release plays like a harmonious collection from a band finally comfortable in their audible outfit. So much so that they are ready to lead the way for the unidentifiable counterpart Quirk sings about and is best represented on the closing track “When The World” with the lyrics, “when the world seems so cold, reach out your hand, I’ll be your man.”
Armed to the teeth with indie dance tracks like “Canopy” and “Have To Pretend” that focus on guitar and drum interplay, and raspy vocal cuts like “It’s a Crime,” The Cave Singers make their second stop on an extended Spring tour in Telluride. Given it is their debut show at Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, plan on the guys to pull out all the stops, deep cuts, and anthemic tunes in the intimate basement venue.
The Cave SIngers, Thu., Mar. 28, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, Telluride 10 p.m.,flymetothemoonsaloon.com