Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Where: The Southern
Cost: $12 Advance / $14 Day of Show
About Caveman: You can only go so far on cool points alone. Since Caveman first formed in 2010 they’ve claimed a spot for themselves at the center of the New York music scene, become in-demand DJs, toured the world (sharing stages with The War on Drugs Jeff Tweedy, and Weezer), and gotten love from everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times. Now the band–Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark–is aiming higher.
Caveman is done being an indie rock band playing for indie rock fans alone. They have their sights set on bigger goals, so on their third time around they made their biggest-sounding album yet. It was more work, but worth it. The result is a whole new Caveman: The songs are stronger and more spacious, with carefully constructed melodies and a more judicious use of folksy four-part harmonies and washes of synthesizer pads, leaving more room for Iwanusa’s instantly memorable vocal parts. Iwanusa’s lyrics have also evolved from vaguely sketching a typical twenty-something’s romantic frustrations to examining larger, more broadly existential matters, like figuring out your place in the world.
About Avers: Six piece rock’n’rollers, Avers--who hail from Richmond, Virginia--make the kind of music that goes perfectly with moments of major revelation. Having played with bands like Foo Fighters, Real Estate, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, their self-proclaimed “dark echo rock” comes with a retro familiarity and an edge that will make you see old things in a totally new light. The band, whose six members each represent a different kind of cool friend you probably had in college, use a myriad of instruments and esoteric effects to create an infectious sound. This amalgamation of psych rock, hazy pop, and ethereal shoegaze propelled their debut album Empty Light to #9 in WNRN’s year end listener poll, and acted as the soundtrack to summer conversations with strangers on rooftops everywhere.