Wednesday, March 21, 2012

25 Days of Treefort: The Cave Singers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

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The resurgence of folk instruments and Americana songs has bred a strange musical paradigm: fake authenticity. Bands with good educations who grew up in comfortable suburbs are stripping away the excess of hair spray and effects pedals to play rootsy laments to whiskey and rambling on acoustic guitars and washboards while dressed like extras from The Grapes of Wrath.

Seattle’s The Cave Singers, on the other hand, feel undeniably modern. The band's sparse folk ballads are stripped back from rock excess, but more in the way punk rock was a stripped-back reaction to the excess of Prog rock.

The video for the band’s song "Dancing on Our Graves" features a gritty revival meeting of holy rollers. With a stomping beat and driving minor-key guitar, it makes folk seem almost dystopic, like the band is singing in a cave because it is hiding out there.

The group’s bassist, Derek Fudesco, spent time in legendary NW bands Pretty Girls Make Graves and Murder City Devils, and The Cave Singers carries much of that dark freneticism. It is a sound pointed directly toward the future, one that sets the band apart from the folk resurgence’s attempts to dredge up the past.

You can see The Cave Singers at Treefort Music Fest on Sunday, March 25, at Neurolux from 10-11:15 p.m.

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