Monthly Archives: October 2010

FEB011: “Someone’s Always Dying To Break My Heart” by The Cavemen Go

Hailing from New Haven, Conn., Boston, Mass. and Brooklyn, NY, The Cavemen Go have kept going through more than a half decade; through countless shows at clubs, bars, cafes and festivals. Through it all, they’ve come to be recognized as one of the finest pop bands in the Northeastern United States, consistently solid in songcraft and performance, constantly growing and honing their sound to an ever-sharper point.

Even from the time The Cavemen Go first emerged as a duo (singer/guitarist Jeremy Sage and drummer Bob Breychak) in 2003 during the fertile days of the New Haven garage-pop mini-explosion, the band was markedly distinct from their peers. Sage’s songwriting channeled the no-frills, hook-heavy sounds of early rock’n’roll without coming off as self-consciously retro. His lyrics and singing conveyed an unabashedly-hopeful romanticism, but the kind tempered with dry wit and emotional ambiguity. Those creative tendencies have remained as The Cavemen Go have pushed forward, adding keyboardist/vocalist Emily McMinn and bassist/vocalist Brian LaRue.

The Brill Building/British Invasion/Motown influences are still there, as are nods to the poppier end of contemporary indie rock, and even shades of country and folk-rock. Their songs are simultaneously modern and classic, nuanced and efficient. They don’t play throwback pop — what they play is timeless.

In July 2009, The Cavemen Go released their first full length record, “New Lives,” showcasing the band’s punchiest, most urgent melodies to date. Now, it is happening
With the opening line to their new single, “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart,” The Cavemen Go announce their intention to continue where they left off: Writing and performing with an attitude that great songs matter.

RIYL: Elvis Costello, The Kinks, Ben Lee, The Cars, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

From Beehive Candy blog:

Reminds us of listening to British sixties offshore radio stations like Radio Caroline (yes of course we were to young – obviously hmmm) and yet it switches to a modern feel so I guess in some ways that makes it kind of timeless, enjoy these people, they are good!”

From Beer and Bands blog:

… the bottom line is this, if you like artists like Elvis Costello (lyrics and music), and The Kinks, ’60s pop, harmonies and modern indie rock, and you’d like all this to also sound like something new, then this is definitely a record that would only enhance your record shelf.

EDIT: Nov. 3, 2010: Short review on Hartford Courant’s Sound Check blog:

New Haven(/Boston/New York) trio the Cavemen Go is ready with “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart,” a bouncy, uptempo song with jangling guitar and an urgent bass line. The band officially releases the song, b/w the slower, slinkier tune “Andrea,” when it performs Nov. 20 at Cafe Nine. The single will also be available via Bandcamp Nov. 21, or you can pre-order it here.

EDIT: Nov. 4, 2010: Short review on Surviving The Golden Age:

The singles a-side is “Someone’s Always Dying To Break My Heart”. The energetic pop song screams summer day even though the weather here in CT has taken a turn for the winter.

EDIT: Nov. 18, 2010: The Cavemen Go make a mix for The New Haven Register:

The Cavemen Go are no strangers to the fertile music scene here in New Haven. Emerging as a two-man band in 2003, the group has grown up and established themselves as one of the most memorable rock groups in New England thanks to their glowing perfection of pop hooks and indie soul. With a handful of excellent releases under the belt, their latest single “Someone’s Always Dying To Break My Heart” comes out Nov. 20.

EDIT: Dec. 7, 2010: Mention on Fighting Tinnitus: “… garage-pop gem …”

FEB012: “Paw Meds/Mary, All The Time” by The Inclined Plane

February Records and Popular Wallpaper Recordings announce the co-release of a limited-edition 7” vinyl single, “Paw Meds/Mary, All The Time” (FEB012/PWR008), from Hartford, Conn., psych-pop outfit, The Inclined Plane.

The Inclined Plane continues to believe that age-old diet of vacuum tubes and mondegreens is the secret to writing classic psych-pop. Their lo-fi carousel of catchy hooks and melodic fun is a dizzy joyride spinning on the circle of fifths. From noisy ’60s psychedelia and harmony-rich folk, to kraut drones and detuned ’90s guitar jangles, a carefully-selected rack of spices finds its way into The Inclined Plane’s confections.

They have self-released three EPs — “Gestalt Pump” (2006), “The Bit Intuit” (2007) and “Nonpareils” (2007) — each in limited runs in handmade packaging (featuring the artwork of John Tieman) on their own Popular Wallpaper Recordings label. In 2009 came the proper full-length, “I Am Pants,” which found them expanding their songwriting palette and distilling their unique brand of ambitious home recording into 10 golden, mixtape-ready pop singles. Now comes the “Paw Meds/Mary, All the Time” 7-inch single. Co-released with Popular Wallpaper Recordings, this hand-numbered, limited-run of 200 records contains two more brand new reverb-soaked nuggets.

RIYL: Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500, The Clean, The Zombies

From the New Haven Advocate:

Sometimes delicate, sometimes assertively pounding, the band grabs hold of so many classic indie-pop signposts (jangly guitars, buzzing organs, white noise, and, most importantly, catchy melodies that shine through it all), it’s clear they understand the ’80s progenitors of the subgenre and also the early ’60s records those bands were referencing.


… even though their sound is tamer, their songwriting is definitely much better now; the most appropriate (albeit obscure) comparison is the Mezzanines, but other obvious reference points include the Gerbils, the Velvet Underground and Pavement’s slower moments.


Hartford, CT’s The Inclined Plane aren’t necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel nor are they pretending to write the future with their debut effort “I Am Pants.” They are, however, very interested in staking their claim as New England’s most promising psyche-pop outfit.

From Sugar Sours blog:

… if you’re looking to fill that slower-tempo lo-fi hole in your life, I’d recommend checking [The Inclined Plane] out. From the sounds of it, “I Am Pants” is going to be what you want to listen to late at night when the party’s dwindling but no one wants to go home, so you sit on the couch and look through old photo albums.

EDIT: Nov. 1, 2010: Review on A Layer of Chips blog:

The new single ‘Paw Meds’/’Mary all the Time’ is the very essence of autumn; it’s a warm, fuzzy slice of pop that instantly banishes any blues you might have about Things and Stuff in a huge pop explosion. And that’s hyperbole! You might want to compare Inclined Plane to bands such as Specific Heats, who also make this kind of pop music seem so effortless. You might, because the two bands seem to share a sense of the ridiculousness of pop, and what makes it bright and sparkly when everything else around you is the most beige.

EDIT: Nov. 3, 2010: Short review on Hartford Courant’s Sound Check blog:

“Paw Meds” is a stately vintage-style rocker awash in lo-fi guitar and murky vocals, as if you’re hearing the whole thing blaring out of an apartment down the hall. “Mary, All the Time” puts that same murky vocal sound atop crisp acoustic guitar and chiming glockenspiel.

EDIT: Nov. 7, 2010: Review on Spacerockmountain blog:

The Inclined Plane makes some remarkably flexible sound that fluxes between their undoubtedly diverse influences. Certainly a healthy dose of Elephant 6 style psychedelic experimentation can be heard, as well as underpinning informed by the Beach Boys and the Velvet Underground.

EDIT: Nov. 8, 2010: The Inclined Plane on Beehive Candy blog.

Onward Chariots – “Save Me Maryann” single (Elefant Records)

If you never downloaded the two free singles from Onward Chariots … well, sorry, you’ve missed your chance.

The New York quartet has a new single coming out on Spain’s Elefant Records this weekend. Onward Chariots have accomplished quite a bit since those first two free releases early this year. Those songs received a lot of well-deserved praise and caught the ear of indiepoppers around the world. In addition to the Elefant single, the band played the Indietracks festival in England and Athens popfest this summer and will be playing Popfest! New England next month.

The Elefant single takes four of Onward Chariots’ best tunes from both February releases and offers them up in a nice little package. With great cover art and a reworked version of “Save Me Maryann,” you should get a hold of this release even if you did download the free singles. Plus, the Elefant single is being offered on white vinyl.

Hopefully this release will open more doors for Onward Chariots. We wish them the best.

Head over to Elefant and check out the “Save Me Maryann” single.

FEB013: “Do You Ever?” by Summer Library

Summer Library is the solo recordings of 19-year-old New Rochelle, N.Y.-native Patrick Kelly.

Like many successful musicians, Patrick began writing songs in high school while a member of the heavily-Pavement-inspired band the Broken Dials. When graduations inevitably forced the band apart, Kelly continued writing music, though his solo efforts took on a more Sarah Records-inspired sound.

Patrick began writing and recording under the name Summer Library in the summer of 2010. The “Do You Ever?” single is his first release. He takes influence from bands such as Brighter, Galaxie 500 and Rocketship. The Swedish-sounding A-side is backed with “Past The Railroad Tracks,” which sounds as if someone might have snuck a synthesizer into a classic Field Mice song. Jangly guitars and catchy melodies pervade these two tracks, which clock in at just under 8 and a half minutes.

RIYL: Brighter, The Field Mice, Galaxie 500, Rocketship, Heavenly, Sarah Records

A Layer of Chips blog said about Summer Library:

Patrick Kelly has that perfect knack of writing the most simple pop songs, yet making them so affecting. He takes the world around him, romanticizes it, adds a melody bands have spend years getting nowhere near, and then, lucky us, we get to listen to it. “Do You Ever” is the perfect example of this. Happy, sad, melancholy — all the things a great pop song should be, and for five minutes you’re lost in this world of twirling guitars, brittle beats and yearning vocals. Lovelorn fans of Brighter and Harper Lee be aware: there’s some magic at work here, and it’s called Summer Library.

August 14, 2010: Summer Library interview on A Layer of Chips.

EDIT: October 3, 2010: Summer Library single on area51delcorazon blog.

EDIT: October 5, 2010: Summer Library single on Shoegazer Alive blog.

EDIT: October 6, 2010: Summer Library on Tweendie webzine.

EDIT: October 9, 2010: “Do You Ever?” included on Burning World’s Pod Fodder #93.

EDIT: October 15, 2010: Summer Library on Hits In The Car blog.

EDIT: October 22, 2010: Summer Library on Beehive Candy:

I hate doing the whole age thing but this guy musically shows a maturity way beyond his years and I hope a lot of people keep an eye (or ear) out for more from Summer Library!