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
again. 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 …”