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New video: “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart” by The Cavemen Go

Check out the new video from The Cavemen Go. The video was shot over the summer for this year’s single, “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart.” It was filmed by Maxwell Thomas of Automata Films.

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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
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 …”

FEB003: “New Lives” by The Cavemen Go


 
The Cavemen Go. Yes, they do. Hailing from New Haven, Conn., Boston, Mass. and Brooklyn, NY, The Cavemen Go have kept going through more than a half decade; through two EPs (2003’s The Cavemen Go and 2005’s Never Part Again) and a full-length; 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.

From the time The Cavemen Go first emerged as a duo (singer/guitarist Jeremy Sage and drummer Bob Rock) in 2003, the band was markedly distinct from their Connecticut peers. Sage’s songwriting channels the no-frills, hook-heavy sounds of early rock’n’roll without coming off as self-consciously retro. His lyrics and singing convey an unabashedly-hopeful romanticism, but the kind tempered with dry wit and emotional ambiguity. Those creative tendencies have continued.

New Lives, recorded by the members of the band (Jeremy, Bob, keyboardist/singer Emily Hamar-McMinn and former bassist John Varrone) in an empty apartment above a lawyer’s office sees The Cavemen Go further fusing the past and the present. The Brill Building/British Invasion/Motown influences are still there, as are nods to the poppier end of contemporary indie rock. There are even shades of country and folk-rock. Simultaneously modern and classic, nuanced and efficient, New Lives showcases the band’s punchiest, most urgent melodies yet. With the arrival of new bassist/vocalist Brian LaRue, The Cavemen Go are poised for yet another exciting chapter.

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

July 8, 2009: Review on Metromix Connecticut blog:

For more than half a decade, the Cavemen Go have been churning out some of the finest no-frills pop-rock in the Northeast.

July 10, 2009: Review in New Haven Register:

I’ve received a couple EPs from the band over the years, but “New Lives” is the first LP. And it’s worth the wait. It’s a timeless set of 12 songs that really will turn out to be one of the finest releases of the year, local or national. Sage just has a way with making tunes that are instantly hummable, but also intelligent and surprising. There’s no denying a strong Costello and early Ben Lee connection, but the band also breaks out some Motown and indie influences.

November 8, 2009: Review in New Haven Advocate:

Think about the Kinks and Elvis Costello, and if you smile, you’ll probably be into The Cavemen Go. Following the requisite series of EPs, TCG finally released their debut full-length New Lives earlier this year, solidifying their place as one of the top bands in the state. They’ve got jangly guitars, oohs and ahs, playful melodies, truly thoughtful lyrics and just a touch of punk rock attitude.

January 8, 2010: Included on New Haven Register’s “Best Local Music of ’09” list:

There’s not much that can be said about singer/songwriter Jeremy Sage and the rest of The Cavemen Go that hasn’t already be said. Pitch-perfect pop that combines The Kinks and Elvis Costello? Yep. A modernized ’60s garage rock sound? Absolutely. “The New Lives” a great album? You know it.

EDIT: June 21, 2010: Review on Beerandbands:

New Lives by The Cavemen Go, is the latest release from February Records (formerly Tweefort) so it probably won’t be a suprise to regular readers that although I’m not sure about the bands name, I do know that I like this record quite a lot. I don’t know how February do it, they just seem to have a knack for finding great bands. … I could write reams about this album but the bottom line is this, if you like artists like Elvis Costello (lyrics and music), and The Kinks, 60’s 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: July 1, 2010: Review on Side Ponytail:

New Lives is a rock/pop album that reminds of music I grew up listening to: Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Squeeze. Songs like “Forget it Claudia” and “We’re Not That Different” have that vibe especially. The piano in “We’re Not That Different” really reminds me of something you might hear on an Elvis Costello record. … I’ve been listening to songs like “Less Than Zero” by Elvis Costello and “So It Goes” by Nick Lowe on an endless loop lately. New Lives fits neatly into that pattern while offering something new.

EDIT: July 18, 2010: Short review on Beehive Candy:

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!

Standard Fare: March 13 @ Cafe Nine

We’re very excited to be hosting Standard Fare all the way from Sheffield UK next month. Mark March 13 on your calendar for another night of great pop music. Joining Standard Fare will be New Haven’s The Cavemen Go and New London’s Conversion Party.

Here’s what some blogs are saying about Standard Fare:

Oddbox Blog: This new single ‘Fifteen’, again on Thee SPC, is set to lay a marker down early doors for single of 2010. ‘Fifteen’ the song, is pop perfection. Emma Kupa’s voice is one of those beguiling things – powerful, fragile and totally mesmerising and yet it still manages to be one of the catchiest songs you are likely to stumble upon, this or any year. Hiding within the grooves is a darker song about wanting someone who is under-age. Standard Fare have a sound that could loosely be described as a cross between old school British indie and US college radio indie from the 80s. That’s not to say that they sound American, the don’t. But if you were to meld together indiepop with sounds that American bands like Throwing Muses and early REM made you could well be a bit closer to fathoming how Standard Fare make sounds so deceptively simple sound so damn infectious. The B side ‘Understand’ is a gentler number and it shows that the band have more than one string to their bow. I can not wait for their début LP to be released – lucky for me (and you) that ‘The Noyelle Beat’ will be out in March. Good times.

Norman Records: There’s a little buzz about this band Standard Fare. That is totally justified entirely as their debut single ‘Fifteen’ recalls classic, sprinting C86 shamble ‘n’ jangle indie, spilling with spirit & gusto. Musically it reminds me of a less twee & more muscular Heavenly or Liechtenstein’s less angular, more straight guitar pop stuff. Singer Emma has a really strong, hearty voice & the song makes me shed a nostalgic tear for beloved times listening to Peel in my teens & twenties. Really heartening to hear a band that transcends pastiche & effortlessly arrives with the equivalent of a lost gem.

Piccadilly Records: Love this! “Fifteen” is a great slice of jangly indie pop that rattles along at a fair old pace and although it’s kinda cute it’s ballsy too, mainly down to singer Emma’s great vocals. “Understand” on the flip, is a slower more introspective song, that recalls Morrissey’s songwriting at it’s best. Ones to keep an eye on this year I think.

Pop N Cherries Blog: While A-side “Fifteen” perfectly fulfills the role of the infectious sing-along hit, B-side “Understand” gives Emma’s voice another chance to kiss the stars on a splendid New Pornographers-like tune, full of melodic brilliance & emphasis.

And check out the cute DIY video above for “Dancing” — made up of photos of the band and random photos of people dancing — it’s great.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13
Standard Fare with Conversion Part and The Cavemen Go
Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven
10 p.m. FREE. 21+

June 27: The Hush Now + 2 @ New Haven ArtSpace Underground

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Don’t miss out on the last Artspace Underground of the academic year, Saturday, June 27th, from 8-11pm. (Don’t worry we’ll be back in September!) Boston indiepop band The Hush Now will perform. New Haven pop quartet The Cavemen Go and Conn./California shoegaze act If Jesus Had Machine Guns will also play. The New Haven ArtSpace Underground will be at the ArtSpace Gallery, 50 Orange St., New Haven. $5 gets you in and drinks and “Art•2•Go” will be available.

The Hush Now will take the gallery by storm. The Boston indie-pop quintet has made an impression on music critics and fans by wedding the “lush sugar-spun melodies of shoegaze’s dreamy heyday” to “the hooky muscle of bands like Guided by Voices and Built To Spill.” The Indie Rock Cafe writes that “The Hush Now’s magical debut record is a boost for any band.” The band’s self-titled debut, released last October, climbed independent radio top 100 charts and drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, Poole, and The Ocean Blue, among others. Blog buzz and radio play by legendary BBC 6 DJ Steve Lamacq further fueled interest in the band, who had yet to even play their first gig. The Hush Now is currently touring and finishing a follow-up to their self-titled debut, available for free download at www.myspace.com/thehushnow.

If Jesus Had Machine Guns, fronted by Jimi Patterson, is an intensely personal experience. With no formal training in music, he experiments with electronic sounds and traditional instruments, recording tracks in isolation from the influences of conventional sound. He speaks about love and decay, reinterpreting age-old folk themes and bending them to fit the contours of the landscape of now. He is a man with a vision of the world that is at once informed by the history of American music and at the same time immersed in avant-garde expressions of individuality. The band sites such acts as John Maus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, The Chills and Joy Division as influences.
For more information about If Jesus Had Machine Guns, point your mouse here: www.myspace.com/ifjesushadmachineguns

The Cavemen Go is an all-original New Haven/Boston-based indie-pop quartet. Following the recording and release of their self-titled debut EP in 2003 and their follow up EP, “Never part again,” in 2005, the band went to work on their debut full-length album, “New Lives.” Self-produced by the band in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood, an area steeped in old houses and history, “New Lives” presents the culmination of three hard years of songwriting, rehearsing, performing and recording. “New Lives” will be released July 10, 2009.
The Cavemen Go site such bands as The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, The Cars and The Pixies as influences.
For more information on The Cavemen Go visit www.myspace.com/thecavemengo

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www.tweefort.com
www.artspacenh.org/programs/underground.htm
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