|Caveman — Otero War (17 June 2016)|
Caveman — Otero War (17 June 2016)
λ→ FADER calls it: “an optimistic, anthemic jam called “Never Going Back” that contains shades of Springsteen.”
Formed: January, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Album release: 17 June 2016
Record Label: Cinematic Music Group / Relativity Entertainment
01 Never Going Back 2:59
02 Life or Just Living 4:22
03 On My Own 3:31
04 Project 3:22
05 Lean On You 3:26
06 The State of Mind 3:37
07 80 West 5:31
08 Human 4:14
09 Believe 4:48
10 Over the Hills 4:31
11 All My Life 4:22
12 I Need You in My Life 4:51
℗ 2016 Cinematic Music Group
λ→ Longtime friend and New York punk–scene legend Johnny T, who over the years has employed members as bartenders and DJ’s at his bars, helped the band get signed as the first rock act on Cinematic Music Group, home to rappers Joey Bada$$, G Herbo and Cam’ron. Albert Di Fiore, who engineered their last album, returns with an expanded role to produce alongside the band. Iwanusa’s father even contributes string arrangements.
Artist Biography by Chrysta Cherrie
λ→ Brooklyn–based quintet Caveman deliver an ambitious, sprawling take on indie pop by drawing influences from experimental rock, post–rock, wistful indie rock, and African music traditions. Comprised of Matthew Iwanusa (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar), Stefan Marolachakis (drums, vocals), Sam Hopkins (synthesizer, vocals), and Jeff Berrall (bass, vocals), the band formed in January 2010, parlaying its attention–getting live shows into opening slots for bands like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Cursive, and White Rabbits as well as a spot on Stereogum’s 40 Best Bands of 2011 list. Their full–length debut, CoCo Beware, arrived digitally in September 2011, followed two months later in physical form on their own Magic Man!/ORG Music label, balancing varied elements like four–part harmonies, tribal drums, trickling keyboards, and hazy guitars with inspired results. A second, self–titled album arrived in 2013. The more subdued, reflective melodies of Caveman drew more than a few comparisons to the Shins, primarily for the similarities between the voices of Shins vocalist James Mercer and Iwanusa. ♠ http://www.allmusic.com/
λ→ 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 received critical praise from the most prestigious media. Now the band–Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins and multi–instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark–is aiming higher.
λ→ Caveman have their sights set on bigger goals, so on their third time around they made their biggest–sounding, most ambitious album yet.
λ→ Otero War was created over the course of three years, completely inverting the ramshackle methods used to make 2011’s CoCo Beware and their 2013 self–titled LP. This time frontman Matthew Iwanusa has taken the wheel of the creative process, bringing to it a level of patience, precision, and quality that exceeds anything he’s ever done before. Iwanusa wrote most of these songs in the back of tour vans with a laptop and a portable keyboard, then spent years rewriting, examining every part to make sure it was exactly right, and eventually abandoning an album’s worth of insufficiently killer songs before hitting the studio with the band. There the group refined the songs even further, filling them out with arrangements that bring together their distinctive musical personalities into one united whole, showing off the seemingly effortless collaborative energy that only comes with years of hard work. To help achieve the grander sound they were after, they brought in their ideal mixer, Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) to elevate the album even further.
λ→ While Iwanusa’s stepped further out front as a songwriter, arranger, and singer, Otero War is still a group effort made with contributions from the band’s entire unofficial extended family. Longtime friend and New York punk–scene legend Johnny T, who over the years has employed members as bartenders and DJ’s at his bars, helped the band get signed as the first rock act on Cinematic Music Group, home to rappers Joey Bada$$, G Herbo and Cam’ron. Albert Di Fiore, who engineered their last album, returns with an expanded role to produce alongside the band. Iwanusa’s father even contributes string arrangements.
λ→ 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.
λ→ Otero War will be released on Cinematic this summer. The band will tour extensively in support of the album, including festival appearances at SXSW, Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA, Forecastle in Louisville, KY and more to be announced very soon.
|Caveman — Otero War (17 June 2016)|