UK Indie rockers Cavey is a band that once you hear their music at first listen they will be unforgettable with their unique blend of their retro jazzy, bluesy rock and emotional vocals. Their latest single, “About To Start” is a powerful song containing a larger than life soundscape provided by band members who are excellent Jazz/rock musicians. The track takes its listeners on an unexpected rollercoaster ride that begins with a serene beginning and ends up climbing unforeseen music heights in it’s conclusion.
We had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Cavey about the inspiration behind their single “About To Start”, what were the songwriting and recording sessions like and the message they hope their listeners can take away from their music.
SR: What is your story?
Cavey: Cavey formed 2 years ago, after Frank Wright (Blaenavon) introduced me to Adrian (drums) at a show in Kilburn. I had a couple of songs that weren’t right for any of my current country or hard rock bands, because the songwriting was a little gentler and a little bleaker, so I decided to form a new project. Adrian introduced me to a bunch of Jazz musicians at Guildhall and the songs I had written grew into a more cohesive sound that seemed like a good kind of different. We played a few shows as a trio, with Alex (keys) doing the bass parts with his left hand, and had great feedback and support from the crowd, so we decided to record a few tracks. We tracked them cheaply at a studio beneath Camden Roundhouse and they went on to become our first EP, Night Time. By the time it had come out and Refa had joined on double bass, I had quit my job as a teaching assistant in order to give this thing everything. We’re all in this now, and I’ll be fucked if I have to work full-time out of music again.
SR: How would you describe your music style?
Cavey: Its a combination of playing styles, the interplay between Jazz harmony, electric guitar and my song writing. I always say its just Alt-Rock, but that’s a pretty broad umbrella, there’s something different in us, and it comes from the band’s technicalities.
SR: What artists/ bands have been your biggest influence or inspiration?
Cavey: For me its Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell etc. Lyrical artists really get me going. More recently I like Ryley Walker, Hamilton Leithauser, and Bedouine. As for the other guys, I know Alex is mad about Sonny Clark, Adrian loves Abba and Refa likes Charlie Haden.
SR: Can you describe your songwriting and music making process?
Cavey: I normally write lyrics while out and about, mainly on the bus, and get the main structure of the song done before I bring it to the band, who then flesh it out. They always have great ideas with arrangements and parts, and we work as a team to get the thing sounding like a song.
SR: What was the inspiration behind your newest single “About To Start”?
Cavey: I haven’t asked, but I’m sure most musicians experience a sort of double reality, one in which they are fulfilled by the joy of playing and connection with bandmates and the audience, and another in which nothing they do is ever enough to satisfy the abstract idea of success portrayed in films and the media. One is always in danger of succumbing to the latter, which can include overworking yourself, neglecting others, and feeling incomplete. “About To Start” is about the conflict of Love and the belief that the only way to make it is to sacrifice everything.
SR: What was the songwriting and recording sessions like for “About To Start”? Was it a unique experience from a previous sessions? If so, how?
Cavey: We recorded it at my university’s studio in Kilburn, with Frank at the helm. We didn’t have Refa with us at the time so the process was quite similar to recording the Night Time EP. Three of us in a room, playing live, then overdubbing Bass and vocals. I had intended to use the vocal take from the live take, but my voice was crappy from singing all day.
It was great having Frank at the centre. I know I can always trust his judgement and he’s very accommodating as a producer/engineer. He created a safe environment for ideas and creativity, which is extremely important for me.
SR: Was there a particular moment where you felt “About To Start” was a song you wanted to be officially release as a single?
Cavey: We recorded a four songs during the sessions with Frank. This one seemed like a strongest to me, and it definitely gets a special response when we play it live.
SR: What would you like your listeners to take away from listening to the song?
Cavey: I suppose the message is that momentary happiness is the only kind most of us ever get, so don’t get too hung up on how ‘unsuccessful’ you are.
SR: What can we expect next from you?
Cavey: A period of quiet, then an explosion.
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