Hailing from Seattle, but sounding like they’re from Mississippi, The Cave Singers aim to bring you round back for a foot tappin’ good time on the porch. Listening to the band for hours at a time, however, will reveal a lack of individuality between their songs.
The threesome gravitate toward a more unrefined brand of blues, usually focusing on minimal instrumentation and repeated musical patterns, somewhat like
Listening to the album from start to finish is a non event, however, with vocalist Pete Quirk tending to sing in the same whisky-soaked rasp for most of its tracks, relying on Derek Fudesco’s guitar work to bring out the character of the song. Individually, there are some great tunes, but the album becomes a tad bit tedious.
Nevertheless, with their third release, The Cave Singes have generated a broader, bolder sound. Every track seems to draw something from American music history, and whether The Cave Singers use gospel, biker culture or poetry as their inspiration, their music is authentic and bears a primal quality. Pick out some of the highlights for your next blues mix tape. You will not be disappointed.