Last Night: The Cave Singers at The Independent
October 6, 2009
Better Than: dancing on graves while doing body shots.
Bathed in red mood lighting, lead vocalist Pete Quirk belted out brooding anthems his with eyes closed and hands clasped in front of him (when they weren't clasping a guitar, melodica, or shaker). Beside him, lead guitarist/pedal bassist, Derek Fudesco (formerly of Pretty Girls Make Graves), rocked back and forth on his chair with eyes locked in concentration at the complicated picking he kept up throughout every song. Even more than the rolling drums, Fudesco's riffs acted as the rhythmic fulcrum for most of the Cave Singers' songs. Audience members stomped but there wasn't much dancing going on -- most appeared to prefer standing with half-smiles and open-mouths in quiet appreciation.
Plus, the Cave Singers currently have just two albums, and their songs on both aren't long. Just as each individual tune builds into a climax, last night's set also felt like a steady climb to the Cave Singers' most foot-stompin song of them all, "Dancing on My Grave."