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Birmingham, Alabama, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
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"Band of The Week - Cavalen"

This is a band that deserves (and demands) your attention. With hard driving riffs, a sexy swagger, and catchy melodies, Cavalen is the new embodiment of Rock n' Roll. - Bham Rocks

"Cavalen's Viva Adore is intoxicating rock & roll"

Cavalen's "Viva Adore" is intoxicating rock and roll.

Join us in celebrating what Birmingham, Alabama's Cavalen is bringing to the table, Rock that stands the test of time. After getting wind of their masterful first single 'Viva Adore' we were searching to find more. These rockers have more trust me I have heard it and it is chalked full of bluesy, distorted, garage-tested riffs. It is unclear on when they will be dropping "Delicate Side" and "Talk Talk", however I do know you can get all three tracks on cassette soon. Until then we suggest you check out the power throbbing debut "Viva Adore" which is out on Itunes and other platforms now. - No Depression Magazine

"Alabama Has A New Rock Gem in Cavalen"

Their new single "Viva Adore" has an intense building intro riff that only builds more and more. When the drums come in the snarling vocals take on new life and drive into a strong chorus. Excited to see what more is to come from Cavalen as their sound continues to grow and develop. The first video from the band brings it big. We are all waiting to see what else they have up their sleves. Birmingham Alabama has a new rock gem in Cavalen. - Paste Magazine

"Video Premier: "Viva Adore" by Cavalen"

Alabama-based rock 'n' roll band Cavalen drops a story-telling and performance-oriented video for its new fiery track - The Big Takeover


"they create a bombast that strikes at the raw nerves that run throughout our body, fashioning a cycle of physical responses to their stomping rock presence."

"The band roars throughout, doling out wave after wave of a densely resonant musical persuasion." -


Still working on that hot first release.



Birmingham, Alabama lays claim to a vibrant, complex cultural history. While rock 'n' roll has always had its place in the Magic City, its influence has paled in comparison to its hard-hitting neighbors in Southern powerhouses like Nashville and Memphis—until now. Cavalen has just graduated from the riff-heavy, soulful school of hard rock, and now they're primed to break out in a big way.

The hellraisers in Cavalen spent years individually honing their craft, before coming together more or less unexpectedly in 2014. Vocalist, Shellina Ryals calls them "an accidental rock band," the first inklings for which came from a set of lyrics she posted on Myspace years prior. When her now-husband Steven spotted them, he sent over a few songwriting suggestions, and their musical (and personal) partnership was soon off and running. Years of happy collaboration followed, with the Ryals playing host to numerous musical gatherings in their home in Birmingham. Shellina also loved singing in a band at their church with guitarist Jesslyn Parmley and drummer Issac Mixon. 

One day, motivated by a health scare, Shellina called Jesslyn and said, "Want to be in a band?" The latter's enthusiastic answer led to the quick formation of a cover band, The Red Shakes, which made its debut at a local open mic event. After a freak winter storm in 2014, in which the city froze in ice for four days, Shellina and Jesslyn barricaded themselves indoors, cranked up the heat, and lost themselves in an impromptu songwriting session. The fruits of this ultimately resulted in the formation of Cavalen. Guitarist Steven Ryals, Alan Light on bass and new drummer Brad Hardin round out the current lineup, with Shellina also handling all of the lyrics. 

As she says, the band's main message is as raw and compelling as their bluesy, distorted, garage-tested riffs: "We make music that represents our honesty about life; some days we feel shitty about love, or want to wreck someone's face for their insulting ignorance about gender and race. What we talk about is real—real life," Shellina explains, nothing that Cavalen aims to "be tender, without being weak." 

As Steven sees it, "Our music is about celebrating a strong female personality instead of fearing it." That sentiment echoes especially strongly in songs like "Delicate Side," which finds Shellina sneering lustily, "I'm more woman than you'll ever be a man / How can you think that you're man enough, if you can't recognize your equal?"

Her husky, powerful vocals are an obvious focal point in Cavalen's sound, holding court amidst the razor-edged rock riffs and insistent percussion. Steven cites Stone Temple Pilots as a major influence on his guitar playing, while Shellina finds deep inspiration in revolutionary talents like Bjork, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, and AC/DC—a seeming grab bag of influences that makes perfect sense once Cavalen's grungy, soulful, gritty rock 'n' roll anthems hit your ears and grab hold.

With fire in their bellies and love in their hearts, Cavalen are excited to hit the road throughout 2017. They've already been racking up kudos for their hot, sweaty, loud live shows, but one story in particular stuck with Shellina, and goes a long way towards explaining exactly what kind of band Cavalen is. "In your hometown it's beyond heartwarming to be accepted by your peers; however away from home we are blown away by the kindness we have received from audiences. We want to connect to as many people as possible on the road," she says. "One man gave us all $60 from his own pocket, just to tell us he believed in us and wanted us to eat good. For a hard working man from our state to give you that kind of money just because your music touched him—well, it never leaves you.

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