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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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"MP3: Caves – Concrete Teeth"

Shoegaze from Saskatoon! It makes sense, I promise. A really lovely downbeat track here from Caves, who are putting out a great cassette on Nov. 20th on Saskatoon’s Leaning Tree Records. The whole thing deserves a listen. - Silent Shout

"MP3: Caves – Concrete Teeth"

Shoegaze from Saskatoon! It makes sense, I promise. A really lovely downbeat track here from Caves, who are putting out a great cassette on Nov. 20th on Saskatoon’s Leaning Tree Records. The whole thing deserves a listen. - Silent Shout

"Caves – “Caves and Stephen Cooley” tape – Leaning Trees Records [Album As Art #252]"

Look, I can’t always make it all the way through these labyrinthine tapes you folks send in; that’s a fact. I hardly have time for vinyl, when it comes right down to it, and that’s only 30 minutes a side. Some of these cassette chuckers are clocking in at 90 minutes-odd like it’s no big deal, and I’m real proud of ya pal but the point of the tape revival is not to clog the scene with more … stuff (who am I kidding, that’s totally what the tape revival is turning into).

Caves have put out an amazing tape here, however, and with every release like this cassettes have a better chance at becoming a permanent fixture. “Caves and Stephen Cooley” (if that’s not the real title fuck it; put this shit on Discogs bros!) is straight out of the Lou Barlow playbook fi-wise, and the material ranges from quieter, apartment-window-gazing fare to slow, harsh stomps that gleam with Slint treble and the clunkiness that, believe it or not, used to be a Death Cab For Cutie trademark (you now, back when they released TAPES).

I can’t get over how cool it is to hear a throbbing canker-sore-cloud of noise emerge from quiet acoustic pickers; to witness as things get all Fadensonnen and rowdy is almost too good to be true. Not sure why this guy’s nosing in on the mix with his plainest-sounding voice at this point; kids need to learn when to let things gurgle and buzz a little.

This review is just a glimmer of a much larger light, of course. Caves boast uncommonly well-developed skills, not to mention the willingness to play indie-rock in the first place, a custom that seems to be out of vogue with all the cheap machinery available to even the poorest musicians out there. The drone interludes and drum-machine passages are there, but they’re secondary, statues on the side of the road that you glance at and move on. What’s left after the memory has purged the fuzz is those nice little bathtub compositions and Mt. Erie-style loudness.

Should you be surprised when Caves put out dozens of tapes on different labels and end up releasing an LP on NNA, Night People and La Station Radar in the same month?

Not at all, though it’s even more likely they’ll become forgotten – even by me – blips on a radar full of sunken battleships and dreams that never should have been dreamed in the first place. I’d like to prevent that from happening, starting … NOW. Let’s do this. - Gumshoe Grove

"Cooley High"

Weightless jet-streams of chords soak every minute of this odd split cassette from Saskatoon that clocks in at an astonishing 90 minutes. Caves projects his shoegazing kite along these contorted winds to produce pop-scapes that stretch our emotional imagination. On the flip, Stephen Cooley scales it back to traditional ambient themes that seem to weave between the reverberated vocal echoes and field recordings. Both Caves and Stephen Cooley are quite active in the Saskatoon scene, playing in a number of weird projects (Lion Stab, The Foggy Motions, A Gentle Forest, etc.) I look forward to more from these SK basement weirdos. - Weird Canada

"Caves Secretly Dead"

Having evolved from the one-man band of Pete Grier into a four-piece, Caves gets pastoral quick on this full-length. Think Flying Saucer Attack’s rural drip-gaze nuzzling up to Yo La Tengo’s midnight skyline drone anthems. “Concrete Teeth” drowns in its own gooey dub treatments, indistinct vocal lines swirling into the keyboard and guitar loops whilst achieving full infinity with a shrug. The overall effect of this laid-back listen is a wonderful assimilation rather than a hobbled clobber over the skull. Pleasant, distant and kinda threatening like driving around the suburbs at dusk. Some fine bleed for the last drink before bed. Geez, now I’m thirsty! - Weird Canada


Caves / Stephen Cooley (Cassette LTR 002 2010)
Secretly Dead (Cassette LTR 004 2012)
Taikonaut / Caves / Wasted Cathedral - Split Cassette (HOT GAS VOL. 1 TBA) LTR 007
Young and Dumb - (Pop Quiz 080 2012)
Idle Worship (Cassette/CD Self Released 2013)
Extra Foods (CDR self released)



Caves began as a bedroom pop, lo-fi, recording experiment for Peter Grier in 2008. He's released two cassettes on Leaning Trees Records. Both have been noted on the Weird Canada Website. 2010 came along and Pete joined up with Jeremy Kiss and Angus Dickin to transform caves into a live band experience. 2011 came along and Stephen Cooley joined playing the Bass Guitar because he said the band needed one. He was right. The band is just finished recording an album to be released in the winter of 2013. All has been done on 4 track cassette and paid by the bands own earnings.
Caves is influenced by the Indie rock of the ages as well as the Canadian world of 2009 to present. They have shared the stage with local butt kickers Shooting Guns, The Moas, Foggy Notions, Wasted Cathedral and Feral Children. Plus touring acts Mac DeMarco/ Makeout Videotape, Outdoor Miners 'n Sans Aids/Homeshake, Freak Heat Waves, Mt. Royal, Brazilian Money, Walter TV, Friendo, Eamon McGrath, Grimes and Pop Winds.

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