Album / UpcomingThreace to Exist: Cave Prep New LP, Play Hypnotikon Psych Fest
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM
One of America's most galvanizing bands, Chicago-based Cave, have an excellent new album due out Oct. 15 on Drag City titled Threace. Check the clip below for a cheeky preview.
Threace is a throbbing, inCANdesecent trance-rock opus that makes repetition seem like the most worthwhile strategy ever strategized. Shortest track is five minutes; the longest almost 12. But there is no fat on this record. The players zero in on a crucial riff and drive it into the vanishing point with monomaniacal glee. The key is they know how to construct riffs that you want to hear till the cows become skeletons. Honestly, Threace is kind of Tago Mago'd to hell, but only a fool would bitch about that.
Hippies, flower people: now is the time! Turn off, tune in, get your asses primed for this aid to self-knowledge, and free your body to access the unconscious mind! Reject societal law, and free your mind to access that subconscious body-vessel! CAVE takes their rolling funk minimalism to the streets this fall in support of their new album, Threace (out October 15th on Drag City). Hitting locales big and small across the Midwest, West Coast and South, including stops at Cataracts Music Festival in Indianapolis, Cropped Out Festival in Louisville, Seattle Psych Fest and Athens Intensified Fest, CAVE go out of their way to provide the keys to closed doors of the mind - that higher, meditative place in the expansive universe.
Recorded on a 1" 8-track Scully machine that may or may not have spent some quality burn-in time at Muscle Shoals, Threace was half-planned and half-jammed using different mic placements, building up from a basic set of as few mics as possible. Threace not only rocks, but fuses in funktified jazzgams amid jelly tight guitar rave-ups, saving the keyboards for color commentary among the beats. While Jeremy Freeze (guitar) and Cooper Crain (guitar, organ) explore their six-string relationship, twinning to gut-clutching effect, Dan Browning (bass) and Rex McMurry (drums) bring the heavy with poly-coloristic thickness, bearing the lode and raising the arch under which everything happens in CAVE. Don't believe researchers' warnings when they say Threace is dangerous - at least, not without trying it for yourself, first! Give Threace a chance!