Slow Caves

Slow Caves

Mammoth Indigo, Moth Wings, The Primaveras

Sun · December 9, 2018

7:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Slow Caves
Slow Caves
Listening to Slow Caves, one is reminded that being sonically interesting doesn’t mean that a band must sacrifice having old fashioned hooks or pop sensibilities. Danish born brothers, Jakob and Oliver Mueller, provide the vocal and guitar backdrop for Slow Caves, a band (rounded out by childhood friends David Dugan - guitar/bass, and Jackson Lamperes – drums) who offer a relaxed and surf-y update on 80’s synth, 90’s jangle, and early aught’s indie rock.

Formed in Ft. Collins, CO in 2014, Slow Caves quickly gained a reputation as a must-see local attraction. Soon the band was making an impression in Denver’s vibrant music scene, earning them slots at tastemaker clubs such as The Hi Dive and Lost Lake Lounge. In 2015, the band showcased their music at SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York. Then in late 2016, the band signed with Cincinnati-based Old Flame Records (Cloud Nothings, Dead Confederate), announced their Old Flame debut (The Desert Minded EP due March 10, 2017), and also their inclusion in Boise’s lauded, Treefort Festival (March 2017).

In January 2017 the band will embark on its first West Coast Tour (Jan 5th-15th).
Mammoth Indigo
The Primaveras
The Primaveras
The stretch of Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu to Santa Monica embodies the great dualism of Southern California. Warm breezes through cracked car windows, the soft sound of waves crashing and receding into the Pacific, and the silhouette of Los Angeles are beautiful in a timeless, almost dreamlike sort of way. However, those who haven’t stuck around long enough often fail to notice the effects of erosion; buildings and signs that line the coast are faded and rusty from the salt air, evoking feelings of loneliness and emptiness. Primaveras’ debut LP, Echoes in the Well of Being, also embodies this dualism. Channeling various sonic aspects of the past to create something unmistakably of the present, songwriter/brainchild James Clifford creates psych-pop songs that are equally bright and sunny as they are full of longing and introspection. For example, ‘Can’t Undo My Love’ begins like a lazy diary entry written on a beach towel before reaching euphoric heights by way of a falsetto-layered hook. Conversely, the groove of ‘Better Off’ struts like a half-drunken walk out of a noisy dive bar, only to confront one’s feelings in the night air behind a backdrop of moving cars and neon lights.

Side B kicks off with the motor city riffage of ‘In the Lilacs,’ which showcases Clifford’s ability to tastefully weave various musical elements into something coherent and fluid. In fact, the record at times can feel like a journey through the evolution of pop music from the second half of the 20thcentury—60’s pop-inspired melodies are complemented by 70’s guitar licks and early 80’s synth lines, which makes for a listening experience that is somewhere between Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii and Chic’s second album. Side B’s penultimate track, ‘Send Me an Angel,’ is an acoustic and vulnerable palette cleanser before the rock ‘n roll excess of ‘Before You Say Goodbye,’ which ends like the final parade in Animal House—joy and bombast riddled with bits of truth about the human condition. Whether one takes the Coast Highway out of the city or into it, Primaveras’ debut record is the perfect soundtrack for a blissful escape.

Growing up in a musical family in California, Clifford began playing guitar in early adolescence and played in garage bands throughout high school. Foregoing a formal musical education, he is a largely self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer. However, his passion for playing and writing stems from a much deeper passion for music in general. It is not uncommon for him to scour music stores for vintage guitars and synths or stay up all night listening to records. Regarding his musical vision, he seeks to employ a sense of old-school musicality while maintaining a forward-thinking and singular artistic voice; he also considers Bowie, Prince, the Clash, Funkadelic, Chic, Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music, Steely Dan, The Beach Boys, and the Beatles as some of his greatest inspirations.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042