RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MANCHESTER BAND THE CAVS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Chris was definitely the driving force in getting us together. To put it simply we all just love playing music. The fact we’re all into slightly different genres and trying to intertwine what we all love into the same piece of music, who wouldn’t enjoy doing that?!
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.
I’m Elliot, lead singer, and occasional guitarist. Musical history? I’d say going to music college and dropping out after a month, a load of rubbish. Hated it. I’d say our music maestro would be Mikey (bassist) or Arthur (Drummer). Both multi-instrumentalists, I mean, Mikey plays the fuckin’ saxophone! Chris our lead guitarist is the man, not much he can’t do in terms of riffing out. And James on rhythm guitar, most of us really have zero musical histories, The Cavs being our first band.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Well that’s a tough one, it is bloody hard. But I guess we do what we do… if people in the industry pick up on it then great but if not… we won’t cry about it. We’ve had some decent responses though. Record of the week with our title track from our new EP ‘Music to My Madness’ on XS Manchester so that was played all week which is brilliant. We’ve played with Clint Boon DJing, played with Johnny Brown (Twisted Wheel), supporting Apollo Junction at Piece Hall in December. So things definitely moving in the right direction!
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
You’re a busy man Carl. Anything that shines a spotlight on the independent music scene, no matter where in the world – HAS to be a good thing, doesn’t it?
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Nah man, we’re no tin-foiled hat-preaching muppets. Wouldn’t surprise me if James did some of ‘his own research on a couple of things, but that side of him is remained to be seen. But seriously, no… The slippy slope that innit’.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your City?
Wow… so many. The one that instantly comes to mind is Rolla. Playing all the festivals and only the other day supported Kasabian at AO Arena. Big tunes as well, fair play to ‘em. DEAF DEAF DEAF probably deserve a mention too, they seem to be smashing it.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Make sure you have a shit load of cash, ‘cause nothing cheap. But more seriously, don’t be a dick. Make music you’re passionate about and have fun while you do it!
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Elliot bought a guitar, that he probably definitely didn’t need but… can you really have too many guitars?
What was the worst experience on stage?
We played a festival, Irlam Live on the grassroots stage. The whole thing was quality, decent crowd, and mint stage. All good really but during one song the sound tech leaned on the ‘mute’ button, so we had no vocals. I think we then just all panicked and the song just sort of… ended with silence from us and the crowd. Bit of a rookie error from us more than anything else, never stop playing no matter what!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
As we’ve already mentioned Mike plays Sax, and although he says he does, we’ve never heard it.
Elliot failed his driving theory 9 times, which you could say is ‘surprising’.
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think the fact that we are 5 normal, nice lads with non of your stereotypical band member ego personalities is what people like, and it comes across when we play live. We’re not afraid to put ourselves out there and have a laugh with it!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Our new EP Music to My Madness has been in the works for ages. We’ve loved making it and the response to its release has been mint. It took us in a slightly different direction than the normal bread-and-butter guitar riffs. We’ve had support from students from the royal northern college of music playing strings, and we’ve got synth and piano backings to play along with. It’s really been about us pushing ourselves and seeing how far we can go, and we’ve learned so much while doing it and we can’t wait to start the next one.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
There was no specific theme or point to make with this collection of tunes. Some were brought to the table as fully formed songs written by one of us with a direct idea of what the song should be… and others were born more organically from jam sessions. We all of course add our own bits here and there but these songs just seemed to work well with each other on the EP
What was the recording process like?
The recording was a long process working with a friend of the band. Obviously, recording music is excruciatingly expensive so we had to get creative with it to save money while not losing any quality. We often turned Elliot’s bedroom into a makeshift vocal booth or used our band room to crank up the amps. We’re so happy with how it all turned out
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Incorporating new methods as we mentioned before, stings, synth playing to a backing track. It was all completely alien to us and we’ve had to work it out by ourselves and think we’ve done pretty well with it, we’d say that’s the hardest thing.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I don’t think we would, you know. Maybe ask us again in a few years, we wouldn’t have released anything we all weren’t 100% happy with. Get listening to it!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?