The Cave Singers: The Key to Sticking Around 

Thursday 07th, September 2017 / 11:00
By Danni Bauer 

no hiatuses, no line-up shakeups, all good vibes and mellow jams.
Photo by Big Hassle

CALGARY – It takes a lot of time, communication, and passion to maintain a band for a decade.

“10 years just [crept] up on us,” says Derek Fudesco of the Cave Singers. He’s doing our interview over the phone from Las Vegas outside of a store called ‘Shoes, Shoes, Shoes,’ which shockingly, sells shoes.  

Fudesco is in Las Vegas with his other band Murder City Devils at the second rendition of Psycho Las Vegas, a metal festival that celebrates the psychedelic and crushing. In addition to that, Fudesco is one of three members of Seattle freak-folk jam band The Cave Singers, alongside Peter Quirk and Marty Lund. They are all also formerly of Pretty Girls Make Graves, and they formed the Cave Singers after its dissolution.  

Truly, a decade is a long time to commit to anything. In 10 years, even the most successful bands experience lineup shake ups, hiatuses and break-ups, but The Cave Singers have held it together with a foundation of shuffling instrumentation, gentle vocals, and deftly plucked strings.  The real key to staying together is simple: they are best friends who support each other musically and otherwise. The Cave Singers even created a new band with all the same members, just wearing different metaphorical hats.

“Two years ago Pete made a solo album called Fail On, Fail Better, and I at the same time made this record with Amber Webber from Black Mountain, called Kodiak Deathbeds. It was sort of neat to take a break from The Cave Singers, and now we actually have a new band where we all just switch instruments called Cold Soda. It’s The Cave Singers, but it’s not The Cave Singers, it is still making music with my best friends.”  

Last year saw the band return to the Cave Singers moniker and release Banshee, which featured a different approach than previous releases. While that album featured a more complex orchestration style, older albums like Naomi (2013), No Witch (2011), Welcome to Joy (2009), and Invitation Songs (2007) contained a street busking rawness. For their newest offering, the band found success in a crowdfunding campaign, with backers from around the world pledging 116 per cent of the posted goal.

“It was great, our label Jagjaguwar was really supportive of our decision. The only thing was, you would be on tour, and orders would come in and you couldn’t fill them until you got back,” Fudesco explains. 

In the past decade, Cave Singers has routinely made appearances in Western Canada.

“We love touring Canada, and you always go back to the place you have a good time and meet good place, plus it’s beautiful. We are looking forward to playing Calgary,” he says.

As for the next five years, the boys focus is on their new project to bring a different side of themselves for fans to enjoy, but seems like The Cave Singers have a strong formula for keeping themselves alive.

Cave Singers perform September 14 at the Habitat (Kelowna), September 15 at Spirit Bar at the Hume Hotel (Nelson),  September 16 at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Calgary), September 17 at The Starlite Room (Edmonton), September 18 at Amigo’s (Saskatoon), and September 20 at The Good Will (Winnipeg).

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