Cave (5)

Cave (5)

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Warhammer 48K’s Chicago-based side-project Cave debuted with the heavily percussive space-rock of the instrumental EP Hunt Like Devil (Permanent Records, 2008). The ten-minute Hunt Like Devil weds a looped guitar riff inspired by the hard-rock jams of the 1970s, a motorik rhythm a` la Neu and a xylophone melody that could be from a Frank Zappa operetta. The repetition finally yields a ripping space guitar solo.

The instrumental EP Jamz (2006) contains the distorted and percussive freak-out of Annihilated Sludge Flow, the shoegazing and ambient meditation of Seans Inner Ear, the trotting guitar workout of 4.24.06, with a sudden acceleration a` la Steppenwolf, and the Brazilian dance novelty Drum Like Devil.

Cave’s Psychic Psummer (Important, 2009) offered vintage psychedelic rock for the digital age. The instrumentals are still largely based on hypnotic repetition. Gamm is a further improvement over their motorik-like progressions: a euphoric stream of martial beats and thunderous riffs. Requiem For John Sex is another variation on the same trance-inducing technique, for which all instruments provide the propulsive groove, except that the music suddenly picks up speed and volume and takes a detour into acid mayhem. The android jam of Encino Men juxtaposes videogame-like dissonances against a hard-rocking organ a` la Who. On one hand the band is still attracted by noise (as in the frenzied demented bacchanal Made In Malaysia), while on the other hand it shows it is capable of calmer and simpler forms (the melodic fantasia of High I Am, not too dissimilar from the disco novelties of the B52’s, and the anthemic closer Machines & Muscles, that sounds like a digital remix of some lost garage hit of the 1960s). Instrumental psychedelic music not only reached new heights in this album but also found a way to exist without simply repeating the past.

The EP Pure Moods (Drag City, 2010) contains three of their best performances. Hot Bricks weds their robotic beat to minimalist keyboards and new-wave singing, like Neu covering Terry Riley and fronted by Devo’s singer. The seven-minute Teenager turns repetition into a postmodernist tool: the guitar hints at a wrenching boogie riff, the organ hints at a gritty soul rave-up, the vocals hint at a deranged garage anthem, but none of them delivers. They all exist as immanent archetypes of probable sounds. The 13-minute Brigitte’s Trip (subtitled White Light White Jazz, a tribute to the Velvet Underground) was in effect one of the most dynamic pieces of their career, with the smoky blues-rock theme derailing towards emotional highs and lows.
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Cave (5) Discography

Albums

IMPREC247 Cave (5) Psychic Psummer (Album) Important Records (2) IMPREC247 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Cave (5) / Skarekrau Radio* Cave (5) / Skarekrau Radio* - The Patience Split(Cass, C60) Not On Label (Cave (5) Self-released), Not On Label (Skarekrauradio Self-released) none US 2009 Sell This Version
none Cave (5) / Skarekrauradio Cave (5) / Skarekrauradio - Live 2009(Cass) Not On Label (Cave (5) Self-released), Not On Label (Skarekrauradio Self-released) none USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version
DC472 Cave (5) Neverendless (Album) Drag City DC472 US 2011 Sell This Version
DC552CD PROMO Cave (5) Threace (Album) Drag City DC552CD PROMO US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RP 17 Cave (5) Hunt Like Devil(CDr, EP) RealReel Productions, Apop Records RP 17 US 2005 Sell This Version
none Cave (5) Jamz(Cass, EP) Not On Label (Cave (5) Self-released) none US 2006 Sell This Version
PERM 003, CAVE/CALIFORNIA RAISINS 8252 California Raisins / Cave (5) California Raisins / Cave (5) - California Raisins / Cave(10", EP, Ltd + CD, EP, Ltd) Permanent Records (2), Permanent Records (2) PERM 003, CAVE/CALIFORNIA RAISINS 8252 US 2008 Sell This Version
TR011, tr011 Cave (5) Butthash(7", Ltd + CDr, Ltd, Enh) Trensmat, Trensmat TR011, tr011 Ireland 2008 Sell This Version
VAN 174 Cave (5) The Ride(7") Static Caravan VAN 174 UK 2008 Sell This Version
IMPREC 246 Cave (5) Made In Malaysia (Single) Important Records (2) IMPREC 246 US 2009 Sell This Version
DC431 Cave (5) Pure Moods (EP) Drag City DC431 US 2010 Sell This Version
GD008 Cave (5) Party Legs(7") Giradiscos GD008 Spain 2012 Sell This Version
RTR 023 Cave (5) Summer Flexi Series(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Num, Gre) Rotted Tooth Recordings RTR 023 US 2012 Sell This Version

Compilations

tpr40 Cave (5) Hunt Like Devil/Jamz (Comp) Permanent Records (2) tpr40 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Cave (5) Raw Vibes Vol 1(Cass, Ltd, Comp, C30) Not On Label (Cave (5) Self-released) none US 2008 Sell This Version
none Cave (5) Brah Vibes Vol. II(Cass, Ltd, Comp) Not On Label (Cave (5) Self-released) none US 2009 Sell This Version
DC 610 Cave (5) Release(LP, Comp) Drag City DC 610 North America (inc Mexico) 2014 Sell This Version