REVIEW: Cave People – ‘Older’ EP

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Artist: Cave People
Title: Older EP
Label: Stereophonodon Records
Genre: Emo, Indie/Punk

How tired are you of hearing how deeply permeated with good breakout bands Philadelphia has been this year? Not too tired, I hope. That city definitely takes the cake for quality music’s prime habitat as of late. The efforts of David Tomaine, also known as Cave People, courageously attempts to join the aforementioned cluster with this new five-track EP, entitled Older.

Six or seven spins in, I’ve found that Older does to me what DadsPretty Good and Basement’s Songs About The Weather have done in the past: make you really freaking sad. Maybe it’s the muffled, lo-fi multi-layer vocal synth plus reverb combo that has found its way into the back bone of every indie punk/emo record, or it’s the “Every time I’ve tried to stand / the walls start spinning over again / I’m dying to see the bad times end” lyric in “Brace” that sends you into an oblivion of despondency and retains the ability to make you want to keep to listening; either way, you do listen. And you listen again. And again.

My favorite among the collection–and Older’s moment of spark–is the fifth and final track, “Burnin’.” This one lifts spirits a bit after several rounds of “boo-hoos” and it makes for a great campfire-withstands-pouring-rain metaphor.

Just like Dads’ Pretty Good or Basement’s Songs About The Weather did for me, however, Older also possesses the potential to get real old, real fast. With arguably every single solid song sounding much like the next, the little spark wears out easily. If there’s anything I know about these ballads that wear sadness on their sleeves, though, it’s that those listeners who find themselves at an encounter with these songs (and a lyric sheet) will often return and listen again. And again.

I can’t seem to put a finger on it, and no one probably will be able to, but there is something in Philadelphia’s air (or its cheesesteaks) that is enabling bands to produce good music, and we all hope it does not stop.

SCORE: 7.5/10
Review written by Dana Reandelar

Dana Reandelar

If not hunched over her desk writing about music, Dana can be found binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or condensing long rants to 140 characters. She also writes for Idobi Radio, and is an Off The Record podcast contributor.
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