If you missed The Moondoggies/ The Dutchess & The Duke show a nearly two weeks ago, hopefully you caught The Cave Singers last Friday at Kilby Court.--- The Cave Singers had been touring throughout the winter with the former bands and split ways after South by Southwest in Austin.
This reverb-soaked, heartfelt-folk trio from Seattle, Wash., share similar sentimentalities with both bands. Like The Moondoggies, they approach laying down thick and melodic guitar parts and can go straight-up rock at times. They share tendencies to have hallowed, lonesome lyrics with The Dutchess & The Duke, and like the latter, because the interaction between bandmates, it's not depressing or too heavy for the audience.
It does leave audiences in rapture. After a David Williams set with two Band of Annuals guys on bass and drums, The Cave Singers took the stage for a full house. The crowd has instantly hushed during opening songs "Leap" and "At the Cut." Lead singer Pete Quirk built rapport easily with the crowd. His fluttering eyes, on-stage mannerisms and vocals barely audible over his hoarseness and the reverb (to be fair, I was wearing ear protection right next to the speaker), give the air of a man possessed by the soul of his music. How can you not like that?
As the set progressed they played a couple of new songs, simply titled "New Brat" and "New Slide" on their set list (which was written on the back of a flier for Killah Priest of Wu Tang—gotta love that, too). For only having a guitar, drums and a singer, these boys have a full sound. The guitarist Derek Fudesco plays sweetly through an assortment of acoustic guitars, including, surprisingly, a classical one for many of the older tunes.
The crowd, by and large, preferred their older material—as many folks told me after the set—from the 2007 release Invitation Songs. Folks began singing along to "Helen." They ended on the washboard-driven "Dancing on Our Graves," to everyone dancing in their place.
If you missed it, don't fret. As I'm leaving, Quirk says, "We love it here, man. We'll definitely be back."