Luke’s Alphabet Tour – C: Caveman at London Macbeth – 15th February 2012

By on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 at 2:00 pm

It’s a mild night in deepest, darkest Hoxton but the nightlife is fairly quiet. Smokers huddle outside pubs, a few fixie bikes ride past and the Macbeth is showcasing one of the fastest-rising new bands to come out of Brooklyn. Caveman‘s dream pop indie stylings are on offer for free tonight for their first-ever UK date, but is it going to entice London’s indie syndicate outside on a winter’s eve?

Opening the late show are London’s own DeepSeaGreen, whose blend of blues and hard rock unfortunately fail to get the small crowd motivated. Although they definitely look the part (long hair and band t-shirts ahoy!), their music lacks the hooks needed to win over a distinctly non-hard rock audience. At times it’s grunge-y and the crunchy riffs owe much to Rage Against the Machine, but ultimately the band reveal themselves to be a sub-par imitation of Audioslave. ‘Caught In A Hurricane’ proves that instrumentally the band are tight and can write some hard-hitting music, but the Americanised vocals and throwaway lyrics were unsuccessful in powering the set forward. The potential is there, but it’s yet to be harnessed.

After a lengthy gap, Caveman take to the stage 20 minutes late to a rapturous applause to a now-full Macbeth; these guys appear to be dream pop’s best kept secret judging by the sudden influx of bodies into the intimate venue. Their whimsical and serene melodies captivate the crowd who are mesmerised by the five chaps from across the pond. Sounding at times like a less-synthy Antlers combined with a range of post-rock soundscapes, the huge sound blasting throughout Macbeth gets the 200-or-so strong crowd moving and shaking to the sounds of a Brooklyn basement. Mixing the experimental with upbeat indier antics, Caveman’s absorbing set never skips a beat. The bouncier rhythms of ‘My Time’ are counteracted by the slower, more ominous ‘Vampirer’, although both are met with the same appreciation from their newest biggest fans.

After almost an hour of non-stop musical passion in its various forms, Caveman’s UK debut couldn’t have gone better. Undoubtedly they’ll be in a bigger venue next time, and you’ll have to pay for it. But tonight was as much a “hello” as it was a “thank you” from your new favourite band, who’ll hopefully be back sooner than we think.

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