Wednesday, December 16, 2009

TVD First Date with | Caverns

They're heavy, ...dense, ...crushing, ...then melodic. In addition, DC's Caverns also have a huge fan of vinyl in drummer Ross Hurt:

"The idea of going to a record store in general is very exciting to me... Whether it is a local shop I stop at when playing a show out of town, winning a bidding war on a tough to find record on ebay, or making a day of it in Adams Morgan and the U Street area shops.

When I was in Jr. High, I really began taking my music seriously... I really started studying the theory side of music, and particularly fell in love with the blues. My dad has an massive catalogue of some incredible blues LP's, and I would spend hours flipping through them and listening to Jon Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and of course some early Zep records. I fell in love with the music, but more over the tone and emotions captured on the guitar... That sound and tone can only be captured on wax!

I collected a couple 7"s and records in high school, mainly ska, punk, and some hard rock stuff... but cd's were all I cared about. Going to places like Tower and Sam Goody were adventures... Going through the shelves and finding music that I NEEDED to hear; and this was all done not having the ability to preview it or listen to it in the car on the way home. This forced me to rush home, sit down and truly listen to the album start to finish.

That really made me appreciate the idea of "an album" a lot more. I missed out on that in more recent years with ipods and in-car cd players, making it easier to hear music at anytime. But it all came back to me when the band The Bronzed Chorus came touring through needed a place to play and a place to crash; my basement provided both, and they were kind enough to give me their latest record on vinyl as a sign of thanks.

Hearing them talk about it with such pride and excitement made me remember those times when I really appreciated actively listening to a record, listening to the work put into an album as a whole... after that I was on for hours, hitting up Crooked Beat, Smash and so on... but for me, Joe's Record Paradise in Rockville is the store that really brings me back to those days in middle school and high school where I would go through shelf after shelf of whatever the store has, buy a shitload of stuff and then sit in front of the stereo going through box after box of my cds or dad's LPs for hours.

That tone is still there on all those records, just listening to any Terry Reid record on vinyl gives me chills... And odds are Joe's is going to have all that and more buried somewhere in their shelves. Plus EVERY member of Solar Powered Sun Destroyer is obsessed with finding good records on vinyl, so I am comfortably surrounded by it all the time."

Caverns - Dance You Son Of A Bitch (Mp3)
Caverns - Brodown High Noon (Mp3)


Matthew said...

Ross knows his shit.

Matt Tice said...

He sure does - my sentiments exactly.

My friend and I were talking to the opening band for The Dead Weather who was the Screaming Females after their act - and they were really happy when he bought their LPs at the 9:30 club booth. They were certainly proud of the whole vinyl package.

Very cool post!