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Jon Murphy portraits by Ben Rosser.

2014

Check out our review on Pretext Social Club!

Band X Band style. Scott Lechner of Dead Sexy Sheila had some nice things to say about us and in return, we wrote our review on their set.

Check out the full article HERE.

Special thanks to Jessica Straw for taking the time to post this.

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Cave Days as reviewed by Scott Garver Lechner

Cave Days has been making gloomy tunes for Brooklyn since 2010. Since then the band has been a private institution for listeners who can relate to the true darkness and dim hopes of modern relationships, with sweet melodies and pop structures under the intuitive guise of oil refinery fuzz and cathedral echo. The lineup has gone through several changes since the groups inception by Jon Murphy (songwriter, vocals, guitars).

Their first self-titled EP in 2011 saw Jon working with talented synth-manipulating neighbor Erik Leubs, who added beats and electronic instrumentation to Jon’s picking and singing. After that Jon adopted a three-piece band, of which the only constant to this day has been Richard Thomas (bass, vocals). With changing drummers (they’re notoriously difficult to net around here), Murphy and Thomas recorded 4-song EP Memorium with late producer Jim Bentley. They put it out themselves onto ten-inch records, and brought a few boxes to their album release show at the artfully seedy tower loft venue Hot 97.4 in Bushwick.

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Cave Days set up after midnight. As backdrop to the makeshift stage, the tall windows had begun to haze out the twinkling skyline with the heat coming off of the crowd, shoulder to shoulder, and still trickling in. A muddy jangle of sad, distorted chords churned out of the PA while Thomas and Murphy adjusted mic stands and plugged in effects pedals. The intro had a leading effect. A few of the kids — stone drunk (some shirtless) — who had just been moshing to the previous band now let their eyes unfocus in a diet trance. Cave Days opted for a drum machine this gig, and as it turned up, Murphy and Thomas took us for a swim.

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The machine beats sounded a little filthy in the reverberant concrete of the room but to great effect. The dirt helped them cut through and made people feel like dancing. Murphy put out luscious electric swells, deftly plucking at pedals on the floor (a child of Gaze), while Thomas never ceased his role as a totem on bass. The bass widely multiplied the rhythms of each song, leaving a little more space than other needier bassists between the notes so that they came in with hammer and sway. I’ve seen Cave Days play with a punk drummer before, but tonight it was nice to be able to hear the lyrics. Murphy’s themes mostly appeal to our generation of tricked lovers. For everyone raised to believe in Love, with its longevity ever more quickly slipping through our fingers as our emotionally cynical society continues to set, it’s not hard to appreciate when those passionate frustrations are sewn to song. My favorite was Eve, a song Murphy wrote about a whirlwind romance with a traveling Quebecois girl, and wishing it could’ve lasted. With eyes closed, he sang You’re the blood inside my blistered fingers/ Mouth open wide and no one’s listening, framing his exasperation.

A little lifted from the cathartic quality of Cave Days’ set, the crowd loudly requested an encore when it was over. Thomas informed them that they had no more to play that night, leaving them a little hungry, so that as the show became a party, they quickly sold out of records.

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"Unconditional"

Practice with Richard at Hot 97.4

cavedaze:

The Kids of Hot 97.4 aka Sweatpants Club. Regram from @the_prince_of_rags  (at Sweatpants Club)

cavedaze:

The Kids of Hot 97.4 aka Sweatpants Club. Regram from @the_prince_of_rags (at Sweatpants Club)

(Source: jonamurph)

Cave Days is reunited and ready to play. Catch us at our friends new loft venue, Hot 97.4 on Friday, March 21st! We will be accompanied by Dead Sexy Sheila, Retail, and Shane Bastien!
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1384235448518538/

Cave Days is reunited and ready to play. Catch us at our friends new loft venue, Hot 97.4 on Friday, March 21st! We will be accompanied by Dead Sexy Sheila, Retail, and Shane Bastien!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1384235448518538/

cavedaze:

#cavedays Memoriam is now available at @grandstbakery Thanks Neil! (at Grand St Bakery)

Cave Days “Memoriam” is now available at Grand St. Bakery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Thanks Neil!

cavedaze:

#cavedays Memoriam is now available at @grandstbakery Thanks Neil! (at Grand St Bakery)

Cave Days “Memoriam” is now available at Grand St. Bakery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Thanks Neil!

(Source: jonamurph)

Friends! I will be playing an acoustic performance for David Moss's album release party on Thursday, March 6th at Little Skips BK!!! Also featured acts will include Adrianne Lenker and Hollar General Music! 
Here’s the event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/709071135793312/

Friends! I will be playing an acoustic performance for David Moss's album release party on Thursday, March 6th at Little Skips BK!!! Also featured acts will include Adrianne Lenker and Hollar General Music!

Here’s the event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/709071135793312/

cavedaze:

Memoriam is now available at @desertislandcomics 👍Thanks Gabe! (at Desert Island)

cavedaze:

Memoriam is now available at @desertislandcomics 👍Thanks Gabe! (at Desert Island)

(Source: jonamurph)

troyriots:

So stoked!
Cave Days “MEMORIAM”
10” EP Graphics by Troy Odell
@jonamurph @troyriots

Cave Days “Memoriam” is now available on vinyl. Carried at local Brooklyn record shops:Vinyl Fantasy - Bushwick Deep Cuts / Silent Barn - BushwickDesert Island - WilliamsburgAnd online at http://cavedays.bandcamp.com

troyriots:

So stoked!
Cave Days “MEMORIAM”
10” EP Graphics by Troy Odell
@jonamurph @troyriots

Cave Days “Memoriam” is now available on vinyl.

Carried at local Brooklyn record shops:
Vinyl Fantasy - Bushwick
Deep Cuts / Silent Barn - Bushwick
Desert Island - Williamsburg

And online at http://cavedays.bandcamp.com

cavedaze:

"Coke Party" (live performance) clip taken from our “Coke Party” music video premiere on Oct 5th, 2013 at Running Rebel Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Visual projections by Luke Wyatt.

Thanks to Steve Kupillas and Chris Lorenz from Coasta for filling in on drum and bass.

MEMORIAM, our second ep, issued on beautiful transparent purple, 110 gram, 45rpm vinyl is now available to order via http://cavedays.bandcamp.com

(Source: jonamurph)