CAVE to rock Black Cat

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Oct. 24, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 29, 2013
CAVE to rock Black Cat

CAVE will perform Oct. 28 at Black Cat Burrito in Boone.

Photo by Chris Olsen

Members of the Missouri-based CAVE rock ensemble plan to bring a “dynamically tight progressive performance” to Black Cat Burrito Monday, Oct. 28.

The band derives its name from its home state, Missouri, known as the cave state.

“We formed from friends past and present,” guitarist Cooper Crain said.

CAVE is currently comprised of Jeremy Freeze on guitar, Crain, Dan Browning on bass and Rex McMurry on drums.

The band takes no liberties in defining its distinct sound, and when asked about the subject matter of their songs, Crain responded matter-of-factly, “Music.”

According to its official bio, CAVE is known for rolling funk minimalism, which shows through on its latest studio album, “Threace,” which debuted Oct. 15.

The album was recorded on an eight-track Studer machine that, according to the group, was a half-planned and half-impromptu jam session that utilized as few microphones as possible.

Listeners can also expect cameo appearances of sax and flute textures on the album for a new soul-jazz sensation, according to the group’s management company.

In terms of what they enjoy most of performing and touring, Crain said the answer was simple.

“Playing the music we’ve created for people who are interested in listening,” he said.

Like the subject matter of most of its songs, CAVE’s direction is also a bit of a mystery.

On the matter of the band’s long-term goals, Crain believes the most attainable goal is just to “keep playing music.”

Opening the show at 10:30 p.m. is Clover Buds, delivering self-described “mind-altering, substantial, writhing and unforgettable heavy psych and space rock,” followed by The Blessed Knife, featuring Derek Poteat, formerly of Ahleuchatistas, and “a consortium of some of Western North Carolina’s finest sonic craftsmen.”

Tickets costs $5 in advance at 641rpm, located at 691 W. King St. in downtown Boone, and $7 at the door the night of the show. Black Cat Burrito is located at 127 N. Depot St. in downtown Boone.

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