After a great season, CaveofswordS is 3 again, which seems to be our most natural state. Why fight it? We are embracing our three-ness with a new vigor.
For the last 6 months we've been out barreling across middle states. We have met some people who have become dear to us, and more than a few who have become family.
We have played in more cities, to bigger more enthusiastic crowds. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to play many festivals this year, and we are totally game to play a whole lot more next year.
Touring these middle states, connecting to cities through vast stretches of corn fields, warehouses, shipping yards, and the hubs; gas stations/truck stops/hotels/foodholes/porn super centers and pharmacies that provide the necessities, I am left with a distinct unease about what it means to be human in this world. Pink rhinestone camouflage beer cozies. Onesies with angry taloned eagles. Massive noisy tractor trailers. Soda cups the size of my toilet bowl. I feel like we and the planet are being ground by a machine we created and don't know how to turn off. And then I am looking out at huge blue skies with all the trees, and puffy cumulous clouds you could want. You get gorgeous lightning storms, and scary downpours. And I feel that I am the luckiest woman to have had the pleasure of living. I am surrounded by the most interesting, creative people. I get to listen to compelling music made by tenacious philosophers. I get to eat delicious food prepared and served to me by people who give a care about it. I get to heat or cool the van or room we are occupying to my preference. Life is beautiful. And hard. Sexy and terrible. And worth the effort.
The machine is warm if you're on the inside, in the belly, We've got to find warmth outside the machine and figure out how to turn it off. And turn it off.
So next spring, summer, and fall, we will be coming to your city, or hopefully a city near you.
midnight, on her birthday.
This month we welcomed Chan Evans to CaveofswordS. Chan is a fantastic drummer, a great musician otherwise, and a friend. We are delighted that he's joined the band. Our new form was debuted last weekend when we took a long weekend to tour a little. We had a great time traveling together, and by Saturday night, we were pretty tight! It felt great to get out of town, and test out the updated version of ourselves. Obviously we need to get some new photos up here to reflect the new lineup- it won't be too long. We plan on doing a lot of touring this year, because it's fun to play shows and make new friends.
Last night we learned that CaveofswordS' Sigils was the 14th most played record on our hometown indie-radio station, KDHX in 2015 . This list includes mostly national and international acts and we were very surprised that we made the list at all, much less that we had more spins than some of our favorite records of the year. Thanks to all the DJs with impeccable taste!
We took a break from playing shows for a few months but we're excited to get back to performing at the Farfetched annual party and record release, Prologue V on Jan 15th.
When we play the next shows you'll probably notice a change.
After touring/working with us for over a year, Zagk is no longer on drums. He will instead be focusing on his live engineering work and his recording studio here in STL. Thanks dude, good luck!
What have we been up to since we last took stage you ask?
Writing. A lot of writing. This time around the process has been way different than in the past though. Details will wait til after we are further along, but we have been spending a ton of time in the studio and it has been super fun and productive.
We did a site overhaul, as you can see.
And lastly, the label that we were signed to and that put out Sigils has turned to a fine powder and blown away. Which while kind of a bummer also means we're FREE agents again, a fact that we are super stoked about.
More than anything we're excited to get back to what we've done since the beginning; making music with people we love, playing shows all around the country and meeting all of you!
See you soon!