Since the debut of their 2013 album, The Great Divide, Cave States has been bringing St. Louisans (and anyone anywhere else who are privy enough to learn about this trio), sweet, melodic Americana sounds.
On the surface, Cave States’ music appears simple and straight-forward, however, it gently pulls you into the layers of instruments and vocals weaving together to create a softly caressing sound that’s part ethereal while grounded at the same time.
Members Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner, and Todd Schnitzer are releasing a new 3-song EP entitled, The End is Around the Corner, July 24. The hopeful, uptempo title track will have you tapping your toes by the end. While you soak in the new song, take a journey along with the accompanying video, filmed by videographer and another long-time St. Louis musician Sean Garcia.
The all-St. Louis based video features St. Louisans Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, owner of The Royale Tavern and Spirits and Eric Woods, owner of Firecracker Press (who also letterpressed the flyer seen in the video). The music video takes you on a slow drive around well-known St. Louis city neighborhoods such as Central West End, the Grove, and Cherokee Street on a rainy night, eventually ending up at a boxing match (obviously filmed well before any type of pandemic physical distancing restrictions). If you’re admiring the vehicle in the video, it’s actually two different cars that Smith owns, he told Arch City Media, “there’s a ’72 Lincoln Continental Sedan and a ’73 Buick Riviera. My Lincoln stalled out halfway through [the filming].” Fortunately, they were able to save the day substituting with the other classic car.
Back to the main focus, which is Cave States. From what we’ve heard so far, you’ll want to swoop in on July 24 to be one of the first to purchase their new EP.
Read up a little more about how the song “The End is Around the Corner” came to be in this Americana UK article.
Tip: add an “s” to the end of states when searching for Cave States on your favorite music platform otherwise, you’ll find an entirely different sound.