Maryland-based atmospheric post-rock trio Cavern will release itsfourth full-length, “Powdered,” Aug. 28, 2020.
The six tracks comprising “Powdered” were recorded at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, with the Kurt Ballou (Converge) and Zach Weeks, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna).
“The writing process for Cavern has always been a very collaborative effort which normally results in [guitarist] Zach Harkins and I getting angry at one another over very minuscule elements of songs,” drummer Stephen Schrock said. “[Bassist/vocalist] Rose [Heater] provided a very cool headed voice and approach when it came to getting the songs finished. We decided to record with Kurt at GodCity while we were driving back from a Canadian tour in 2019. We had already recorded a few songs at a different studio but wanted to take things to the next level. We had talked to Kurt before about recording when we were a two-piece but thought that he could really help us achieve the sound we wanted with this new material … We want our sound to be abrasive and loud but also groovy and bright at times. We all have such different influences and come from different backgrounds musically so we’re constantly trying to keep things interesting and have fun while also remaining thoughtful and heartfelt.”
In advance of the record’s release, Cavern has unveiled its first single, “Dove.”
“‘Dove’ was one of the last songs I wrote lyrics for on the record,” Heater said. “The words that kept popping up created images of my own experience with anxiety. The song ended up being my representation of a panic attack.”
“Powdered” will be released independently on digital and vinyl formats. For pre-orders and to stream “Dove,” visit the Cavern Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Cavern was forged in 2012 by best friends Zach Harkins and Stephen Schrock. Over the span of eight years, they’ve toured North America and recorded four albums.
While the band’s first two offerings–its self-titled 2013 debut and 2014 EP “Tales of Ruin”–were a fusion of heavy, progressive-leaning instrumentals and abrasive, post-hardcore vocals often compared to the early work of Mastodon and Baroness, the third record–2015’s “Outsiders”–was the band’s first instrumental effort.
Following the release of “Outsiders”, Cavern spent a few years touring and writing its fourth record, “Eater,” which was unveiled in 2018. Shortly thereafter, the band saw the addition of Rose Heater on vocals/bass in late 2018. This updated lineup spent nearly two years writing and touring its newest material.