Johnny Brenda’s hosted a new-age, indie rock power pack Thursday August, 18th. War On Drugs played a record release show down on the good ole’ corner of Frankfurt and Girard, bringing along both an up-and-coming Philly blues rock group, Tin Horses, and the critically acclaimed afrobeat band out of Brooklyn, NY, Caveman.
Since the five piece chamber rock ensemble’s birth in January of 2010, Caveman has shared the stage with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Cursive, Here We Go Magic, Wye Oak and Yuck in under a year. Consisting of Matthew Iwanusa (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar), Stefan Marolachakis (drums, vocals), Sam Hopkins (synthesizer, vocals) and Jeff Berrall (bass, vocals), Caveman takes their listeners on journeys through progressive colorful soundscapes. Four part harmony vocals coupled with tribal drum rhythms, ethereal synth work, and furiously distorted guitar echoes made Johnny Brenda’s intimate stage setting feel like a monstrous amphitheater.
Caveman is set for a digital release of their debut album CoCo Beware on September 13th, followed by the physical CD and vinyl release on November 15th. In honor of their first release, the band has made “Old Friend” available as a free download online.