Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Cave Singers w/ Absolutely, Greatest Lakes, Icarus Himself and Slow Walker
Tonight @ Cactus Club, 7 p.m.
Neither Pretty Girls Make Graves nor Hint Hint were known for restraint or subtlety, so it was a surprise when members of those wild-eyed indie-rock bands formed The Cave Singers, a trio that prefers terse folk-rock and bluesy dirges. While nobody will mistake them for Fleet Foxes—their songs are sparse and raw, often leaning on a primal, percussive thump—this Seattle group has emerged as an unlikely but welcome addition to the crowded indie-folk scene. The group filled their 2009 album for Matador Records, Welcome Joy, with elemental images of death, nature and baptism, and the group's 2011 follow-up, No Witch, was even moodier.