Independent rock band Cavo has spent the past 14 years flying just under the mainstream radar, crafting music that is truly worth hearing. Nine in all (four albums and five EPs) those records have each left audiences wondering what has kept the band just under that radar. Now Friday, the band will release its latest record (digitally at that) in the form of Bridges, Bright Nights & Thieves. The 11-song record has already produced a handful of singles in the form of ‘Without You,’ ‘Wolves,’ ‘Lead On’ ‘Muscle Memory,’ and its cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Come Undone.’ There are even an updated takes of the band’s own songs ‘Ghost,’ ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Cynical.’ ‘Cynical’ was originally featured in the band’s 2018 album by the same name while ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Ghost’ were originally featured in the band’s 2009 album, Bright Nights, Dark Days. So it goes without saying that the band’s latest record has a lot for audiences to like just from everything noted here. It is just a part of what audiences have to enjoy. Just as noteworthy is ‘What Does It Feel Like?’ This late entry to the album’s 42-minute run time will be addressed shortly. ‘No Way,’ the record’s midpoint of sorts is another notable addition to the record. It will be discussed a little later. ‘We Were Wrong’ is also worth noting in examining this record’s strong points. When it and the other songs noted here are all considered together, they make the record in whole still more proof of why Cavo deserves more attention than it has received from the mainstream rock and even pop communities.
Cavo’s forthcoming record Bridges, Bright Nights & Thieves (named after the band’s albums, Bridges, Bright Nights Dark Days, and Thick as Thieves) is another offering from the independent rock band that audiences established and otherwise will enjoy. The five singles that it has already produced and its three updated takes of its own older songs do plenty to support the noted statement. They are just a portion of what audiences will like about the record. There is still a trio of other songs left that audiences will enjoy just as much, not the least of which being ‘What Does It Feel Like?’ The musical arrangement featured in ‘What Does It Feel Like?’ immediately makes the song a fit for any active rock radio station programmer’s play list. That is because of its clear stylistic similarity to works from the likes of Theory of a Deadman. The steady time keeping from drummer Andy Herrin and bass line from Brian Smith form a solid foundation for the song along with the vocal delivery of front man Casey Walker. Guitarist Chris Hobbs’ own performance here works with the noted instrumentation and vocals to make the song in whole such a catchy, infectious work that is the most commercially viable of the album’s entries.
As much as the song’s musical content does to make it stand out, the lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement does its own share to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment. The lyrical theme featured in ‘What Does It Feel Like?’ comes across as a deep statement about what someone must think and feel as he/she deals with so much emotional struggle from self and from others. This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus as Walker sings, “Wanting to hide/Just a place you can run to/Saving a life after all that you’ve been through/But they take what they want/’Cause they know what you hide/Tell me you realize/Changing the lives…What does it feel like/Holding it all inside/What does it feel like/Leaving the world tonight/Feels like I’m living a lie.” The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse in which Walker sings, “You’re the last one alive/And you know that’s never gonna change/You know what it’s like/’Cause it’s always been the same/Well the words never change/And the voice never fades/Tell me it’s too late/Changing your mind/Never changes that it won’t fade away.” The later mention in the song’s third and final verse that “the world is here and then it’s gone” is sort of a sarcastic statement to that person who seems to be feeling thoughts of “oh woe is me” at least in the ears and mind of this critic. To that end, the song in whole seems to be a commentary about people holding things in, feeling so sorry for themselves and that ultimately in holding everything in is to no end. It really is an interesting social commentary of sorts that is certain to resonate with a wide range of listeners. The fire in the song’s musical arrangement adds even more impact to the seeming statement. In hindsight, it seems to develop a sense of frustration from the main speaker as he addresses that person that is just apparently feeling so sorry for himself/herself. The whole makes clear why this song is such an important addition to the album. It is just one more of the songs that makes the album so worth hearing. ‘No Way’ is another notable addition to the album.
‘No Way’ will appeal to any pop punk fan with its catchy musical arrangement. Walker and Hobbs immediately grab listeners with their respective performances here. As Herrin and Smith join in, the group in whole makes the song’s arrangement that much more engaging and entertaining for the noted audiences. The richness in the song’s musical arrangement makes the impact of the song’s lyrical theme all the more appealing, again, to the noted listeners.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘No Way’ is a relatively easy topic to decipher. This song’s lyrical theme is that of a breakup. At first it seems otherwise as Walker’s subject tells the female love interest to “Come and lay your head down/You’ve been waiting for so long/And now it’s pulling you back to the place where it all began/Come and rest your head now/You’ve been crying for too long/This rejection is more than you need on a hard day/I think the summer’s burning out/The moment you leave/I think there’s more that we should say/Don’t you agree…I know you know.” That sense of a breakup continues in the song’s verse as the subject continues in similar fashion. The mention in the song’s chorus that “Your eyes are lying/If it kills you to try/Then walk away/Save me from my pain/I swear you know what to say” adds even more to the sense that this is another song centered on a relationship at its end. This is a man who apparently just wants the truth from that woman rather than being led on. Again, this is all just this critic’s own interpretation. When the song’s musical arrangement is joined with the seeming lyrical theme, it makes the emotion of the moment all the richer and impacting. To that end that overall accessibility will keep this song engaging and entertaining just as much as ‘How Does It Feel?’ and so many of the album’s other songs. It is just one more of the works that makes this record in whole stand out, too. ‘We Were Wrong’ is yet another of the record’s most notable works.
‘We Were Wrong’ is interesting in part because its musical arrangement also boasts a certain pop punk sensibility that is unique from that of ‘No Way.’ At the same time, the subtle guitar line against Walker’s vocals also hints at something of a late 80s/early 90s pop rock influence. Yes, it sounds like an odd juxtaposition, but it somehow manages to work well here. Even more interesting here is that Walker’s vocals actually sound so similar to those of Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz. Whether that was intentional is anyone’s guess. Regardless, the similarity is there and it makes the song’s musical aspect all the more interesting.
The song’s musical arrangement is just a part of what makes it notable. The song’s lyrical theme adds even more to its interest. As with ‘No Way,’ the lyrical theme featured in ‘We Were Wrong’ centers on a breakup. Right from the get go, Walker’s statements about everything going wrong and that “I guess we stayed too long…I guess there’s no choice but to leave” makes that evident. The sentiment continues in similar fashion from there through the rest of the song. To that end, the once again accessible lyrical theme and equally accessible and unique musical arrangement makes the song all the more engaging and entertaining for the noted audiences. When this song, the others examined here and the rest of the record’s works are considered together, the whole makes the record in whole more proof that Cavo deserves much more attention and credit from the mainstream rock realm than it receives and has received.
Cavo’s forthcoming record, Bridges, Bright Nights & Thieves is a strong new offering from the band. It is a presentation that the band’s established audiences and more casual listeners alike will appreciate. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. Each of the songs examined here prove that just as much as the record’s already released singles and its trio of updated works. Each item is important in its own way to the whole of the record. All things considered, they make this record a welcome return from Cavo.
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