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Home > Cave Painting: British Music Abroad

Cave Painting: British Music Abroad


SXSW 2013

Event date:

12 - 17 March 2013

Event venue:

various, Austin, Texas, USA

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Sometimes you have to delve deep among the roots of a band to truly understand where they sit today. And searching for the origins of Brighton five-piece Cave Painting requires a burrow into their previous incarnation – a learning curve they wouldn’t be so fully formed or layered now without having experienced (and cast off). So it was that singer Adam Kane, keyboard player Sam Simon, guitarist Harry Smallwood, bassist Richard Snabel and drummer Jonathan McCawley came together from cities and towns scattered around the country to Brighton, formed a band, called it Rob The Rich, and promptly began writing and playing together.

By the time Cave Painting announced their first live show, at London’s The Social in April 2011, demos had been fizzing around the inboxes of the movers and shakers of the capital’s industry bigwigs, and the venue was packed to the rafters. And after storming that show, Cave Painting were soon on the road that saw them firming up a deal with Third Rock Recordings, the label set up by former Parlophone MD Keith Wozencroft, the man who signed Radiohead and built a roster that included Sigur Ros, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Kylie and LCD Soundsystem.

An album was in the bag within two months, no dramas, and acted as a slingshot into a UK-wide tour with Alt-J as well as a slew of their own
headline shows.

Touch-points those who witnessed the shows were the bands who straddle the line between unashamedly epic and delicately deft – and it’s always the finest of lines. All members of Cave Painting love The National and Arcade Fire – stuff that feels right in front of thousands, a strong enough pull for the masses, but with no compromise, nothing sold-out, and nothing lost with the expansion.

Cave Painting have been granted funding from PRSF/British Music Abroad to help them make the trip to SXSW 2013 this March.  Their performances there, details of which are still being finalised mark their debut appearances in the US.  To mark the event the band will release a special US only digital relase via their label Third Rock Recordings, Pias International and iTunes. The EP is called ‘Midnight Love’ and features that song as well as ‘Light Show’  ‘Rio’ and ‘Our Click Say Yeah’.

Said singer Adam Kane “We are extremely grateful to PRSF/British Music Abroad Funding for helping us achieve our ambition to play SXSW,  we would not have been able to make the trip without their support, and we plan to take advantage of this opportunity to announce ourselves to the US industry and media.  It’s a great chance for us and we intend to grab it with both hands”

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