Psychedelic rock has always held an awkward place in my heart. It’s not that I dislike it: believe me, I will dance around my room to some Black Angels or The Warlocks whenever I’ve got the anxsty feeling built up inside me. It’s something more than that, however: I guess it felt like a genre of music which didn’t belong to my generation. Growing up with Pokémon and Green Day is not really the formula for LSD trips and spiritual awakenings.
Cave has given me a whole new look on this outlook, however. They first awakened me with Psychic Psummer, a barrage of percussion and heavy riffs to the face. With their latest release, “Neverendless”, there’s something more to it. The anger is not nearly there so much as a complacent thoughtfulness. It’s a forceful push through the idiosyncrasies that exist all around us, not so much a fuck you as it is a wading momentum through the society that seems to have already been built on top of us.
I had my skepticisms with Cave after their first album but with Neverendless, I see a whole new group in my eyes. They are not trying to replicate the past, rather they are making our own history, something that our children may look back on and not believe that we listened to. It’s probably better that way. Grab a listen and be sure to catch them live (after all, with all the piracy running rampant now a days, you basically owe it to them to see them live). We may never live in the free-spirit era of the 60’s and 70’s but what we’ve got is even better. It just takes a resourceful mind to open up the neverendless nature of our existence. Enjoy.