It’s been a while! How’ve you been? We’re writing you from our home in Montreal. We miss you and wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to.
Since we released our debut EP in 2015, it feels like we’ve grown so much within Canada’s indie music scene. Our songs have charted among the Top 20 on CBC Music; we’ve played some super memorable shows at major festivals and conferences such as SXSW, Osheaga, Pride Toronto, Halifax Pop Explosion; we had some sweet syncs in The New Romantic, Orange is the New Black, Killjoys; we won the 2017 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class; and we’ve supported some of the best artists such as Japanese Breakfast, Tash Sultana, Tom Walker, Ria Mae, Cub Sport, and Wintersleep. We’re so grateful and proud, and we’re only just getting started!
We’ve always wanted to make a record. We still remember years ago, sitting in our living room, listening to records and saying: one day we’ll have an album of our own. In the early days of the band, we shared a loft to focus full-time on songwriting and rehearsing. We learned a lot during that time - like how curtains aren’t a good substitute for walls - but mainly we bonded over how passionate we were about Caveboy as a project and how excited we were for the chance to share our music with people everywhere. Since then, we released an EP and several singles, always trying to follow the ever-changing “rules” of the industry, but really just fighting our real yearning to create something bigger.
One day, out of nowhere, we decided on our new mantra: fuck the system! We realized that the number of bands in popular music is declining faster and faster each day, and it breaks our hearts. We take so much pride in our D.I.Y. punk approach to being every cog in our machine and we’re tired of worrying if there is room for us. So we decided to follow our gut and put literally everything we had into making an album.
We wrote close to 40 songs and searched high and low for the right producer. We felt like our previous material never managed to reach the sonic level we dreamt of because of our limited budget and experience. We’ve always been so precious about our music and have struggled to let outsiders into our creative process. It dawned on us that we would have to let our guard down to create something truly special. We finally found the collaborative partner we’d been dreaming of in Derek Hoffman (RALPH, The Trews, Arkells). We immediately referred to Derek as the fourth brain of Caveboy. He knew exactly what we wanted; he took what was in our heads and turned it into reality. Our dream team spent six months through the winter of 2018 and 2019 working through all our demos to create the 10-song world of our debut album Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark. We couldn’t be more proud of it.
We hope there is something on this record for you to relate to, for you to sing along to, for you to scream along to, for you to cry along to, for you to fall in love to, for you to fall out of love to, for you to reconnect to, for you to dance to, and for you to feel it all to.
We’ll continue to put everything we are and everything we have into this band. There is us in everything we do and everything we do is for you. We love you.
xo Michelle, Isabelle, Lana
Michelle Bensimon – lead vocals, guitar, synth
Isabelle Banos – synth, bass, backing vocals
Lana Cooney – drums, percussion, backing vocals
"Caveboy came out like punks, but played like rock stars. They took over the room with their infectious energy and their incredible mix of 80’s pop, dance music, and alternative rock."
"Mixing ‘80s-indebted new wave tunes with a sprinkle of dance-punk, as well as melodies appealing to fans of artists as classic as Bruce Springsteen and as modern as HAIM, their catchy repertoire of material – plus a brief cover of Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around… Comes Around” – made for a rightfully well-received set."
"Caveboy absolutely need to release a full-length album soon. I feel like life’s further existence depends on it. The band was a lively experience with vocals that could blow the roof off. They are a much more unhinged Tegan and Sara, with summer songs and guitar solos that could make you dance yourself silly. The band asked whether their audience wanted a Justin Timberlake or a Selena Gomez cover. With the latter choice winning, the band soothed the crowd. At one point, the each member grouped themselves close together, and in unison they lost control. It was a loveable and unforgettable chaos."
"First up was Caveboy, young Indie pop trio from Montreal. Their energetic, thirty-minute set featured peppy drumming, danceable beats, jangly guitars, simple yet dark bass grooves, warming synths, and loops and washes galore. "
"J’arrive à la scène verte juste à temps pour Caveboy. On nous vend le trio féminin montréalais comme un nouveau regard sur l’indie-pop. J’étais perplexe en arrivant, mais la formation assure réellement : au lieu d’une dream pop mielleuse, il y avait dans la proposition des trois jeunes femmes un petit côté animal et énergique qui n’était pas à négliger."