Photo credit: Chris Kornelis
On the last night of their tour with Department of Eagles, the Cave Singers sounded gratified to finish in front of a hometown audience. In fact, freed of the need to charm a crowd of strangers, the trio played the night their way. They ignored their single "Oh, Christine," and started out slow, languidly building up momentum.
Frontman Pete Quirk sounded like a man who's spent the past decade shredding his
vocal cords and was finally getting to revel in the effect. With
the slow, soft numbers like "Seeds of Night" and "Helen," he cradled
the song in his scratchy, pinched voice. But by the time the band rolled into "Dancing Into Our Graves," Marty Lund striping the washboard, Derek Fudesco picking quick figures in his guitar, Quirk unleashed its charismatic weirdness, yelping, stomping, and twitching all the while, as much snake handler as rock musician.