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December 20, 2000
Cave In is an anomaly of a band that doesn't seem to want to stop evolving. Every release by this group of individuals seems to hit a completely different base than before, and every hit is worth an open ear. Heavy metal, space rock, punk, prog, pop rock- slap them with any label you want, they won't be stationary long. Hopping on tour quite recently with The Explosion, Cave In are still on the road supporting Antenna and throwing in a couple oldies for fun. On the Cleveland stop of the tour, I got to sit down with bassist Caleb Scofield to discuss being on a major label, new fans, and heavy metal.
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How long have you been on the road supporting Antenna so far?

Uh, shit- we started touring before Antenna even came out. We've been touring pretty much non stop since January, and a year prior to that we were on the road quite a bit. So, about a year and a half. We've been goin' pretty strong.

It sounds like youre in it for the long haul.

Yeah, and its not over yet

With major label help, you guys are playing festivals like Lollapalooza, which might not have been possible before. Do you like the festival circuit?

Yeah, Lollapalooza was our first time doing anything like that, and we all had a blast. It was definitely fun to play in front of a bunch of people who never even heard of your band before. It kind of presented a new challenge because instead of shows like this, or especially our own shows where everyone there has heard of you and has your records. But when you're doing something like Lollapalooza, you're there to get the attention of everyone, to try to win them over, and to try to get them to come next time. It was a blast.

Although the majority of people didn't know who Cave In was when you started playing, do you think you were well received?

Yeah. I mean, we haven't been booed off the stage yet, which is pretty good. I feel that especially in front of these kind of festival crowds that as long as you're a loud rock band, and there is some heaviness there, you avoid the heckling or getting booed off stage or anything like that. We go over pretty well.

How are things going over at RCA- Are they treating you well?

No comment [tense laughter].

Should this question be stricken from the record?

No, No. There are ups and downs to every situation. It has been really beneficial for us overseas to be on a major label, but I can't say its done anything for us here in America. I feel like if Antenna came out on Hydrahead we would have sold just as many copies.

Well that actually brings us straight to my next question- do you regret leaving Hydrahead?

Uh, I don't regret it because its all about learning. You know, learning from your mistakes and not repeating them. There's a lot of things I miss about being on Hydrahead without a doubt. I don't regret doing what we did. From the get-go we just decided this would be something that we would try out and if it didn't work out, then whatever. We weren't going to cease to exist as a band if we didn't have a major label backing us.

What is it like to be playing songs from Until Your Heart Stops again?

Uh, Fun! [Laughter]

I guess this was the obligatory question of the interview.

Yeah- its kind of sparked a new light within all of us because, you know, we've just been touring non-stop for so long, playing the same songs every night. We are kinda just like "What are we doing, let's play some older stuff. Let's play some metal". Its been a blast and our fans totally appreciate it. Its been awesome.

I noticed that you took on lead vocals for the metal songs. Is this going to be a permanent situation?

Well yeah. If Stephen [Brodsky] were to do that he would shred his voice and he wouldn't be able to sing properly. So I've basically been sitting in the back of the van for the past two weeks with Until Your Heart Stops on the headphones and my bass, and trying to memorize the lyrics, which I didn't write and never even really knew in the first place. On top of that, trying to remember how to play all of that fucking crazy shit. Its been quite the chore and its been really fun you know, but I still haven't perfected it yet. I don't think anyone notices- they're too busy moshing. [Laughter]

Do you think a lot of the new fans are accepting all of the different styles of playing that you are throwing at them?

Its cool because a lot of people that I've talked to at the past few shows where we've played the metal stuff, they've been like, "I didn't even know you guys did that stuff. That's awesome". No one has been like "That's lame, why do you do that". Everyone's into it. So its cool, because you got the old fans that are maybe starting to lose interest because we really haven't been feeding them the bone lately as far our old stuff goes, and now they are coming to our shows and being like, "Holy shit I can't believe you are doing this". Then on the same hand we have the newer fans that are just like, "Holy shit, what the hell is this?". They see how everyone reacts, and they realize its ok for them to like it too. So it works out.

On future recordings, do you see experimental guitar distortion and effects pedals being used as much as on past albums?

Yeah, definitely. I mean, I think the next record is going to get heavier. The heavy parts will be heavier and the psychedelic parts will be more psychedelic.

Where do you see Cave In five years from now?

That's tricky. I can't really say where were gonna be, but I hope that we are still functioning as a band, and I hope things will have escalated a little bit, gotten a little better. Because that's what its all about, you know, just constantly working, and progressing. I just hope we are still doing it. Its all I can really ask for.

SEE ALSO: www.cavein.net
SEE ALSO: www.hydrahead.com

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Adam Jaenke
A contributing writer for LAS, Adam Jaenke is from Eau Claire. Isn't that also the name of a pastry?

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