Cave Birds’ single launch puts them in top flight

Cave Birds.
Cave Birds.

Review: Cave Birds, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Unveiling their new single In Love From Afar with an easy panache, the Cave Birds take all the melodrama of grandiose1980s pop and leave out its cheesier aspects.

This Leeds/Harrogate-based four-piece guitar band are ‘indie’ in the sense that The Killers are - without those disco dancefloor beats, however.

Musically sophisticated with a great array of guitar effects, these are no beginners stretching for something beyond their reach.

They already sound signed, they already sound too big for the lovely Brudenell Social Club.

Led by slightly louche vocalist, songwriter and producer Tom Brookes there’s an underlying romance in the band’s magnificent sound reflected in their stylish frontman’s swept-back hair and smart suit.

It’s as if he was an English poet of the inter-war years rather than a would-be rock star,

Indeed, his influences mix such literate pop songwriters as Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen and Dylan with genuine literary figures Ted Hughes, R.S. Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Charles Bukowski.

Not that there’s anything miserable about this stirring band.

Their set is packed with good songs whose waves rise further then they fall.

None sound like instant number 1s, not even the new single released on 7” vinyl through Two Sisters Records, but I’ve got a feeling Cave Birds are the kind of band who grow on you a bit at a time.

I’m not alone in thinking this. After good reviews for previous single Some Lightning Thrill, they’ve already been featured on BBC and BBC Introducing, plus an NME Radio and XFM.

Confident and accomplished, Cave Birds are arty but accessible, a band to be taken seriously.

Graham Chalmers