Seattle is known for its dreary weather. What Seattle isn’t necessarily known for is the random incredibly clear, sunny, gorgeous days that very sporadically occur in April. The same night I was supposed to spend an evening with The Cave Singers happened to be on one of these days, so needless to say, after suffering through a horrid winter and finally seeing a glimpse of a different season – I wasn’t too excited about going indoors.

Showbox At The Market
Seattle, WA
2011 – 04/23

The Young Evils

Luckily, the hometown quintet The Young Evils provided a sunny disposition to contrast with the indoor confines of Showbox at the Market. The band plays a solid showing of rock and roll fueled by the dual harmonious vocals of Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer. Mercer and Nelson’s vocals often cheekily bounce off each other’s, furthering a poppy mentality with healthy little doses of sun-filled surf rock peppered throughout. Rain clouds be damned, The Young Evils probably could’ve parted the clouds that night (if they weren’t already).

The Cave Singers

As The Cave Singers took the stage, the crowd at the Showbox had swelled in its size to the appropriate levels for the folk trio’s homecoming. The Cave Singers have been on the road for a while, but it is well apparent that Pete Quirk, Derek Fudesco, and Marty Lund appreciate the sentiments of Seattle’s love. The band fired through virtually the entirety of this year’s fantastic No Witch, along with all the hits off of Invitation Songs and Welcome Joy. As dirty, yet polished, as Cave Singers are, Quirk’s reckless abandonment of the microphone in fits of tambourine-playing emotion is endearing. Lund pounds away and Fudesco roughly spoils each and every song he plays next, by confirming he has the initial guitar diddy down. The Cave Singers are the picture-perfect mishmash of alt-country with a Seattle twist: on record, sounding serene and backwatery; live, no band will bring the haphazard joys of rock and roll to the stage better.

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