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Hear Caveman’s Dreamy New Wave Romp ‘In the City’

Caveman / Photo by Phil Di Fiore

New York indie-rock quintet Caveman return on April 2 with their self-titled second album Caveman via Fat Possum, the follow-up to their 2011 debut CoCo Beware. The LP was recorded at Brooklyn’s Rumpus Room with Nick Stumpf serving as the band’s producer for a second time around. As a taste of what this prehistorically-named group has been up to, Caveman also unveiled the eponymous album’s first single, “In the City,” a dreamy, fist-pumping new wave anthem that sounds like Low-Life-era New Order covering War on Drugs — a real, uh, evolution from their folkier first album.

The band traveled up to guitarist James Carbonetti’s grandmother’s place in New Hampshire to work on the new LP. “It was literally the attic of her barn, lit up by Christmas lights. We’d all sit in this one room together and one by one we’d all go into the bathroom and record ourselves making the most psycho noises possible,” singer Matthew Iwanusa says. “It actually felt kind of like a weird breakthrough. We were all confident and comfortable enough with each other to try out these experiments, which extended itself into the making of the new record…which is really just an evolution of this vibe that we’d been cultivating for long time.”