30 Seconds: Cave Painting

Brighton-based Cave Painting five-piece play what they call ‘atmospheric and alternative pop’ - M gets to know how they write and who they’d love to work with…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 26 Oct 2012
  • min read
Cave Painting must be doing something right – the Brighton-based guitar band earnt themselves a record deal with Third Rock Recordings, the label set up by former-Parlophone MD Keith Wozencroft, off the back of their emotive guitar rock.

The five piece - comprising of lead vocalist Adam Kane, keyboardist Sam Simon, guitarist Harry Smallwood, bassist Richard Snabel and drummer Jonathan McCawley - have been performing together since 2010 and didn’t need long to cause a stir with their blistering live shows. They’ve since released a debut EP You'll Be Running Soon and most recently, their debut album Votive Life, recorded with well known producer Barny Barnicott, (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian).

The band cite Arcade Fire and Wild Beasts as key influences while they’ve toured with Mercury Music Prize nominated Alt-J and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes on his solo outings. Check out their debut full length record to see what all the fuss is about. We asked them to divulge their creative secrets and who they'd like to work with...

How long have you been making music?

Since our early teens. We were all in bands at school

What inspired your latest single/EP/album?

Our latest single So Calm is actually one of our oldest songs and one of the first we wrote as a band. Lyrically it references escapism and is very much based on the idea of new beginnings and change.

What process do you go through to create your music?

Often Sam will come to us with the basic skeleton of a song. We then get this into the rehearsal room where everyone will add their parts and we usually build from there. However, there's no set way - sometimes a song will come from a jam in rehearsal.

How would you describe your sound?

Atmospheric and alternative pop.

What would your dream collaboration be?

As a band I'm really not sure, but I'd have no qualms with Kanye West

Where can we catch you performing next?

We’re currently on tour supporting Gaz Coombes.