Cave Singers, Lightning Dust, Bailiff | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., Sept. 12, 10 p.m. 2009

Cave Singers front man Peter Quirk used to sing for a Seattle goth-disco band called Hint Hint, where he had to strain to fit his craggily warbly animal voice into the dark, glossy music. But on Welcome Joy (Matador), the Cave Singers’ sophomore album, Quirk sounds at home, his holler at peace with its setting. Fittingly, the record is a happy one, earnest and pleasant, and its simple rustic-sounding songs are about simple things: dreams, love, being in nature, mushrooms (the kind for cooking, not for tripping). The band grew out of Quirk’s basement acoustic-guitar jams with housemate Derek Fudesco, at the time the bassist in Pretty Girls Make Graves, and became a trio when they invited drummer and guitarist Marty Lund along. The simple guitar patterns and relentless but understated beats (often just tambourine and kick drum) give Welcome Joy a rarefied air, as though there’s something untainted at the heart of the music—the Cave Singers are like Lungfish reborn as a front-porch band, ignorant of sin and vice and unscathed by the evils of the world. Lightning Dust and Bailiff open. —Jessica Hopper

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