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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Review: Cavashawn - Cavashawn EP

Cavashawn - Cavashawn EP
2008, Burning Man Music

Cavashawn has a rust belt intensity in their work ethic that fuels the cheerful intensity of their music. The Ohio born band base themselves out of Chicago these days, but carry with them an intense regional following they’ve built from years of hard work and passion. Also known for a time as Marking Twain, Cavashawn cooks up songs full of great hooks, gorgeous harmonies and a strong pop sensibility. Their debut EP, Cavashawn is an exciting introduction!

Cavashawn opens with Out Of My Mind, sounding like something Weezer cooked up while jamming with Matchbox 20. The song is built on some great hooks, strong harmonies and a highly memorable melody. It also has just enough rock attitude to set it apart from your typical radio/guitar pop. Madison is a rueful ode to an unreachable love with great pop/rock commercial possibilities. Thrill is a driving rock tune built on a walking piano line and lush harmonies. Thrill is best track on Cavashawn and the sort of tune that could make significant impact on pop/rock radio. The EP closes with the introspective Just Because. There's a definite resemblance to Matchbox 20 on this track.

Cavashawn brings a strong pop sense to commercially accessible guitar rock. An amazingly pleasant voice, great melodic reach and arching harmonies make this a delicious little sampler. If Cavashawn can deliver this type of material consistently over time it's going to be one long, successful career. Expect to hear these guys everywhere in the not too distant future.

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

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