The Villanovan turns the tide on Boston’s Cave In



Jean Ellen Gismervik

Since its inception in 1995, Massachusetts’ Cave In has been re-infusing the life blood of rock ‘n’ roll with a larger-than-life sound. With its latest release, “Tides of Tomorrow,” dropping Oct. 15, Cave In will be pushing this sound into a forefront inundated with Indie rock. But this is one band not influenced by current trends describing “Tides” sound as “more natural, more focused” influenced more by classic rockers such as Yes, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. I had a chance to talk with Cave In before they took the stage of the TLA last Monday.

Jean Gismervik: What is your favorite state to drive through but not play in?

Caleb Scofield: I don’t know.

Sound Technician: Montana, definitely Montana.

C: We actually played in this really cool bar there where you could get beer and a burger for a buck.

JG: So you don’t get free beer? Then why play rock ‘n’ roll?

C: The women, right JR?

JR: Well we don’t get women and we don’t get free beer so I guess you can say we’re just in it for the rock.

JG: Do you know anything about Villanova?

JR: Villanova, no, what is it?

JG: It’s our school. You are originally from north of Boston so were you cheering for Miss Massachusetts during the Miss America Pageant this past weekend?

C: I didn’t even know there was a Miss America.

JG: Well she didn’t even make the top ten.

JR: There are ugly people in Massachusetts.

JG: Now that you are more often in the public eye do you feel pressure from Hollywood and the music industry like many of today’s movie and pop stars to lose weight and maintain a specific image?

C: Absolutely, I mean we have a very strict exercise routine.

JR: Eric’s breakfast every morning is a cigarette and a Coca-Cola.

JG: How do you feel about ‘N SYNC’s Justin Timberlake going solo?

C: I definitely think it will be good for his career. I actually like the song, I saw him on the VMAs the other night and he was doing his whole Michael Jackson thing, it was good.

JG: The music scene recently has been flooded with garage and indie rock bands, does this mean rock is back to stay?

C: There are these cycles where something really big comes along and ousts something bad like hair bands. I think a lot of people were waiting for something to come along to up the whole rap metal thing that’s been going on. There have been a lot of these indie bands that are popping out of the woodwork that we’ve known about for a long time and all of a sudden they’re all over MTV and on the covers of magazines.

JG: What did you think was the best album last year?

C: Did PJ Harvey’s album come out last year?

JG: If you could wake up tomorrow with the ability to do something you couldn’t the night before what would it be?

C: I would like to be able to play the piano really well.

JR: I would probably want to be able to go back in time, like five minutes, to change something I just did.

C: Oh wait, dude, I want that!

JR: Sorry, you can’t go back now and change it.