Musicscan: A couple of years ago Cave In has been one of the most influential
bands of that time, when mathrock and the chaotic stuff became
popular. From my point of view the scene as such, its spirit and
philosophy has changed drastically since than. From your point of
view - has it changed for good? How would you rate the current
'scene' as such or aren't you interested in things like that anymore?
Cave In: We're definitely in our own world these days, which makes this a hard question to answer. But we still hear current bands and artists out there making great music, so that at least hasn't changed.
Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit
of the band in the early days. What kind of philosophy is the basis
for Cave In being around nowadays? Has your point of view on music
in general changed in any way?
Cave In: In the early years we wanted to be a presence, to be heard, and much effort was put into playing as many shows as possible. These days we get together when we can, when both time and life allow us the opportunity.
Musicscan: After being back from the break: How do you feel about your place
within the heavy scene as well as in between tradition and gaining
new ground to bring forth what the metal, rock and hardcore heroes
you grew up with did before Cave In were around?
Cave In: We've always searched for ways to remain well-rounded within playing heavy music. That way there's some musical curveballs to keep things interesting.
Musicscan: Being around for awhile with different bands and projects, does it
bother you when you see or meet kids who ignore or have a different
understanding of what heavy music means to you?
Cave In: Personally I think it's great to hear heavy music continuing to evolve. Maybe because I understand how exciting it feels to try and push those boundaries.
Musicscan: Looking on extreme music in general you can find lots of sub-scenes
and styles, the underground is changing all the time. Are there
bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to
what you have with Cave In?
Cave In: Another hard question to answer. Cave In's been quite a rollercoaster and it's not over yet. But anyone who's been doing this as long as we have or even longer, that alone can be something to bond over.
Musicscan: White Silence finds separation through passion and honesty,
something you are not hearing too often these days. It's
experimental and brutal and it's having a good dramaturgy to keep
things interesting. What is your attitude towards your music in
general, and what are you heading for?
Cave In: We definitely haven't lost the thrill of playing loudly in a room together, which I think sounds pretty obvious when listening to White Silence. And the softer moments are there to ease you into the album's end.
Musicscan: In short: Was it a conscious decision to record an album like White
Silence or "just" a natural development?
Cave In: We knew we wanted to take our time recording it and also to make something the four of us felt united on releasing, both of which I think we achieved.
Musicscan: You created a record that consists of different layers and extremes.
On the one hand side, it consists of rude arrangements, on the other
hand side there's this emotional touch with an incomparable
atmosphere. Do you think that this diversity makes White Silence a
stronger record? It takes some time to get to the point and people
have to invest time in discovering the songs.
Cave In: Yeah there's a newfound sense of freedom in some of the arrangements that I like. And it was fun layering frequencies to elevate the songs. The overall sound and feel has a lot to do with us self-recording an album for the first time. I enjoy hearing the trial and error taking place behind the scenes!
Musicscan: I'd like to know which song is your favourite one of the new album,
musically and lyrically, and why especially this one, and after
having listened to the songs over and over again - What do ypu
personally think is the most fascinating aspect about White Silence?
Cave In: "Sing My Loves" is the stand out for me. It was the easiest one to write, which is often not the case with the longest song on your album. Also I think this might be the only Cave In song with the word "love" in the title. It's about time!
Musicscan: How do you guys make sure to develop as musicians and songwriters?
Is there something you do on a constant base beside going to the
rehearsal room and practicing at home? And do you still have to deal
with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a
position to realize all the ideas you have?
Cave In: We're all fairly active music listeners, and I'm continually being turned onto new stuff by everyone in the band. When it comes to musical limitations, you just gotta figure out creative ways to somehow use them to your advantage, and hopefully have some fun in the process.
Musicscan: As for Cave In - how important are compromises in music? Should this
play a major role at all? To me it seems that you are not willing to
take compromises into consideration at all.
Cave In: To say we think 100% alike at all times would be a wild exaggeration. Inevitably there are always compromises made in creative partnerships. I think it's a matter of having 15 years under our belts that we've learned to trust each other's instincts and work together towards simple common goals.
Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about
to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them
with White Silence?
Cave In: There's a lot of firsts for us on this album. For instance, Caleb sings lead melodic vocals and playing lots of guitar, Adam wrote and played a few different key-based instruments, J.R. bashed a garbage can for some raw percussion... and of course, the self-recorded nature of it all came out pretty wild.
Musicscan: Just let's briefly talk about your plans in 2011. What are the most
important aims and plans with Cave In? What is about to happen to
support the release of White Silence?
Cave In: We plan to start getting in shape soon for a few US shows lined up this fall. Should be a good way to polish off the year.